Cooperstown, New York

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Cooperstown, New York

Cooperstown, New York Overview

Cooperstown is located in upstate New York, about an hour and a half west of New York's capital, Albany. Cooperstown sits in a triangle formed by three highways including Interstate 81, Interstate 88, and Interstate 90. State Highway 28 and 80, and County Highway 33 all pass through Cooperstown. Cooperstown is located on the southern banks of picturesque Otsego Lake, known as "Glimmerglass" from James Fenimore Cooper's novels.

Cooperstown is the county seat of Otsego County, New York. It was founded in 1787 by William Cooper who was a judge and a member of Congress. It was incorporated in 1807 as The Village of Otsego, but changed its name to The Village of Cooperstown in 1812. At its incorporation, Cooperstown had a population of 686 people. That has grown to slightly over 2,000 people. Cooperstown is perhaps best known as home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Things to Do in Cooperstown

As home to The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, which is located on Main Street, a large number of the things to do in Cooperstown center around baseball. Baseball attractions and events in Cooperstown include:

  • The Baseball Wax Museum, which is a wax museum dedicated to baseball with three floors of attractions.
  • Cooperstown Dreams Park, which is home to the American Youth Baseball Hall Of Fame, and the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Invitational Tournaments.
  • Doubleday Field, which is an almost 10,000 seat minor league ballpark that has been in existence since 1920. It is home to Major League Baseball's annual Hall of Fame Game.
  • The Doubleday Batting range, which is a batting cage located next to Doubleday Field. It is the oldest batting cage open to the public in the United States.
  • The Hall of Fame Game Weekend, which is a weekend of events centered upon the annual Hall of Fame Game. The Hall of Fame game is an in-season exhibition game between two Major League Baseball clubs played at Doubleday Field.
  • Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, which is a weekend of activities that includes the annual induction of the next class of baseball's hall of famers.
  • The National Baseball Hall of Fame, which is the hall of fame for baseball in the United States. Dedicated in 1939, the Hall of Fame consists of three floors of baseball exhibits, memorabilia, and information, including the famous Plaque Gallery that holds all of the plaques of inductees.

There are also many other things to do in and around Cooperstown that are not centered upon baseball. Other notable activities and events include:

  • Bear Pond Wines in Oneonta
  • Brewery Ommegang
  • Cooperstown Candlelight Ghost Tours
  • The Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival
  • The Farmers' Museum
  • The Fenimore Art Museum
  • Fly Creek Cider Mill in Fly Creek
  • The Glimmerglass Opera
  • The Glimmerglass Queen Tour Boat
  • The Leatherstocking Golf Course
  • Howe Caverns in Howe Cave, New York
  • The National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta

For more information about Cooperstown see Nutty About Sports article"Visiting the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York".

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High Points

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

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Walking and Biking to Work
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Top 2% trophy Cooperstown Walking and Biking to Work
Well-Paid Single Women
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Top 5% trophy Cooperstown Well-Paid Single Women
Short Commute Times
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Top 5% trophy Cooperstown Short Commute Times
College Educated Adults
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Top 6% Cooperstown College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Men
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Top 10% Cooperstown Well-Paid Single Men

Comparative Profile of Cooperstown, New York

Comparing Cooperstown 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 Women 10 8
Senior Citizens 10 10
Female Share of the Population 10 10
Age of the Population 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 10 7
Racial Diversity 7 5
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 2
Male Share of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 2 2
Average Household Size 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 9
Median Family Income 8 5
People in Middle Class or Better 8 5
People Above Poverty 6 4

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 10 10
Short Commute Times 10 10
Working at Home 10 10
Public Transportation Use 7 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 10
People Living Alone 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 9
Affordability of Rents 3 7
Housing Recently Built 1 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 4

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Cooperstown Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 31 miles SE of Utica, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 141 miles N of Newark, New Jersey
County Otsego
Standard Zip Codes 13326
Phone Area Codes 607
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.7
Longitude -74.924

Cooperstown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 1.2 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 29 F
Apr Temp 31 to 54 F
Jul Temp 56 to 79 F
Oct Temp 35 to 58 F
Annual Precip 41.7 inches
Distance 12.6 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 29 F
Apr Temp 33 to 53 F
Jul Temp 58 to 78 F
Oct Temp 38 to 58 F
Annual Precip 45.7 inches
Distance 12.9 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 31 F
Apr Temp 31 to 55 F
Jul Temp 55 to 80 F
Oct Temp 36 to 59 F
Annual Precip 40.4 inches
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Cooperstown Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 2,032 100%
Male 912 44.9%
Female 1,120 55.1%
Under 18 411 20.2%
18+ 1,621 79.8%
65+ 547 26.9%
Median Age 44.7
Average Family Size 2.83
White 1,955 96.2%
African-American 19 0.9%
Asian 33 1.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 2 0.1%
Other 7 0.3%
Mixed Race 16 0.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 47 2.3%

Estimated Cooperstown Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 1,938
Growth -94
Growth % -4.6%

Cooperstown 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 17.5%
English 17%
German 15.9%
Italian 7.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.9%
French (except Basque) 3.6%
Dutch 3.5%
Scotch-Irish 3.4%
Polish 2.9%
Scottish 2.2%
French Canadian 2.1%
US/American 2%
Norwegian 1.8%
European 1.4%
Greek 1.1%
Lebanese 1.1%
Russian 1.1%
British 1%
Northern European 1%
Welsh 0.8%
Czechoslovakian 0.8%
Hungarian 0.7%
Danish 0.6%
Eastern European 0.5%
Austrian 0.5%
Slovene 0.5%
Yugoslavian 0.5%
Swiss 0.4%
Canadian 0.4%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Portuguese 0.2%
African 0.2%
Egyptian 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Hartwick Seminary (13326)

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)
Cooperstown 2,032 $50,250
Cherry Valley 592 $41,375
Laurens 277 $27,500
Milford 511 $45,375
Oneonta 13,292 $40,833
Richfield Springs 1,255 $40,956
Sharon Springs 547 $45,000

Cooperstown Public Libraries

Village Library Of Cooperstown
Cooperstown, New York
(607) 547-8344
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Cooperstown Hospitals

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(607) 547-3456
Emergency Service: Yes

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