Dutchess County is a county New York state's Mid-Hudson Region of the Hudson Valley. As of the 2010 census Dutchess County has a population of 297,488 living in an area of 825 square miles.
As of the 2000 US census, there were 280,150 people, 99,536 households, and 69,177 families residing in 106,103 housing units. Of the 99,536 households, 35% had children under 18 living with them, 55% were married couples living together.
The median income for a household in the county was $53,086, and the median income for a family was $63,254.
The per capita income and average home values have increased noticeably in recent years mainly due to affluent residents relocating from nearby and expensive Westchester County, NY.
In recent years, there has been a large influx of people that have relocated from New York City.