What does this measure?
The total change in the number of people living in a geographic area since 2000.
Why is this important?
Changes in total population can indicate the overall health of a community and its ability to attract and retain residents.
How is Dutchess County performing?
Since 2000, the Dutchess County total population increased 6% to about 297,000 residents as of 2014. While this growth exceeds the state (excluding NYC) population growth of 3%, it lags behind the nation's increase of 13%. Dutchess grew more slowly than Orange (10%), but faster than Ulster (2%).
Towns with the biggest population gains included Fishkill (23%) and East Fishkill (15%). The Village of Fishkill grew by 23%. The City of Beacon declined by 4%, while the City of Poughkeepsie increased at a slower rate than the county, 1%. The largest decrease in population was in Rhinebeck Village (-14%).
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