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Overview

Introduction to Amsterdam, New York

Amsterdam, New York, in Montgomery county, is 15 miles NW of Schenectady, New York and 152 miles N of Newark, New Jersey. The city is part of the Albany - Schenectady - Troy metropolitan statistical area. About 18,355 people live in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam History

Before adopting the name Amsterdam in 1803, the city was known as Veedersburgh. Its current name comes from the name of Amsterdam, Netherlands. The economic development of the area began after the completion of the Erie Canal in 1825. It was incorporated as a village in 1830. Amsterdam gained the status of a city in 1885 and John Carmichael became the first mayor.

Amsterdam and nearby Attractions

  • Walter Elwood Museum
  • Noteworthy Indian Museum
  • Guy Park State Historic Site
  • Wildlife Sports and Educational Museum
  • Saratoga Spa State Park
  • Clark's Museum of Photography

Things To Do In Amsterdam

In Amsterdam, you can spend your leisure at Coessens Park, Bigelow Sanford Field and Bergen Park. The Walter Elwood Museum and Noteworthy Indian Museum are also worth visiting. Apart from these, the City of Amsterdam also organizes a number of recreational events all through the year.

Amsterdam Transportation

International flights are available from Albany International Airport.

Amsterdam Higher Education

Schenectady County Community College, Excelsior College and Union College are among the nearby colleges.

People

Total Population 18,157
Male Share of the Population 48.5%
Female Share of the Population 51.5%
Senior Citizens 16.9%
Employed Population 16+ 7,058
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 36.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.4%
Median Earnings25+ $30,598
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $12,309
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,445

Wealth

Median Family Income $45,179
% Above Poverty Level 72%
% Below Poverty Level 28%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.2%
% Using Public Transportation 1.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 35.3%
Median Gross Rent $722
Median House Value $91,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 33.4%
US/American 0.1%
English 5.1%
Irish 13.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Amsterdam Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 15 miles NW of Schenectady, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 152 miles N of Newark, New Jersey
County Montgomery
Metro Area Albany - Schenectady - Troy
Standard Zip Codes 12010
Phone Area Codes 518
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.938
Longitude -74.188

Amsterdam Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station GLOVERSVILLE
Distance 11.9 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 28 F
Apr Temp 33 to 55 F
Jul Temp 58 to 80 F
Oct Temp 36 to 58 F
Annual Precip 44.7 inches
Station SARATOGA SPRINGS 4 SW
Distance 19.9 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 30 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 59 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 60 F
Annual Precip 43.3 inches
Station ALBANY INTL AP
Distance 23.6 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 31 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 39 to 60 F
Annual Precip 38.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Amsterdam, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Perth (12010)

West Charlton (12010)

West Glenville (12010)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Fort Johnson 582 $65,972
Fultonville 667 $45,500
Galway 3,541 $79,063
Hagaman 1,414 $77,596

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Amsterdam Public Libraries

Library
Amsterdam Free Library
28 CHURCH STREET
Amsterdam, New York
(518) 842-1080
Library Web Site

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Amsterdam Hospitals

ST MARY'S HOSPITAL AT AMSTERDAM
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
427 GUY PARK AVENUE
(518) 842-1900
Emergency Service: Yes

AMSTERDAM MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
4988 STATE HIGHWAY 30
(518) 842-3100
Emergency Service: No

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Amsterdam High Schools

AMSTERDAM HS
140 SARATOGA AVE
518-843-4932
Serves 1,224 students.

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