Communities

Historic Roots Drive 21st Century Momentum

Presidents and poets, industrialists and inventors, farmers and philanthropists have all been drawn to Dutchess County through the years for its enviable location nestled between the Hudson River and the Southern Berkshires, proximity to New York City, industrious people and bucolic charm.

The waterfront cities of Beacon and Poughkeepsie are experiencing a rebirth, with an influx of small businesses attracted by the scenic beauty, culture, affordability, and opportunity for growth. Quaint towns and villages like Pawling, Rhinebeck, Millbrook, Millerton, Fishkill, and Wappinger are thriving too—attracting residents, businesses, tourists, celebrities and many second-home owners.

Whether you’re exploring modern apartment living near one of the Metro-North stations, a traditional neighborhood development, or a country retreat, Dutchess County offers an ideal lifestyle for everyone.

Populations by Community (from 2014 Census)

  • Poughkeepsie, Town: 44,944
  • Poughkeepsie, City: 30,716
  • East Fishkill: 29,241
  • Wappinger: 27,194
  • Fishkill, Town: 23,392
  • Hyde Park: 21,474
  • LaGrange: 15,763
  • Beekman: 14,557
  • Beacon: 14,437
  • Red Hook, Town: 11,298
  • Pleasant Valley: 9,708
  • Dover: 8,638
  • Pawling, Town: 8,420
  • Rhinebeck, Town: 7,641
  • Wappingers Falls: 5,377
  • Union Vale: 4,864
  • Washington: 4,725
  • Amenia: 4,399
  • Clinton: 4,306
  • Stanford: 3,819
  • North East: 3,022
  • Rhinebeck, Village: 2,642
  • Pine Plains: 2,576
  • Pawling, Village: 2,297
  • Milan: 2,254
  • Fishkill, Village: 1,923
  • Red Hook, Village: 1,760
  • Millbrook: 1,510
  • Tivoli: 1,091
  • Millerton: 764
“We found the right property in Poughkeepsie. We like the fact that it has a lot of really good bones and potential for the future. We also chose Poughkeepsie because it’s just a beautiful place to live.”
Markusen-Weiss, co-owner of Brooklyn-based Fourth State Metals

TEN PARTNERS | ONE STRATEGY

A premier business-led organization, Think Dutchess Alliance for Business brings together 10 agencies under one unified vision for one-stop shop site selection, financing, incentives, permitting and advocacy, strategic planning and counseling, marketing and networking.