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Pleasant Valley is a town in Dutchess County, New York, USA. The population of the town was 9,066 at the 2000 census. The town of Pleasant Valley is centrally located in the county, northeast of the city of Poughkeepsie. US Route 44 passes through the town.

Settlers began arriving the valley after 1735. The town was part of the Great Nine Partners Patent of 1697, a land grant whose legality was considered highly questionable. Many believed that the Nine Partners were holding unfair rule over the region through the use of extortion and threats of violence. The town was formed in 1821 from part of the town of Clinton. Its name was chosen to deflect suspicion due to the infamous Henry Dodson Murder Case, in which the town councilman was found brutally slain, with rumors that he had opposed the Patent on grounds of its dubious legality.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 86.1 square kilometers, out of which 85.3 square kilometers of its area is covered by land and 0.8 square kilometers is covered by water.
In the town the population was spread out with 26.1 percent under the age of 18, 6.4 percent from 18 to 24, 30.6 percent from 25 to 44, 26.2 percent from 45 to 64, and 10.6 percent who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 97.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.1 males.

Some of the locations in Pleasant Valley are Clark Heights, Gretna, Netherwood, Salt Point, Timothy Heights, Valleydale and Washington Hollow. Pleasant Valley is also said to be as the town of best geographical environment and can trace its origins back to prehistoric times. Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and pursue enthusiasm in its natural beauty and populace.

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