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

The community of Poughkeepsie is the Seat for Dutchess County.

Dutchess County is one of the original counties of New York and was founded in 1683.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Dutchess had a population of 293,562 people. This is an increase of 4.79% since the last Census (which gave a population of 280,150 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Dutchess represented 1.48% of the total population of New York, making it the state's 15th most populous county (out of 62 counties).

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
2000280,150The Last Census

More information can be found on the Dutchess County Census Page for Dutchess County.


Below are some of the communities located in Dutchess County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Dutchess County):

Community 2009
(2009vs. 2000)
Poughkeepsie   44,16342,7773.24% increase  
Poughkeepsie   29,56429,8711.03% decrease  
East Fishkill   28,79725,58912.54% increase  
Wappinger   27,15026,2743.33% increase  
Fishkill   21,44920,2585.88% increase  

Websites for Dutchess County

Official Website:   www.dutchessny.gov/

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<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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