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The 2000 Census showed that Dutchess County had a population of 280,150 people. This represented 1.48% of the total population of New York, making it the state's 15th most populous county (out of 62 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Dutchess had a population of 293,562 people. This is an increase of 4.79% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010297,488+6.19%+1.34% since 2009
2009293,562+4.79%+0.36% since 2008
2008292,500+4.41%+0.23% since 2007
2007291,815+4.16%+0.12% since 2006
2005291,586+4.08%+0.33% since 2004
2004290,637+3.74%+0.54% since 2003
2003289,088+3.19%+0.81% since 2002
2002286,769+2.36%+0.86% since 2001
2001284,315+1.49%+1.49% since 2000
2000280,150The Last Census

Dutchess County had 106,103 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Dutchess County has a total area<3> of 825 square miles [2,137 km²]. Of this total, 801 square miles [2,076 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (2.88%) being water (23.78 square miles [61.6 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Dutchess County had a population density of 349.5 people per square mile [134.9 people/km²], making it the state's 18th most densely populated county (out of 62 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Dutchess County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Dutchess and the state of New York.

Click here for the Dutchess County QuickFact (QF-36027).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Dutchess County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in
East FishkillQF-362199628,79725,58912.54%
Hyde ParkQF-363720920,27520,851-2.76%
La GrangeQF-364029915,81214,9285.92%
Red HookQF-366090511,59710,40811.42%
Pleasant ValleyQF-36586959,8809,0668.98%

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Dutchess County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Fairfield (CT)QF-09001   SE901,208882,5672.11%
Litchfield (CT)QF-09005   E188,728182,1933.59%
Berkshire (MA)QF-25003   NE129,288134,953-4.2%
ColumbiaQF-36021   N61,61863,094-2.34%
OrangeQF-36071   SW383,532341,36712.35%
PutnamQF-36079   S99,26595,7453.68%
UlsterQF-36111   NW181,440177,7492.08%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Dutchess. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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