The Hudson River Valley city of Poughkeepsie is the seat of Dutchess County, New York. The city has a population of 29,564, which is constantly on the rise as more and more people begin moving intrastate to Poughkeepsie attracted by its peaceful residential community. Peace and charm are two of the most important things that the city offers to both residents and visitors. Some people only maintain residence in the area due to its peace, and work outstation. The fresh north-eastern air refreshes and soothes the mind and the Hudson River calms the nerves. That is why moving companies in Poughkeepsie work hard to find you the best place and peace of mind.
The median household income per annum in 2009 was $39,108. Housing prices are very affordable as compared to the rest of the State. The prices are however rising as the economy stabilizes after recession and people have started spending on recreation and vacations. Being a relatively quiet community, Poughkeepsie does not have much industrial activity for manufacturing. Most of the city's economy is dependent on that of the surrounding cities as many people work outstation. Inside the city itself, the service industry is active. This includes healthcare providers, tourism and travel companies, and moving companies of Poughkeepsie. Construction is also an active sector and employs most of the male population of the area.
Poughkeepsie is one of the oldest settlements. The Dutch arrived in the region in the 1600s. Poughkeepsie itself was organized as a town in 1788 with a simple town plan. During this year Poughkeepsie was serving as the temporary state capital of New York and it was here that the U.S. Constitution was ratified the same year. In 1799, Poughkeepsie was taken off the town by the same name and was organized separately as a village. The village settlement grew and by 1854 it was incorporated as a city. The meaning of the name is not entirely clear. It is said to be derived from an Algonquian Indian term that means "waterfall", "pleasant harbour", or "campsite by small water". Today Poughkeepsie is a fully equipped residential town and has excellent education facilities. There are several colleges, including the Vassar College, Dutchess Community College and Marist College.
Tourism properly started as a business in the city in early 20th century when famous families like the Astors, Rogers and Vanderbilts built seasonal retreats in the Poughkeepsie area. Friends and business contacts of these families used to be invited at the retreats to build bonds and trade relations. Today these places are open to the public as historic sites along with other sites like the Locust Grove (home of Samuel F.B. Morse) and Clinton House (named after the New York's first governor). The Hyde Park located nearby is the location of the Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, the Vanderbilt Mansion and the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site.