Introduction to Ballston Spa, New York

Ballston Spa, New York, in Saratoga county, is 13 miles N of Schenectady, New York and 148 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The village benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Albany metropolitan area with.

Ballston Spa History

Europeans first arrived in this region in 1771. The community was named in honor of one of its earliest settlers, Reverend Eliphalet Ball. Ballston Spa was officially incorporated as a village in 1807. This area was once famous for its mineral water spring, which was believed to have healing powers. Ballston Spa was also known as the site of the Souci Hotel, which was one of the largest hotels in the world in the 1800s. This village was also the birthplace of the supposed creator of baseball, Abner Doubleday.

Ballston Spa and nearby Attractions

  • National Bottle Museum
  • Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
  • Moreau Lake State Park
  • Great Escape
  • Howe Caverns

Things To Do In Ballston Spa

Nearby museums include the Brookside Saratoga County Historical Society Museum, the National Museum of Dance, and the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. The Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site and the Ulysses S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site are all accessible from Ballston Spa, while other local parks include Moreau Lake State Park, Peebles Island State Park and Saratoga Spa State Park.

Ballston Spa Transportation

Albany International is the nearest major airport.

Ballston Spa Higher Education

Local Colleges include the Ellis Hospital School of Nursing, Schenectady County Community College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Total Population 5,256
Male Share of the Population 49.8%
Female Share of the Population 50.2%
Senior Citizens 17.5%
Employed Population 16+ 2,901
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 42.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 36.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $75,865
% Above Poverty Level 92.3%
% Below Poverty Level 7.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 8.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.5%
% Using Public Transportation 1.3%


People Living Alone 37.1%
Median Gross Rent $924
Median House Value $201,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 18.5%
US/American 0%
English 11.5%
Irish 21.5%

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

Ballston Spa Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 13 miles N of Schenectady, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 148 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Saratoga
Metro Area Albany - Schenectady - Troy
Standard Zip Codes 12020
Phone Area Codes 518
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.
Longitude -73.849

Ballston Spa Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 2.8 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
Distance 22.3 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 29 F
Apr Temp 32 to 53 F
Jul Temp 58 to 79 F
Oct Temp 37 to 58 F
Annual Precip 46.5 inches
Distance 24.5 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 29 F
Apr Temp 34 to 54 F
Jul Temp 58 to 78 F
Oct Temp 39 to 57 F
Annual Precip 46.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Ballston Center (12020)

East Line (12020)

Factory Village (12020)

Harmony Corners (12020)

Malta (12020)

Malta Ridge (12020)

Maltaville (12020)

Milton Center (12020)

Pioneer (12020)

Riley Cove (12020)

West Milton (12020)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
East Glenville 6,621 $91,296
Galway 3,541 $79,063
Stillwater 8,392 $87,118

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

Ballston Spa Public Libraries

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