Dutchess County is located in the Mid-Hudson Valley, halfway between New York City and Albany. It is bordered on the west by the Hudson River and on the east by Connecticut. Outside of its two cities—Beacon and Poughkeepsie—Dutchess County has a primarily pastoral and suburban landscape. It is home to many of the Great Estates in the Hudson River Valley as well as the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Homestead and Presidential Library. There are Federal, State, and County parks spanning west from the Taconic Range to the shore of the Hudson River. The page below is a collection of facts and links to help introduce Dutchess to you. The Hudson River Valley Institute appreciates the generous support of the Dutchess County Industrial Development Agency that made the Digital Library and this page possible.
Towns & Villages of Dutchess County
The towns and villages of Dutchess County each have their unique and often historic character—we have provided a listing with links to get you started on your explorations below.
Dutchess County has a wealth of Historic Sites and Parks to explore as well as Libraries and Museums.
- Historic Sites
- Children's Museums
- Federal Parks
- State Parks
- County Parks
Dutchess County offers a wide variety of housing choices throughout its urban, suburban, and pastoral communities.
- Dutchess County Housing
- Average Home Sale Prices for Hudson Valley Counties
- Housing Affordability for Hudson Valley Counties
- Average/median sale prices by County: New York State Association of Realtors
- Official Site of the National Association of Realtors. MLS listings and realtor referrals
- Basic information by zip code on demographics, cost of living, housing and climate, with indices for air pollution, crime and culture
Dutchess County is full of history, culture and, beauty which makes it the ideal place for tourists to visit. The I Love NY: Dutchess County tourism guide will help tourists find exactly what they are looking for so they can get the most out of their Dutchess County experience.
Here you'll find general ideas of the different conditions relative to business operations. Population breakdowns include gender, age, race, and ethnicity, which can be used to identify consumer markets in Dutchess County.
- Dutchess County at a glance
- Demographic Information
- County Demographics
- Dutchess County vs. New York State
- Dutchess County Hospitals and Medical Centers
- Poughkeepsie Journal's Hospital Listings
- American Medical Association: Physician Directory
- New York Directory of Practices: Physician Directory
- Public Schools in Dutchess County
- Private Schools in Dutchess County
- Colleges and Universities in Dutchess County
Working in Dutchess County
The Hudson Valley has one of the most diverse economies in the country. The range of industries includes high technology as well as agriculture, tourism, higher education, health services, finance, legal services, and business services. Ease of access to New York City provides opportunities at the higher end of the income scale. Dutchess County is positioned at the center of the Valley with I-84 and Route 9 as its major commercial corridors.
- Dutchess County Employment Profile
- Marist College Bureau of Economic Research report on the First Quarter 2004
- Unemployment Rate in the Hudson Valley
- Labor Supply and Development
- Labor and Employment
Largest employers include IBM, CH Energy Group, Vassar Brothers Hospital, Vassar College, Saint Francis Hospital, Marist College, the State of New York, and Texaco. Tourism employs 8,600 people; agriculture provides a livelihood for 1,500 residents. For more on employment, please see labor and employment in our economic development section.
Major Hudson River Valley Highways include the New York State Thruway (I-87, I-90), the Taconic State Parkway, I-84, I-287 and I-684.
- Dutchess County Transportation listings
- In Dutchess County
- For the Hudson River Valley
New York State has many incentive programs for relocation and investment. Your business could qualify to become tax-free if it expands in or relocates to one of New York State's 62 Empire Zones (formerly Economic Development Zones).
New York State's Empire Zones (EZs) are designated areas throughout the State that offer special incentives to encourage economic development, business investment and job creation. Certified businesses located within a designated zone are eligible to receive significant tax credits and benefits. EZs are comprised of abundant vacant land, existing prime industrial and commercial buildings, skilled workers and ample power and water resources.
Empire Zones are located throughout the ten-county Hudson River Valley Region.
- Marist College Bureau of Economic Research - Provides quarterly data on key economic indicators for the Hudson River Valley Region as well as public interest research, analytic, mapping and consulting services.
- Empire State Development - New York State's economic development agency.
- New York State Citizen Guide - Provides links to New York State Business information.