Teaching in NY

Mid-Hudson Region

The seven-county Mid-Hudson Region lies north of New York City and south of the Capital Region. Its legendary landscape is a mix of urban areas, river valley villages, farmlands and forests.

Mean Daily Temperature:
  January 26.3° F
  July 72.6° F


Labor Force: 1,095,200
Households: 772,004
Total Personal Income: $93.4 billion
Per Capita Income: $35,113
Median Home Sales Price:  (Westchester)  (Orange) $216,300


Population 2,205,473
Dutchess County 284,270
  City of Poughkeepsie 30,073
Orange County 349,480
  City of Middletown 25,775
  City of Newburgh 28,382
  City of Port Jervis 9,100
Putnam County 97,125
Rockland County 289,430
Sullivan County 74,048
Ulster County 178,372
  City of Kingston 23,347
Westchester County 932,748
  City of Mount Vernon 68,615
  City of New Rochelle 72,472
  City of White Plains 55,394
  City of Yonkers 197,234

Business and Industry
The Mid-Hudson Region has a highly diversified economy, with concentrations in electronics and computing, biomedical industries, pharmaceuticals, business services and distribution. Tourism is also a significant element of the regional economy.

Services, retail trade and manufacturing comprise the region's leading private employers. Known for high technology, the Mid-Hudson Region supports a strong concentration of scientists, engineers, physicists, computer scientists and chemists working at a number of major industrial research laboratories.

The Mid-Hudson Region has the largest concentration of Fortune 500 headquarters in New York State outside of New York City. It is home to IBM, Kraft General Foods, PepsiCo, Anheuser-Busch and many other major companies.

Apple-growing operations and wineries are features in several counties, and dairy farms are scattered throughout the region.


  • Highways: Numerous major highway routes (I-84, I-87, NY-17) pass through the region and many converge on New York City.
  • Air Service: Stewart International Airport, near Newburgh, offers air passenger service, as do county airports in Westchester, Dutchess, Sullivan and Ulster.
  • Rail Service: Amtrak and Metro-North offer extensive passenger service.

  • Bus Service: Local bus service is available in metropolitan areas. Four carriers provide inter-city service and the major carriers provide intrastate service.

Higher Education Institutions
More than 88,000 students are enrolled in the region's institutions of higher education. Major two- and four-year colleges and universities are listed below. Institutions with teacher preparation programs appear with an asterisk.

Bard College*
College of New Rochelle*
Concordia College*
Dominican College*
Fordham University-Tarrytown Campus*
Iona College*
Long Island University*
Manhattanville College*
Marist College*
Marymount College*
Mercy College*
Mount St. Mary College*
Nyack College*
Pace University*
Sarah Lawrence College*
St. Thomas Aquinas College*
SUNY College at New Paltz*
SUNY College at Purchase*
United States Military Academy at West Point
Vassar College*

Quality of Life
Recreational opportunities abound in this diverse region, which includes the Catskill Park and several large State parks. The area boasts a number of large year-round resorts. Skiing, hiking, golf and water sports are popular. The region is also rich in historic sites, art galleries and museums, and has become a destination for visitors seeking antiques, farmstand products, fine dining and country inns. The area is also home to the famed Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park.

Information obtained from numerous New York State sources (1/24/2007).

Last Updated: August 31, 2009