Poughkeepsie, NY
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Living in Poughkeepsie


Poughkeepsie is a medium-sized city located in the state of New York. With a population of 30,515 people and 19 constituent neighborhoods, Poughkeepsie is the 36th largest community in New York. Much of the housing stock in Poughkeepsie was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities, Poughkeepsie isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Poughkeepsie are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Poughkeepsie is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Poughkeepsie who work in office and administrative support (10.70%), sales jobs (9.76%), and healthcare suport services (9.43%).

Poughkeepsie has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Poughkeepsie has quite a high level of public transit users. Poughkeepsie’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

The citizens of Poughkeepsie are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 24.75% of adults in Poughkeepsie having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Poughkeepsie in 2018 was $27,067, which is lower middle income relative to New York, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $108,268 for a family of four. However, Poughkeepsie contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Poughkeepsie is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Poughkeepsie home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Poughkeepsie residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Poughkeepsie also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 17.06% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Poughkeepsie include Italian, Irish, German, Jamaican, and English.

In addition, Poughkeepsie has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (19.58%).

The most common language spoken in Poughkeepsie is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.