Get to know Poughkeepsie, NY

The city of Poughkeepsie lies in the Hudson Valley, halfway between New York City and Albany.  It is known as “The Queen City of the Hudson”.  Originally purchased by two Europeans in 1686 for their families, the settlement grew quickly.  The city was chartered in 1854, but the city and town are often viewed as one place.  It served as the state’s second capital following the Revolutionary War.  Throughout the 19th century, industry flourished with shipping, mills, and breweries located along the Hudson River contributing to the economy.  The natural beauty, as well as the proximity to New York City, led to several wealthy families to build weekend mansions nearby, including the Astors and Vanderbilts.  Poughkeepsie is also home to the oldest continuously operating entertainment venue in New York, the Bardavon 1869 Opera House.  Famous residents have included G. Gordon Liddy and Mark Parker.

Quick Facts

Population: 30,635

Median Household Income: $38,919

Median Property Value: $196,800

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