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Beacon is a city in Dutchess County, in the Poughkeepsie-Newburgh metro area.
The community was named after Mount Beacon, where colonists lit fires to warn of British troops during the Revolution.
The latitude of Beacon is 41.504N. The longitude is -73.97W.It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 138 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 16,059.
After the War of 1812, John Jacob Astor and others built a foundry and cotton mill here
The community was established in 1913 by the merger of Matteawan and Fishkill Landing.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Beacon demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Dutchess County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 12508 ZIP code.
12% of Beacon residents report German ancestry, and 15% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Beacon ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Beacon was $20,654, compared with $21,587 nationally.
19% of Beacon residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
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Median rent in Beacon, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $579. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,193.
Libraries in Beacon include Howland Public Library ... View libraries
Dutchess County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Beacon political report.
The average commute time for Beacon workers is 32 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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