Fort Drum, New York

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Fort Drum, New York

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. The town is home to some 12,123 residents.

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.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Short Commute Times
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Top 1% trophy Fort Drum Short Commute Times
Walking and Biking to Work
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Top 5% trophy Fort Drum Walking and Biking to Work
Racial Diversity
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Top 6% Fort Drum Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Fort Drum, New York

Comparing Fort Drum 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
Male Share of the Population 10 10
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 10
Racial Diversity 10 10
Age of the Population 1 1
Female Share of the Population 1 1
Senior Citizens 1 1
Well-Paid Single Men 1 1


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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 7 6
College Educated Adults 5 5
People in Middle Class or Better 2 1
Median Family Income 1 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 10 10
Working at Home 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 10 10
Public Transportation Use 6 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 10 10
Affordability of Rents 5 6
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 5
People Living Alone 1 1
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 1

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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

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
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
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
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
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Fort Drum Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 12,123 100%
Male 7,897 65.1%
Female 4,226 34.9%
Under 18 3,014 24.9%
18+ 9,109 75.1%
65+ 8 0.1%
Median Age 22.5
Average Family Size 3.36
White 7,779 64.2%
African-American 2,398 19.8%
Asian 291 2.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 101 0.8%
Other 922 7.6%
Mixed Race 548 4.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,609 13.3%

Fort Drum 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
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 40.8%
German 13.5%
Irish 9.4%
Italian 6.7%
US/American 5.3%
English 3.8%
French (except Basque) 2.8%
Polish 1.8%
French Canadian 1.6%
Jamaican 1.4%
Dutch 1.1%
Norwegian 1.1%
Scottish 1%
Scotch-Irish 1%
African 0.8%
Welsh 0.7%
British 0.7%
Swedish 0.6%
European 0.5%
Russian 0.4%
Northern European 0.4%
Sierra Leonean 0.3%
Greek 0.3%
Other Arab 0.3%
Israeli 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Ethiopian 0.2%
Portuguese 0.2%
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 0.2%
South African 0.2%
West Indian 0.2%
Ukrainian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
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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)

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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Fort Drum 12,123 $31,202
Black River 1,285 $54,236
Calcium 3,346 $30,000
Deferiet 309 $36,250
Evans Mills 605 $44,886
Great Bend 801 $49,250
Herrings 129 $33,750
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