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6.6 out of 10

Dutchess County

Ranked 24th best county in New York
41.7857904928974 -73.7653702585701
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Public Transport
  • Shopping Options
  • Gym & Fitness
Who lives here?
  • Country Lovers
  • Tourists
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers


4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5

"History, verdant splendor, quality living, affordable prices!"

Dutchess County, which is mid-way between New York City and Albany, is an exciting mixture of the old and the new; the natural and man-made. There is much to recommend Dutchess County whether you are exploring it as a place to reside or a place to visit.

Those looking for homes here will appreciate the amount of land and house they can get for the money especially compared to some of the communities further down South in Westchester County. The housing range is extensive as there are lovely old homes with character and spanking new developments with the latest in upgrades. So, you can choose the kind of housing that suits your tastes. There are plenty of rental options also for those who are not looking to own a home.

Dutchess County's western border is actual 30 miles along the Hudson River. This combined with the many expansive parks and nature preserves, makes it a great place for every nature lover. Hiking and biking trails, fishing lakes and bird watching lookout points are plentiful and there is easy access to enjoy nature in all her glory.

The other fascinating part of Dutchess County is the history of this area. It has been part of American history from the time of the Native Americans through the European settlers and the Revolutionary War to modern times. There are many historical landmarks including the Roosevelt house that are worth a visit.

This county also offers many good schools, communities committed to offering high-caliber public services and extensive options for shopping and dining. Whether you think of it as living the American Dream or a chance to enjoy serene suburbia, Dutchess County can offer you real value for your money.
  • fascinating history
  • great parks
  • Relatively affordable
  • Welcoming communities
  • most places need a car
  • Somewhat removed from excitement

Best Cities in Dutchess County


Red Hook

"Lovely Creative Shops, Pleasant Folks and Friendly Atmosphere: You'll Find It All Here!"
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Hyde Park

"History Buffs Will Love It, Families will Treasure It, Food Connoisseurs will Adore It"
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"Residential neighborhoods spaced out by natural environment."
41.5619 -73.6026


"Time Slows Down with a Cup of Tea and a Book in Hand in Millerton"
41.9499845521877 -73.5086228809715
"A Junction at the Crossroads of Hope and Possibility"
41.5832893964141 -73.80286702599
"When Visiting the Falls, Remember the 3 P's: Parks, Pizza and Pleasant Memories!"
41.5963850077843 -73.9054151277817


"The Town of Poughkeepsie Offers Something for Everyone"
41.6832589302669 -73.8857475044052


"Home to One of the World's Greatest, Oldest Flea Markets in NY State!"
41.5461740040529 -73.7261767799203

Dover Plains

"Old England, Meet New England"
41.74093 -73.57651


"Moved to beacon because..."
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