Beacon, New York

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City of Beacon
Skyline of City of Beacon
Nickname(s): 
Tree City
Location in the state of New York
Location in the state of New York
Coordinates: Coordinates: 41°30′15″N 73°57′56″W / 41.50417°N 73.96556°W / 41.50417; -73.96556
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
CountyDutchess
Government
 • MayorSteve K. Gold
Area
 • Total4.9 sq mi (12.7 km2)
 • Land4.8 sq mi (12.4 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation
138 ft (42 m)
Population
 (2005)
 • TotalApprox 16,000 Living and 25,000 Working/ Tourism (city proper)
 • Density3,333/sq mi (2,072/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
12508
Area code(s)845
FIPS code36-05100
GNIS feature ID0977521
WebsiteCity of Beacon

Beacon is a city that is found in Dutchess County, New York, in the United States. The 2000 United States census says that the city is home to 13,808 people. Beacon is part of the Poughkeepsie–Newburgh–Middletown, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area. Beacon was named in memory of fires that burned from the summit of the Fishkill Mountains to warn the Continental Army about British troop.