Beacon, NY Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Beacon, New York - Basic Facts

The City of Beacon had a population of 15,828 as of July 1, 2016. Beacon ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in New York. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Beacon is located at latitude 41.5032 and longitude -73.9647 in Dutchess County. 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. Dutchess County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 135 feet.

The City of Beacon (GNIS ID: 978716) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Beacon population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Beacon: Fishkill, Mattewan.

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Beacon, NY Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 15,828
Population in Households 13,523
Population in Familes 10,532
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,305
Population Density1 3,340
Diversity Index2 73


Total Households 5,524
Average Household Size 2.45
Family Households 3,366
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 5,927 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,021 (51.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,503 (42.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 403 ( 6.8%)
Median Home Value $264,708
Average Home Value $290,978


Median Household Income $60,979
Average Household Income $75,807
Per Capita Income $31,071
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.29% 0.28%
Households 0.52% 0.4%
Families 0.31% 0.27%
Median Household Income   1.69%
Per Capita Income   1.37%
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 1,196 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New York by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 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 # 247 79th
Diversity Index2 # 63 95th
Median Household Income # 536 55th
Per Capita Income # 566 53rd

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