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Welcome to Beacon ...

The city of Beacon is located in Dutchess County<1>.



While we don't have a date for the founding of Beacon, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1914.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Beacon has a population of 13,961 people<2> (see below for details).

Beacon is 180 feet [55 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Beacon lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

The telephone area code for Beacon: (845)

Websites for Beacon ...

Official Website: www.cityofbeacon.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Beacon had an population of 13,961 people. This is a decrease of 10.17% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 1.11% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Beacon had a population of 15,541 people (which is 5.22% of the total population of Dutchess County). This makes Beacon the county's 8th most populous community.

The population of Beacon represents 0.08% of the population of New York (which has 19,378,102 people), making it the state's 157th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 15,541 people, the population of Beacon increased 12.55% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 13,808 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Beacon.

Communities Also Named Beacon ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 5 communities that are also named Beacon - they are located in Alabama, Iowa, Michigan, Tennessee and Texas.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Beacon.

Communities near Beacon ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Beacon.

  • Poughkeepsie
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the north)
  • Palm Tree
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Palm Tree
    • Palm Tree is located in Orange County
  • Kiryas Joel
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kiryas Joel
    • Kiryas Joel is located in Orange County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 28,953 people
  • Peekskill
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the south)
  • Woodbury
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Woodbury have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Woodbury
    • Woodbury is located in Orange County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 11,058 people
  • Monroe
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Monroe have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Monroe
    • Monroe is located in Orange County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,558 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Monroe <4>
  • New Paltz
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for New Paltz have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for New Paltz
    • New Paltz is located in Ulster County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,198 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for New Paltz <4>
  • Walden
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Walden have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Walden
    • Walden is located in Orange County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,620 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Walden <4>
  • Washingtonville
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the southwest)
  • Wappingers Falls
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wappingers Falls have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wappingers Falls
    • Wappingers Falls is located in Dutchess County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,509 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wappingers Falls <4>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Beacon. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Beacon.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Beacon. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Beacon.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Beacon. See our Newspapers Page for Beacon.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Beacon ...

Looking for more information about Beacon? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Beacon, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Beacon.

Adding Beacon to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Beacon in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Beacon was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<6>

From that list, the Beacon post office opened in 1914.

We also found Beacon mentioned on a train schedule titled New York Central Railroad Time Table (June 1941).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Beacon.

The official website for Beacon: www.cityofbeacon.org/

The official website for Dutchess County: www.dutchessny.gov/

The official website for State of New York: https://www.ny.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of New York's counties, including Dutchess, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Beacon.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Beacon - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<5>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<6>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:

      https://cblevins.github.io/us-post-offices/data-biography/









 

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