Peru, New York

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Peru, New York

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 7% Peru Affordability of Property Taxes
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Peru College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Peru, New York

Comparing Peru 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
Female Share of the Population 8 9
Senior Citizens 6 7
Age of the Population 6 5
Racial Diversity 5 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 4
Male Share of the Population 3 2
Well-Paid Single Men 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 8
Average Household Size 9 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 6
People in Middle Class or Better 6 4
Median Family Income 6 3
People Above Poverty 4 2

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 8 7
Short Commute Times 8 8
Walking and Biking to Work 3 3
Public Transportation Use 3 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 4 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 2
Affordability of Rents 2 5
People Living Alone 2 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 1

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Peru Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 123 miles N of Schenectady, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 197 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Clinton
Standard Zip Codes 12972
Phone Area Codes 518
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.578
Longitude -73.527

Peru Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station PERU 2 WSW
Distance 2.1 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 28 F
Apr Temp 33 to 55 F
Jul Temp 59 to 82 F
Oct Temp 37 to 58 F
Annual Precip 31 inches
Distance 5.8 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 26 F
Apr Temp 34 to 53 F
Jul Temp 60 to 80 F
Oct Temp 38 to 56 F
Annual Precip 34.4 inches
Distance 20.1 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 27 F
Apr Temp 34 to 53 F
Jul Temp 60 to 81 F
Oct Temp 39 to 56 F
Annual Precip 36 inches
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Peru Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 1,514 100%
Male 702 46.4%
Female 812 53.6%
Under 18 404 26.7%
18+ 1,110 73.3%
65+ 243 16.1%
Median Age 38
Average Family Size 3.07
White 1,481 97.8%
African-American 11 0.7%
Asian 12 0.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 1 0.1%
Other 0 0%
Mixed Race 9 0.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 8 0.5%

Peru 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
French Canadian 17%
French (except Basque) 15.6%
German 13.7%
Irish 12.6%
English 11.5%
US/American 8.7%
Italian 6.9%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 2.7%
Scotch-Irish 2.5%
Scottish 1.8%
Polish 1.4%
Canadian 1.3%
Portuguese 0.9%
Norwegian 0.7%
Hungarian 0.7%
Dutch 0.7%
Greek 0.6%
Lithuanian 0.6%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Harkness (12972)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Peru 1,514 $43,125
Au Sable Forks 670 $37,500
Dannemora 4,129 $47,019
Keeseville 1,850 $36,181
Morrisonville 1,702 $53,550
Plattsburgh 18,816 $46,337
Redford 512 $59,408
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Peru High Schools (2004)

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 761 students.

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