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Poughkeepsie Population (2010 census): 43,341 over 31.2 sq miles
“Poughkeepsie” derives its name from a spring where Indians once gathered to weave lodges from the cattail reeds. These Native Americans called their meeting place “Uppuqui” (oo-poo-kee), meaning “lodge-covered”, plus “ipis” meaning “little water”, plus “ing” meaning “place”, all of which translated to “the reed-covered lodge by the little water place”, or “Uppuqui-ipis-ing”. Eventually, this evolved to “Poughkeepsie”.
Some neighborhoods in the town of Poughkeepsie include:
A large IBM campus that develops mainframes is located in the town of Poughkeepsie. Along with the IBM office in East Fishkill, IBM is one of the largest private employer in Dutchess County. The Saint Francis Hospital and Vassar Brothers Medical Center are located in Poughkeepsie, and are also major employers in the county.
Major landmarks in the town, including Marist College, the IBM offices, and major shopping centers, are along Route 9, which runs through Poughkeepsie. Poughkeepsie connects to the Taconic State Parkway, the major thruway to New York City, via Route 44 and 55.
Poughkeepsie is around 85 miles North of New York City. There are two Metro North train stations in the town of Poughkeepsie. There is the main City of Poughkeepsie station, and the New Hamburg station in the Southern part of town. The train ride takes approximately 1 hour 40 minutes.
The town of Poughkeepsie is split into several school districts: Spackenkill, Arlington, or Wappinger school districts. There are also several private schools in the town: Our Lady of Lourdes High school, a Catholic school; Poughkeepsie Day School, a co-ed private school; and Oakwood Friends School, a co-ed private school that also offers boarding.
For higher education, Vassar College, Marist College, and Dutchess Community College are all located in the town. Vassar College was started in 1861; the main building and the observatory at the college are listed as National Historic Landmarks.
64.1% of the homes in the Town of Poughkeepsie are detached single family homes. You will also find some multifamily properties and apartment complexes in the town. Over 80% of the homes were built after 1950, with 23.5% being built between 1950-1960.
67.3% of the homes are owner occupied, and 32.7% are rentals.
The City of Poughkeepsie website: www.townofpoughkeepsie.com
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