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Putnam County strikes a balance between culture, commerce, and outdoor pursuits, with Clarence Fahnestock State Park and Thunder Ridge Ski Area among its many points of interest. Carmel, the county seat, is all about businesses and restaurants. Kent, by contrast, is a collection of neighborhoods clustered around lakes with plentiful woods and trails. Then there’s charming Cold Spring perched alongside the Hudson, home to antiques, specialty shops, and oodles of intriguing cafes with a farm-to-table spin.



Population Density: 432.94 people per square mile
Median Home Value: $335,000
Median Annual Property Tax Payment: $8,276
Median Household Income: $96,148


Pack a picnic (or pre-order gourmet goodies) and enjoy an enchanted evening outdoors at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival at Boscobel.


Admire the sunset while you munch on brick-oven pizza at Riverview Restaurant in Cold Spring.

Did you know?

The unassuming town of Carmel has produced more than its share of professional athletes and sports figures. Just a sampling includes Lou Albano (“Captain Lou”), wrestler/manager; Dave Fleming, baseball pitcher; Ryan Kelly, basketball player; Tom Newton, running back for the New York Jets; and Sabrina Vega, USA Gymnastics Senior National Team member.

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