Clifton Park, New York

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Clifton Park, New York

Introduction to Clifton Park, New York

Clifton Park, New York, in Saratoga county, is 8 miles E of Schenectady, New York and 142 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is included in the Albany - Schenectady - Troy metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 32,995 people lived in Clifton Park.

Clifton Park History

The earliest European settlers arrived in this area towards the end of the 17th century. The area was named Cliftons Park in 1707 by Naning Harmansen, who bought land from the Shenendehowa Indians in this area. The town was formally established in 1828 from parts of the Town of Halfmoon. The name was modified to Clifton Park in 1829.

Clifton Park and nearby Attractions

  • Vischer Ferry Nature Preserve
  • Waterford Historical Museum
  • Robert Van Patten Golf Course
  • Clifton Park
  • Peebles Island State Park
  • Saratoga National Historical Park

Things To Do In Clifton Park

Clifton Park provides a diverse array of opportunities for recreation. The towns many parks and lakes have facilities for many different types of activities, ranging from various games and sports to picnicking. The nearby nature preserve has walking and hiking trails as well. Ski areas and museums are also nearby.

Clifton Park Transportation

Albany International is the nearest major airport.

Clifton Park Higher Education

Union College Schenectady, Siena College and Excelsior College are in the neighborhood.

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High Points

Clifton Park strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in New York):

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Clifton Park Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Clifton Park People in Middle Class or Better
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Clifton Park College Educated Adults
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Clifton Park Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Clifton Park Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% Clifton Park Well-Paid Single Women

Comparative Profile of Clifton Park, New York

Comparing Clifton Park to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in New York (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Men 9 9
Age of the Population 9 6
Well-Paid Single Women 9 8
Male Share of the Population 8 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 6
Senior Citizens 4 2
Female Share of the Population 3 3
Racial Diversity 1 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 9
Average Household Size 6 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 10 9
People in Middle Class or Better 10 9
College Educated Adults 10 9
Median Family Income 10 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 9 8
Short Commute Times 6 6
Public Transportation Use 3 3
Walking and Biking to Work 2 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 8 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 5
Affordability of Rents 4 5
People Living Alone 3 4
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 5

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Clifton Park Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles E of Schenectady, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 142 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Saratoga
Metro Area Albany - Schenectady - Troy
Standard Zip Codes 12065
Phone Area Codes 518
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.85
Longitude -73.78

Clifton Park Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 7 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
Distance 12.8 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
Station VALATIE 1 N
Distance 29.2 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 31 F
Apr Temp 35 to 56 F
Jul Temp 59 to 81 F
Oct Temp 37 to 59 F
Annual Precip 39.6 inches
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Clifton Park Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 32,995 100%
Male 16,325 49.5%
Female 16,670 50.5%
Under 18 8,721 26.4%
18+ 24,274 73.6%
65+ 3,318 10.1%
Median Age 38.7
Average Family Size 3.07
White 31,309 94.9%
African-American 403 1.2%
Asian 820 2.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 45 0.1%
Other 118 0.4%
Mixed Race 297 0.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 473 1.4%

Estimated Clifton Park Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 36,568
Growth 3,573
Growth % 10.8%

Clifton Park Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Irish 21.7%
Italian 18.3%
German 11.9%
English 9.2%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.2%
Polish 7.1%
French (except Basque) 3.8%
US/American 2.6%
French Canadian 2%
Dutch 1.7%
Russian 1.5%
Scotch-Irish 1.5%
Scottish 1.4%
Ukrainian 0.9%
Norwegian 0.8%
European 0.7%
Greek 0.7%
Canadian 0.6%
British 0.5%
Swedish 0.5%
Danish 0.4%
Eastern European 0.4%
Hungarian 0.4%
Czech 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Armenian 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
Welsh 0.2%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
Latvian 0.2%
Egyptian 0.2%
Iranian 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
Syrian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Clifton Park Center (12065)
Elnora (12065)
Halfmoon (12065)
Jonesville (12065)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Clifton Park 32,995 $81,410
Cohoes 15,521 $42,054
East Glenville 6,064 $68,529
Mechanicville 5,019 $42,143
Niskayuna 4,892 $72,526
Round Lake 604 $49,375
Waterford 2,204 $45,375

Clifton Park Public Libraries

Shenendehowa Public Library
Clifton Park, New York
(518) 371-8622
Library Web Site

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