Introduction to Glens Falls, New York

Glens Falls, New York, in Warren county, is 37 miles NE of Schenectady, New York and 146 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts. There are an estimated 14,354 people in the city.

Glens Falls History

The area occupied by the present day city of Glen Falls was originally called Chepontuc. After many name changes, the area was named in honor of Colonel Johannes Glen in 1788. It had its first post office in 1808, and was incorporated as a village in 1839. Glens Falls achieved cityhood in 1908.

Glens Falls and nearby Attractions

  • Champlain Canal
  • Charles R. Wood Theater
  • Glens Falls Community Theatre
  • Glens Falls Symphony
  • Chapman Historical Museum
  • The Hyde Collection

Things To Do In Glens Falls

Glen Falls is noted for its many historic sites. It has two historic districts that are mentioned on the National Register of Historic Places. The city also has a Civil War Monument. Glen Falls presents a variety of opportunities for entertainment as well, ranging across theater, music and locally organized events.

Glens Falls Transportation

Albany International is the nearest major airport.

Glens Falls Higher Education

Adirondack Community College, SUNY Empire State College and Skidmore College provide facilities for higher education.


Total Population 14,574
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 13.2%
Employed Population 16+ 7,737
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 36.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26.6%
Median Earnings25+ $35,428
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,188
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,906


Median Family Income $59,878
% Above Poverty Level 83.7%
% Below Poverty Level 16.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 8.2%
% Using Public Transportation 1.1%


People Living Alone 37.2%
Median Gross Rent $803
Median House Value $147,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.6%
US/American 0%
English 11.8%
Irish 19.4%

Glens Falls Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 37 miles NE of Schenectady, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 146 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Warren
Metro Area Glens Falls
Standard Zip Codes 12801, 12803, 12804
Phone Area Codes 518
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.309
Longitude -73.644

Glens Falls Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.1 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 29 F
Apr Temp 34 to 56 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 36 to 58 F
Annual Precip 38.5 inches
Distance 14.5 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 21 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Queensbury (12801, 12804)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Hudson Falls 7,266 $51,946

Glens Falls Public Libraries

Crandall Public Library
Glens Falls, New York
(518) 792-6508
Library Web Site

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Glens Falls Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(518) 792-3151
Emergency Service: Yes

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