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Overview

Introduction to Mechanicville, New York

Mechanicville, New York, in Saratoga county, is 14 miles NE of Schenectady, New York (center to center) and 138 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The city is considered part of the Albany - Schenectady - Troy metropolitan area.

Mechanicville History

Mechanicville, which was settled in 1764 by the Europeans, adopted its present name around 1829. It was named after early settlers, who were mostly mastercraftsmen. The Saratoga and Renselaer Railway laid its tracks through the city in 1835, which enabled Mechanicville to become a major commercial interchange. It was incorporated in 1859, as a village, and later, in 1915, it was recognized as a city.

Mechanicville and Nearby Attractions

  • Mitchell County Museum
  • John Boyd Thacher State Park
  • Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
  • Saratoga Spa State Park
  • Waterford Historical Museum

Things To Do In Mechanicville

Mechanicville offers easy access to numeruos museums including the National Bottle Museum, Mitchell County Museum, Brookside Saratoga County Historical Society Museum, and Waterford Historical Museum. The Ulysses S. Grant Cottage State Historical Site, the New York Executive Mansion, and the Bennington Battlefield State Historical Site are sites of historical importance located near the city. A variety of recreational opportunities are also provided by the Peebles Island State Park, Thompson's Lake State Park, and John Boyd Thacher State Park.

Mechanicville Transportation

The closest major airport is Albany International Airport.

Mechanicville Higher Education

Nearby colleges include SUNY Empire State College, Siena College, and Skidmore College.

People

Total Population 5,205
Male Share of the Population 47.1%
Female Share of the Population 52.9%
Senior Citizens 15.7%
Employed Population 16+ 2,351
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 35.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $65,944
% Above Poverty Level 83.7%
% Below Poverty Level 16.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 37.9%
Median Gross Rent $771
Median House Value $150,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.1%
US/American 0%
English 11.4%
Irish 28.4%

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

Mechanicville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 14 miles NE of Schenectady, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 138 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Saratoga
Metro Area Albany - Schenectady - Troy
Standard Zip Codes 12118
Phone Area Codes 518
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.902
Longitude -73.687

Mechanicville 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 TROY LOCK AND DAM
Distance 10.6 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 32 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 62 F
Annual Precip 37.8 inches
Station SARATOGA SPRINGS 4 SW
Distance 11.1 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
Station GRAFTON
Distance 13.9 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 29 F
Apr Temp 34 to 54 F
Jul Temp 58 to 78 F
Oct Temp 39 to 57 F
Annual Precip 46.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Clifton Park 37,046 $113,922
Schaghticoke 7,668 $74,199
Stillwater 8,392 $87,118
Waterford 8,412 $72,207

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

Mechanicville Public Libraries

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Mechanicville District Public Library
190 NORTH MAIN STREET
Mechanicville, New York
(518) 664-4646

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Mechanicville High Schools

MECHANICVILLE HS
25 KNISKERN AVE
518-664-9888
Serves 396 students.

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