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Beacon, New York - Basic Facts

The City of Beacon is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Dutchess County at latitude 41.5032 and longitude -73.9647. Dutchess County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 135 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Beacon, but most people and references simply refer to it as Beacon, New York.

The P1 Census Class Code for Beacon indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The formal boundaries for the City of Beacon (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.74 sq. miles and a water area of 0.14 sq. miles.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Beacon: Fishkill, Mattewan.

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Beacon, NY Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 15,695
Population in Households 13,359
Population in Familes 10,388
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,336
Population Density1 3,312
Diversity Index2 72


Total Households 5,463
Average Household Size 2.45
Family Households 3,332
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 5,868 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,010 (51.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,453 (41.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 405 ( 6.9%)
Median Home Value $242,591
Average Home Value $254,910


Median Household Income $59,869
Average Household Income $75,003
Per Capita Income $28,291
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.23% 0.19%
Households 0.51% 0.3%
Families 0.21% 0.12%
Median Household Income   3.0%
Per Capita Income   3.14%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Beacon, NY - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Beacon to the other 1,189 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New York by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 120 90th
Population Density1 # 248 79th
Diversity Index2 # 63 95th
Median Household Income # 554 53rd
Per Capita Income # 607 49th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE New York Census Data Comparison Tool.