Dutchess County is located in southeast New York. The County Seat is Poughkeepsie and the largest city is Poughkeepsie. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.dutchessny.gov/. The 2014 population estimate is 296,579 and the 2010 census population was 297,448. The land area is 795.63 square miles and there are 373.9 persons per square mile.
82.5% of the population is White, 10.9% is Black or African American, 11.3% is Hispanic or Latino, 3.8% is Asian, 0.5% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 2.3% is two or more races. 89.6% have a high school degree or higher, and 32.9% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $289,400, there are 107,830 households, an average of 2.59 persons per household. The per capita income is $33,594, the median household income is $72,525, and 9% of the persons in Dutchess County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 26,974. Retail sales (in $1000) were $3,599,202, and sales per capita were $12,334. The percentage of black-owned firms is 5.1%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 32.3%.
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