6.9 out of 10

Clinton Corners

41.8763324803868 -73.7619668079817
Great for
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Safe & Sound
  • Childcare
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Public Transport
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Eating Out
  •  
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Enjoy Fun Country Activities in this Small College Town!"

The small college town of Clinton in expansive Dutchess County, NY was originally named for NY's very first governer, George Clinton, and played an important role in the agricultural market. Now it's largely residential and nicknamed “Schooltown”, for it once was home to many private schools across the region.

Appropriately nicknamed, Clinton is home to a small liberal arts college, Hamilton College, which is the 3rd oldest college in the whole state of NY. It was once a woman's only college but is now co-ed like most colleges in the US. The town prides itself not only in the college itself but in its vibrant community, which hosts concerts in the park and exhibits and events at the town's Klinton Arts Center. There's even an old phone booth in town that's hailed as “America's Littlest Library”, aka “The Book Booth”, as it literally is a place that holds books to be rented out by anybody who wishes to read them. The “Book Booth” was inspired by Library Friend Claudia Cooley after learning of the popular trend that's been newly established in England of turning old telephone booths into popular attractions (such as art galleries). It definitely adds to Clinton's uniqueness as a close-knit community that goes out of their way to serve the population.

Clinton is a very cute little town that's positively thriving with creativity. There's the Performing and Creative Arts academy in town, as well as an annual Arts & Music Festival located on the town green (you can get your face painted, listen to wonderful live music, enjoy getting your book signed by local authors, and eat great food served by vendors: there's even a rock climbing wall put out and a who-can-throw-the-tallest-plate contes (yup you heard right)! The library, which is responsible for the book signing, also offers homework help to kids in the after-school hours, and there's plenty of programs to enjoy there as well in addition to the numerous selection of books. Kirkland Town Park offers wide open spaces, a playground for the kiddies and a great space to run, play and picnic, as well as taking your dog out for a run (just make sure that they're well leashed).

Visitors, stay at the Artful Lodger Bed & Breakfast (which is both an Inn and Art Gallery), and use the Fitness Center at the high school during off-school hours (it's completely open to the public). Also available is the Pine Crest Motel, which is pretty cute and inviting as far as motels go. It also has cabel and satellite as well as senior discounts! While staying in Clinton, visit the town's Historical Society and Museum and see a show at the Performing Arts Theater.

Potential residents: The town of Clinton is a very friendly and safe place to live and raise a family. Clinton Central School District is an excellent school with well-above-average grades and test results and, most importantly, a fantastic staff who really cares about your kids' futures. There's lots of shopping options including a Nice N' Easy Grocery, the Hamilton College Bookstore, a CVS, adorable Emmy Beads, a Stewart's Shop, the upscale women's clothing store The Village Crossing (on the Green), and an Ali-Linz Home & Successories. Popular restaurants include Nola's fine dining restaurant, which hosts live music by local artists, a subway, Minar's Indian Cafe, the China Sea, and lots of great Italian restaurants/pizzerias. Bon Appetite!








































The small college town of Clinton in expansive Dutchess County, NY was originally named for NY's very first governer, George Clinton, and played an important role in the agricultural market. Now it's largely residential and nicknamed “Schooltown”, for it once was home to many private schools across the region.

Appropriately nicknamed, Clinton is home to a small liberal arts college, Hamilton College, which is the 3rd oldest college in the whole state of NY. It was once a woman's only college but is now co-ed like most colleges in the US. The town prides itself not only in the college itself but in its vibrant community, which hosts concerts in the park and exhibits and events at the town's Klinton Arts Center. There's even an old phone booth in town that's hailed as “America's Littlest Library”, aka “The Book Booth”, as it literally is a place that holds books to be rented out by anybody who wishes to read them. The “Book Booth” was inspired by Library Friend Claudia Cooley after learning of the popular trend that's been newly established in England of turning old telephone booths into popular attractions (such as art galleries). It definitely adds to Clinton's uniqueness as a close-knit community that goes out of their way to serve the population.

Clinton is a very cute little town that's positively thriving with creativity. There's the Performing and Creative Arts academy in town, as well as an annual Arts & Music Festival located on the town green (you can get your face painted, listen to wonderful live music, enjoy getting your book signed by local authors, and eat great food served by vendors: there's even a rock climbing wall put out and a who-can-throw-the-tallest-plate contes (yup you heard right)! The library, which is responsible for the book signing, also offers homework help to kids in the after-school hours, and there's plenty of programs to enjoy there as well in addition to the numerous selection of books. Kirkland Town Park offers wide open spaces, a playground for the kiddies and a great space to run, play and picnic, as well as taking your dog out for a run (just make sure that they're well leashed).

Visitors, stay at the Artful Lodger Bed & Breakfast (which is both an Inn and Art Gallery), and use the Fitness Center at the high school during off-school hours (it's completely open to the public). Also available is the Pine Crest Motel, which is pretty cute and inviting as far as motels go. It also has cabel and satellite as well as senior discounts! While staying in Clinton, visit the town's Historical Society and Museum and see a show at the Performing Arts Theater.

Potential residents: The town of Clinton is a very friendly and safe place to live and raise a family. Clinton Central School District is an excellent school with well-above-average grades and test results and, most importantly, a fantastic staff who really cares about your kids' futures. There's lots of shopping options including a Nice N' Easy Grocery, the Hamilton College Bookstore, a CVS, adorable Emmy Beads, a Stewart's Shop, the upscale women's clothing store The Village Crossing (on the Green), and an Ali-Linz Home & Successories. Popular restaurants include Nola's fine dining restaurant, which hosts live music by local artists, a subway, Minar's Indian Cafe, the China Sea, and lots of great Italian restaurants/pizzerias. Bon Appetite!
Pros
  • Green and serene
  • Not much traffic
  • Outstanding community
  • Plenty of fun local events
  • Strong economy
Cons
  • must have a car
  • Not a place you can easily walk where you need to go
  • A bit isolated
  • A little more expensive than nearby towns
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Historic charm in northwest Dutchess"

New York’s first elected governor was George Clinton, who served five terms and went on to serve as Vice President under Presidents Jefferson and Madison. Today, the historic town bearing his name occupies almost 40 square miles in northwestern Dutchess County. The Taconic Parkway forms the town’s eastern border. Its 19 miles of dirt roads and rustic charm make Clinton a popular choice for city dwellers seeking second homes. Approximately 4,300 residents live here full-time.

Clinton has no town center and little in the way of retail and restaurants, but neighboring Rhinebeck has a quaint downtown area with shops and eateries. Poughkeepsie, which is twenty minutes away, has additional big-box shopping. The nearest Metro North station is also in Poughkeepsie, with Amtrak service available in Rhinecliff. There is a weekly farmer’s market, and a local winery, Clinton Vineyards.

Recreation is limited. Little League baseball and softball teams, as well as programs for seniors, are among the department’s offerings. There are two town parks and a town hall with community rooms. However, Mills-Norrie State Park, located just west of Clinton on the Hudson shore, has golf, trails, and a boat launch.

Clinton does not have its own school district. Depending on where they reside, students attend school in one of the four districts whose borders overlap with the town. Rhinebeck has 1,100 students, with one school each for elementary, middle and high school. Overall, student achievement is excellent. Millbrook is similar in size, with 1,200 students, two elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. Students perform similarly well on state assessments. Pine Plains and Hyde Park both get adequate results, but deal with a challenge Clinton’s two other districts do not: roughly one-fifth of the students in both districts live in poverty. New York State recently cited Hyde Park as being in need of improvement in English Language Arts at the middle school level.

House-hunters will find possibilities at all price points, from large homes on multiple acres to small starters, making Clinton an appealing choice to buyers with a range of budgets.
Pros
  • Green and serene
Cons
  • Not all the area school districts are strong
  • A bit isolated
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Pretty and pretty quiet, too."

There are several Clintons in New York (four, in fact if you want to include the “neighborhood in NYC) so be careful not to confuse them. The one I speak or write of here today is the 38.8 square mile town of Clinton in Dutchess County, NY, near Rhinebeck and Hyde Park. Clinton Corners is a charming hamlet in the southeast corner of the town and the most well known.

There is only one restaurant in Clinton and that is Wild Hive Farm, Store and Café in Clinton Corners. In nearby Salt Point, which is about five and a half miles away, there is Fireside BBQ & Grill, Happy Days Café, La Puerta Azul and Copperfields. At various locales in Rhinebeck, ranging from five and a half to seven and a half miles away, you have the beloved local Terrapin Restaurant (with bar), Cinnamon Indian Cusine, Beekman Tavern, Gigi Trattoria, Osaka Japanese, the wonderful Aroi Thai, the fantastic Calico Restaurant, Foster’s Coach House and the famous Eveready Diner. In Staatsburg, about 5.7 miles away, you have the highly regarded Italian favorite, Portofino Ristorante

And finally, in Hyde Park, which is about 8.9 miles away, you have the world renowned Culinary Institute of America with its epic restaurants run by students and open to the public.

As far as retail shopping goes, your best bet would be to head west to Rhinebeck or south to Poughkeepsie. Rhinebeck has a slew of interesting and eclectic boutiques and shops such as Rhinebeck Antiques Fair, Asher House Antiques, Warren Kitchen & Cutlery, Hudson Valley Blooms, Northern Dutchess Pharmacy, Cabin Fever Outfitters, Hummingbird Jewelers, Montgomery Row, SugarPlum Boutique, Workers and Dreamers, Winter Sun and Summer Moon, Darryl’s, EB’s Hudson Valley Finds, Pet Country, Haldora, Floral Fantasies by Sara, Paper Trail, Rhinebeck Artist’s Shop, Chamonix Bride, Wing and Clover, Country Comfort Furniture, Hammertown, Wonderland Florist, Hudson Valley Footwear, Verizon Wireless, A.L. Stickle Variety Store, Oblong Books and Music, Merriweather’s, Madison’s Avenue and The Pottery Shack.

Poughkeepsie is home to the Poughkeepsie Galleria which is a major shopping destination with hundreds of popular retail stores and quite a few restaurants. There are also an abundance of other choices in Poughkeepsie proper.

The closest supermarket that has even a decent supply of everyday fare would be Ianucci’s Stagecoach Market in nearby Millbrook, NY which is 5.8 miles away. As far as the big bad boy supermarkets go, there is an A&P Food Store in Pleasant Valley which is about 6.7 miles away, a Hannaford in Schodack Landing which is about 8.9 miles away and a Super Stop & Shop in Hyde Park which is about 9.9 miles away.

Clinton has a decent parks and rec program. The town’s Frances J. Mark Memorial Park, also known as “Rec Park” has a rentable pavilion perfect for larger family gatherings, playgrounds, a baseball field and a nice swimming pond. One does have to have resident sticker to swim there. There is also Friends Park which has a baseball field, tennis courts and a small pavilion. There is the Taconic Little League, The Clinton Card Club where everyone is welcome and a Senior Exercise Class.

The Clinton Community Library has various activities and events for kids, teens and adults including story hours, arts and craft sessions, adult computer classes, First Friday flicks and a book club.

Clinton students are divided up amongst the Rhinebeck, Millbrook and Pine Plains school districts depending on what area they live in.

There is Upton Lake Christian School in Clinton Corners, as well.

Clinton is pretty safe and the crime rate is relatively low.

The median household income is $66,406.

The population of Clinton is approximately 4,312.
Pros
  • Green and serene
  • Not much traffic
Cons
  • Not a place you can easily walk where you need to go
  • A bit isolated
  • Little to do here
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Small, pleasant town in Dutchess County's center"

Along the Taconic State Parkway in north-central Dutchess County, one will find the small town of Clinton. There is not much population here, nor is there necessarily a lot to do, but it is peaceful, green, and wide-open in many spots, but not so terribly far from modern conveniences and local business that it's completely isolated.

Traffic through here is not what I would consider a problem. Yes, there are often enough cars going through on the Taconic Parkway, but a lot of times, it's just passing though and doesn't really make its way onto the side streets. Most every neighborhood in this town I've encountered in Clinton is pretty quiet.

There is essentially no public transportation available in Clinton. The county bus system comes close (Millbrook), but doesn't quite stop here, so you'd need a car, anyway, and the Metro North/Amtrak trains run closest in Poughkeepsie, which will take you a little time to reach by vehicle.

In the Salt Point area, you'll find a few prominent local businesses and perhaps a restaurant, amongst other establishments; in Clinton Corners, you have a gas station, a park with a baseball diamond, and maybe if you're lucky somewhere to eat (perhaps the gas station's convenience store). A little out of the way, you might find some nice little vineyards and/or a nice lake to admire. Otherwise, that is pretty much the long and short of life in this town. Clinton is quite rural and though there is a residential population, there's not much of anything else.

Restaurant and/or nightlife options, medical facilities, variety in schools, fitness establishments and retail or grocery shopping are in short supply here -- which is to say, virtually none. You will have to leave the town boundaries for all of that and more. Clinton is a place where you go to live in peace and quiet in a close-knit community, perhaps with a lot of land and a large house. Speaking of, having also known previous and current residents of the town, Clinton folk tended to be a bit more on the well-to-do side, but that was only my experience; your mileage may vary. For what it's worth, some of the other nearby towns and villages like Millbrook and Stanford can say the same thing about their residents.

Clinton is a very pleasant place to be if you want a bit of isolation without being an hour away from civilization. You will need to go outside of it, however, for medical care, shopping, eating out, and all the rest.
Pros
  • Not much traffic
  • Green and serene
  • Outstanding community
  • Plenty of fun local events
Cons
  • A bit isolated
  • Little to do here
  • A little more expensive than nearby towns
  • Not a place you can easily walk where you need to go
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Solid community is very welcoming in the small town of Clinton!"

I haven't spent as much time in Clinton as some other nearby towns, but I did check it out when I looked into moving to Dutchess County. The problem was the price for a nice place. It's a weird thing for me to talk about, since I've spent a fair bit of time in big cities like Chicago and New York, so to say the cost of living was higher than I'd have liked is almost ridiculous, as your dollar will go WAY further here than in NYC, but it's still a bit pricier than other towns. Of course, the upside is that the average income in Clinton is higher than other towns, and the town itself is very well kept up.

Sure, it's a small town, but you'd have a hard time finding a place as nice and welcoming as Clinton almost anywhere in the world. This is sorta true of most areas in Dutchess County, but Clinton has an extra level of friendliness. The village runs a lot of events that are intended to bring everyone together, and from what I can tell these events work well, because the people seem to know one another very well. The sense of community in Clinton is outstanding.

Another thing that stands out to me about Clinton is that it feels really spread out. There are small streets of business, with nice little stores and boutiques, but for the most part you feel like there's a lot of room here. Maybe my time in major cities has clouded my judgement here, but more than even towns like Amenia and Beekman, which are not exactly packed with people, Clinton felt wide open. It's a nice feeling.

You'll find a few more restaurants in Clinton than other towns in the area, but it's not exactly the type of place where you'll find a lively nightlife. I think you're more likely to find a fantastic dinner party and learn to prepare feasts at home than visit a fancy dining establishment. You can get a drink as well, but don't expect to find any amazing clubs or bars.

As a fun side note it turns out Clinton was named after George Clinton, who was an early governor. Not quite as funky as the singer, but it's a cool detail!
Pros
  • Strong economy
  • Outstanding community
  • Plenty of fun local events
Cons
  • A little more expensive than nearby towns
  • Very small community - Both a good and a bad thing
  • Not a place you can easily walk where you need to go
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers

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