Poughkeepsie (town), New York

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Poughkeepsie is a town located in Dutchess County, New York. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 42,777.

The Town of Poughkeepsie borders the City of Poughkeepsie

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 80.8 km² (31.2 mi²). 74.5 km² (28.8 mi²) of it is land and 6.3 km² (2.4 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 7.79% water.

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 42,777 people, 14,605 households, and 10,121 families residing in the town. The population density is 574.3/km² (1,487.5/mi²). There are 15,132 housing units at an average density of 203.1/km² (526.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 83.01% White, 8.07% Black or African American, 0.14% Native American, 5.13% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.62% from other races, and 2.00% from two or more races. 5.27% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 14,605 households out of which 32.9% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.8% are married couples living together, 9.6% have a female householder with no husband present, and 30.7% are non-families. 25.0% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.6% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.57 and the average family size is 3.10.

In the town the population is spread out with 22.6% under the age of 18, 16.9% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 35 years. For every 100 females there are 91.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 88.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $55,327, and the median income for a family is $65,258. Males have a median income of $46,701 versus $31,005 for females. The per capita income for the town is $23,589. 5.7% of the population and 3.3% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 5.6% of those under the age of 18 and 5.0% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

The town was made infamous in the film "The French Connection," in which Gene Hackman (playing the roundhouse detective "Popeye" Doyle) intimidates criminals by accusing them of "picking their toes in Poughkeepsie."

Vassar College and Marist College are located in the Town of Poughkeepsie.

Communities and locations in the Town of Poughkeepsie

  • Arlington --
  • Barnegat --
  • Fairview --
  • New Hamburg --
  • Poughkeepsie -- The City of Poughkeepsie occupies a large area on the west side of the town.
  • Red Oaks Mill - A suburb of the City of Poughkeepsie, located southeast of the city.
  • Rochdale --
  • Rudco --
  • Spackenkill --
  • Wappingers Falls -- A small part of the Village of Wappingers Falls is in the south part of the town.
  • Van Keurens --

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