• Known as “The Queen City of the Hudson”, the City of Poughkeepsie sits on the east bank of the Hudson River and features the historic Walkway over the Hudson. The area is recognized for its natural beauty, historical sights, arts, entertainment and nearby colleges and universities. 

    Regional recreational opportunities include golf, fishing, hiking, skiing, and minor league baseball. Cultural sights in the area include the Franklin D. Roosevelt home and historic site, Vanderbilt Mansion, Culinary Institute of America, the Mid-Hudson Discovery Center and the Bardavon 1869 Opera House. Many fine restaurants are found throughout the region. 

    Poughkeepsie is approximately 75 miles north of New York City and 75 miles south of Albany. It is the Dutchess County seat and considered part of the New York Metropolitan area. The 2010 census reported a population for the city of 31,577 and nearly 296,000 for the county. 

    The racial makeup of the city was 45.9% White; 42.7% Black or African American; 3.0% Native American, Alaskan or Hawaiian; and 2.3% Asian. Nearly a quarter of the population, 22.5%, was Hispanic or Latino. Those living below the poverty line made up 18.3% of the total population, according to 2022 Census estimates.

    Employment is centered around education (including higher education), health care, technology, retail and hospitality.

    Nearby colleges and universities include Vassar College, Dutchess Community College, SUNY New Paltz, Culinary Institute of America and Marist College. 

    Vassar Brothers Medical Center is located in the city, while nearby health facilities include the MidHudson Regional Hospital, Northern Dutchess Hospital, and Kingston Hospital.

    Nearby New York Stewart international Airport offers multiple options for travel around the globe. 

    A variety of houses of worship exist within the region.