Introduction to Little Falls, New York

Little Falls, New York, in Herkimer county, is 19 miles E of Utica, New York (center to center) and 163 miles N of Newark, New Jersey. The city, which is part of the Utica - Rome metropolitan statistical area (MSA), has about 5,188 residents.

Little Falls History

The area was settled around 1723 when the necessity for a portage around the falls, led to the development of a trading center and eventually a settlement. This small community was destroyed in 1782 by the Indians and the Tories. It was settled again in 1790, and was known as "Rockton" and "Rock City". In 1792, the Western Inland Canal was constructed. The community was incorporated as the village of Little Falls in 1811, and in 1827, it was reincorporated, and was finally chartered as a city in 1895. The completion of the Erie Canal in 1825 led to the development of the area. During the later part of the 19th century, Little Falls was known as a major cheese center.

Little Falls and Nearby Attractions

  • Herkimer Home State Historic Site
  • Little Falls Historical Society Museum
  • Canajoharie Library & Art Gallery
  • Utica Zoo
  • Adirondack Park

Things To Do In Little Falls

The city of Little Falls is home to General Nicholas Herkimer's estate, which is now known as the Herkimer Home State Historic Site. The Little Falls Historical Society Museum, located in the city, features memorabilia, documents, photographs, maps, and other artifacts reflecting the historical and cultural heritage of the area. Canajoharie Library & Art Gallery showcases the work of artists like Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer, and Edward Hopper. The Adirondack Park, which occupies 6 million acres of land, is a popular destination in the area. The city also hosts the Canal Celebration, and Mohawk Valley Garlic & Herb Festival every year.

Little Falls Transportation

Albany International Airport is the closest major airport.

Little Falls Higher Education

Nearby colleges include the Herkimer County Community College, SUNY Institute of Technology, and Mohawk Valley Community College - Utica.


Total Population 4,878
Male Share of the Population 51.1%
Female Share of the Population 48.9%
Senior Citizens 20.2%
Employed Population 16+ 1,950
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 40.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $51,796
% Above Poverty Level 79.8%
% Below Poverty Level 20.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 5.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.2%
% Using Public Transportation 1.3%


People Living Alone 38.2%
Median Gross Rent $586
Median House Value $79,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.2%
US/American 0%
English 10.1%
Irish 26.7%

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

Little Falls Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 19 miles E of Utica, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 163 miles N of Newark, New Jersey
County Herkimer
Metro Area Utica - Rome
Standard Zip Codes 13365
Phone Area Codes 315
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.043
Longitude -74.86

Little 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 0.8 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 31 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 63 F
Annual Precip 42.8 inches
Distance 1.6 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 26 F
Apr Temp 32 to 52 F
Jul Temp 57 to 80 F
Oct Temp 36 to 57 F
Annual Precip 42 inches
Distance 16.9 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Dolgeville 2,349 $50,134
Mohawk 3,794 $61,902
St. Johnsville 2,576 $38,690

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

Little Falls Public Libraries

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Little Falls, New York
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Historic Little Falls


Little Falls (New York Central trains passing, Mohawk Valley) c1890.

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Little Falls (New York Central trains passing, Mohawk Valley) c1890.

Falls between 1880 and 1897

The locks at Little Falls. between 1890 and 1897

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