Named in 1683 for Mary of Modena, Duchess of York (they spelled it without a “t” then) and not for its Dutch heritage as you might assume, the county is located halfway between New York City and Albany. Travel here and you’ll notice a dual personality: agriculture in the north and a commuter culture in the south. Top schools such as Marist, Vassar, Bard, and the Culinary Institute of America call it home, while numerous public historic homes preserve the area’s identity.
Population Density: 373.90 people per square mile
Median Home Value: $260,000
Median Annual Property Tax Payment: $5,644
Median Household Income: $71,904
See the sights from Walkway Over the Hudson.
Treat yourself to a dining experience at the CIA.
Did you know?
In 1944, there were two opposing presidential candidates with homes in Dutchess County: Franklin D. Roosevelt of Hyde Park and Thomas E. Dewey of Pawling. As we well know, incumbent Roosevelt won!
-Hudson Valley Mag.