The population of the City of Beacon has remained relatively stable over the past 50 years, while the population of Dutchess County has grown steadily, doubling in 50 years, from approximately 140,000 persons in 1950 to approximately 280,000 in 2000. The City’s population reached a high point in 1950 with approximately 14,000 people at about the same time that Poughkeepsie and Newburgh reached their highest population marks. Meanwhile, rural areas such as Wappinger and Fishkill grew rapidly due to improvements in automobile transportation. While Poughkeepsie and Newburgh lost over 10,000 residents each in the 30 years between 1950 and 1980, Beacon’s population dropped just slightly, reaching a population of approximately 13,000 in 1980. Since then, the City’s population has gradually rebounded, and is now approaching the 14,000 mark, with a count of 13,839 persons in the 2000 Census.
Diversity of People: Beacon is more ethnically and racially diverse than both Dutchess County and Westchester County. Beacon has approximately 2,400 African-Americans and 2,300 Latinos, compared with approximately 8,500 non-Latino Whites. Beacon has approximately twice the proportion of African-Americans and Latinos of Dutchess County, which has 8.8 percent African-Americans and 6.3 percent Latinos. Minority groups have grown moderately in Beacon over the past decade. African-Americans and Latinos increased from 14 percent to 17 percent, and Asians increased from less than one percent to three percent of the total population.
The City’s median household income ($45,236), median family income ($53,811)
Households: There was a total of 5,119 households in the City in 2000, of which 2,355 (46%) were families. Approximately 46% of the households in the City consisted of married couples. Thirty-five percent (35%) of the City’s households (or 1,769 households) contained children under the age of 18.
2005 Statistics: The average market value is $156,000, City taxes $1,119, School is $2,205.00 and water and sewer are $120 a quarter. In addition to Police, street maintenance, and building safety, city taxes include once weekly trash pickup, street lighting, and fire protection. By comparison, in a general town district, those services are not included in the tax structure.
Located 60 miles north of New York City on the banks of the Hudson River and 90 miles south of the State Capital at Albany.
North: Town of Fishkill with the Village of Wappingers Falls being the nearest large community
East: Town of Fishkill with the Village of Fishkill being the nearest large community
South: Hudson Highlands State Park
West: Hudson River
4.7 square miles
50 miles of road and approximately 208 streets.
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Housing density: 1134 houses/condos per square mile
Houses: 5,415; of these 5,101 occupied: 2,881 owner occupied and 2,220 renter occupied
The median sales price for a single-family detached home in 1998 was $98,500; in 2004, the cost was more than twice that, at $207,750. The estimated median house or condo value in 2007 was $273,660.
Median gross rent in 2007: $924
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Directly adjacent to Interstate 84 (exit 11)
NY State Thruway (exit 17, 8 miles)
Taconic State Parkway (10 miles)
Stewart International Airport, (8 miles, where 6 airlines including American, Delta, and USAIR depart 35 times daily to all major U.S. hubs, including Chicago and Raleigh Durham.)
Commuter rail access provided by Metro North (frequent express service to New York City)
Amtrak (nearest station stop is Poughkeepsie 15 miles from Beacon).