After more than a year of restrictions, America has finally opened back up. However, some of us have come to the realization that we no longer need to live in a big city as our employers are either letting us continue to work from home, or our goals and priorities in life have shifted. No longer do you need to LIVE in New York City for that job in New York City. You can do your work from the comfort of your own place.
However, if you're like me... you still want to be close enough to the big city for the concerts, sporting events, shopping, and the "just in case" moments that may arise in your job where you do actually have to go in to the office. As you can tell from the title of this article, I've found the perfect place for you to achieve all those previously mentions obstacles.
Here are the top 5 reasons why living in Poughkeepsie is better than living in New York City:
5) Schools: Looking to further your education? Poughkeepsie is home to some of the best schools in the country. Dutchess Community College is consistently listed as one of the best community colleges in the country, and Vassar College is one of the best private universities in the world. Need I say more?
4) Amenities: Poughkeepsie is currently experiencing a resurgence in the past several years. I live in the city of Poughkeepsie, and I’m within walking distance to food, Rite Aid, a tennis club, and outdoor sports fields. New restaurants are opening as well as new mixed-use properties that include shops and apartments.
3) Location: Poughkeepsie is just a 95 minute train ride to New York City. If you have a car, you won't have to pay outrageous parking fees. BONUS! Jump in that car that you can now afford, and take a weekend trip to Albany or Hartford... both of which are only an 80 minute drive.
2) Activities: Poughkeepsie is located on the beautiful Hudson River, and offers a plethora of activities for any age group. The Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park in Poughkeepsie is the world’s longest linear park and was once a 19th century railroad bridge. Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College is another stop on the "things to do" list. My son loves visiting the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum, and has even attended their summer camp program. Interested in attending an art class? Check out Art Centro, Located in the former Barrett Clay Works building in the Middle Main neighborhood of downtown Poughkeepsie. Oh, and if you dig local breweries, like myself, Poughkeepsie has some pretty cool ones including Blue Collar Brewery and Mill House Brewing.
1) Cost of Living: While the cost of purchasing a home in Poughkeepsie has risen the past few years, it's still vastly cheaper than purchasing a home or renting an apartment in New York City. Housing costs in Poughkeepsie are 169% CHEAPER than living in New York City. How insane is that!? Utilities are 19% less, Food costs are 11% cheaper, and overall cost of living is 44% LESS in Poughkeepsie than in New York City. More money in my pocket is always a huge plus for me!
As you can see, there are MANY reasons why you should make the move to Poughkeepsie... and with the announcement of revitalization plans for the community and surrounding areas, it's only going to get better.