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Overview

Introduction to Fort Drum, New York

Fort Drum, New York, in Jefferson county, is 69 miles N of Utica, New York and 176 miles NE of Buffalo, New York.

Fort Drum History

Since 1908, Fort Drum has been serving as a military training site. The presence of the Army in the area, however, dates back to the early 1800s. A company of infantry soldiers was posted at Sackett's Harbor in 1809. They helped to control smuggling between northern New York and Canada. The harbor became a center of military activity during the War of 1812. Brigadier General Frederick Dent Grant visited the area in 1908 and found it to be a perfect place to train military troops. It was named Camp Drum in honor of Lieutenant General Hugh A. Drum in 1951.

Fort Drum and nearby Attractions

  • Thompson Park Conservancy and Zoo
  • Jefferson County Historical Society Museum
  • Dry Hill Ski Area
  • Thousand Islands Museum of Clayton
  • Sci - Tech Center of Northern New York
  • Antique Boat Museum

Things To Do In Fort Drum

You can visit the Leray Mansion and the Fort Drum Army Base during your leisure hours. Skiing can be enjoyed at the Dry Hill Ski Area. The Thompson Park Conservancy and Zoo is also nearby. White river rafting on the Hudson River is a popular activity among the residents of Fort Drum.

Fort Drum Transportation

Air transportation is available from Wheeler - Sack AAF Airport.

Fort Drum Higher Education

Opportunities for higher studies are offered by SUNY College at Potsdam, Clarkson University and Jefferson Community College.

People

Total Population 13,985
Male Share of the Population 61.5%
Female Share of the Population 38.5%
Senior Citizens 0.1%
Employed Population 16+ 7,378
Age of the Population 22

Families

% of people married 53.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $41,223
% Above Poverty Level 86.3%
% Below Poverty Level 13.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 9 minutes
% Working from Home 6.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 25.6%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 14.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,352
Median House Value $0

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 42.8%
US/American 0%
English 3.1%
Irish 17.7%

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

Fort Drum Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 69 miles N of Utica, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 176 miles NE of Buffalo, New York
County Jefferson
Standard Zip Codes 13602, 13603
Phone Area Codes 315
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.04
Longitude -75.75

Fort Drum 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 WATERTOWN
Distance 7.7 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 28 F
Apr Temp 35 to 53 F
Jul Temp 61 to 79 F
Oct Temp 39 to 57 F
Annual Precip 42.5 inches
Station WATERTOWN AP
Distance 13.5 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 30 F
Apr Temp 32 to 55 F
Jul Temp 57 to 80 F
Oct Temp 37 to 59 F
Annual Precip 34.7 inches
Station STILLWATER RESERVOIR
Distance 37.3 miles
Jan Temp 2 to 24 F
Apr Temp 28 to 49 F
Jul Temp 55 to 74 F
Oct Temp 35 to 53 F
Annual Precip 49.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Wtown (13602)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Black River 1,381 $73,068
Calcium 4,102 $49,004
Deferiet 276 $52,500
Evans Mills 481 $71,429
Great Bend 854 $82,361
Herrings 78 $82,500

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

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