Poughkeepsie, officially the City of Poughkeepsie, is a city in the
state of New York, United States, which is the county seat of Dutchess
County. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 32,736.
Poughkeepsie is in the Hudson Valley midway between New York City
and Albany, and is part of the New York metropolitan area. The name
derives from a word in the Wappinger language, roughly U-puku-ipi-sing,
meaning "the reed-covered lodge by the little-water place,"
referring to a spring or stream feeding into the Hudson River
south of the present downtown area.
Poughkeepsie is known as "The Queen City of the Hudson". It was settled in the 17th century by the Dutch and became New York's second capital shortly after the American Revolution. It was chartered as a city in 1854. Major bridges in the city include the Walkway over the Hudson, a former railroad bridge (originally called the Poughkeepsie Bridge), which re-opened as a public walkway on October 3, 2009; and the Mid-Hudson Bridge, a major thoroughfare built in 1930 that carries U.S. Route 44 (concurrent with State Route 55) over the Hudson. The city of Poughkeepsie lies in New York's 18th congressional district.
Located 90-miles from New York City, we are so lucky to live and service an area as beautiful as the Hudson Valley. There is something for everyone here. Small vibrant towns, cities, farms, wide open spaces, mountains, rivers. Nature and diversity surround us here, coupled with world-class rock climbing, outdoor adventures, museums, restaurants, shopping, you name it. There is something for everyone here in the Hudson Valley.