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 Children’s Museum 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 37,736 and nearly 300,000 for the county.
The racial makeup of the city was 52.8% White, 35.7% Black or African American, 10.6% Hispanic or Latino, 1.6% Asian, 0.4% Native American and 9.4% other. Those living below the poverty line made up 22.7% of the total population.
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 College at New Paltz, America Culinary Institute and Marist College.
Vassar Brothers Medical Center is located in the City while nearby health facilities include the Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital, Northern Dutchess Hospital, and Kingston Hospital.
Nearby Stewart Airport offers multiple options for travel around the globe.
A variety of houses of worship exist within the region.