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Overview

Introduction to Potsdam, New York

Potsdam, New York, in St Lawrence county, is 109 miles N of Utica, New York (center to center) and 230 miles NE of Buffalo, New York. As of the 2000 census, 9,425 people lived in Potsdam.

Potsdam History

The area was originally home to the St. Regis Indians, and the first European settlers arrived in in 1803. The Town of Potsdam was created in 1806, and the Village of Potsdam, which is a part of the town, was incorporated in 1831. According to records, the community was named "Potsdam" after the city in Germany. Quarries in the area supplied the sandstone that was used in the construction of parliament buildings in Canada. In 1841, the charter of the village was amended to allow it to increase in size.

Potsdam and Nearby Attractions

  • Potsdam Public Museum
  • John Brown Farm State Historic Site
  • Silas Wright Museum
  • Adirondack Park
  • New York State Zoo at Thompson Park

Things To Do In Potsdam

Potsdam Public Museum showcases artifacts and memorabilia reflecting the natural and cultural heritage of the region. Silas Wright Museum, Boldt Castle, John Brown Farm State Historic Site, and Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Cottage are close by. The Coles Creek State Park, and Higley Flow State Park feature beaches, nature trails, and picnic areas. Visitors can also enjoy boating, fishing, and camping here. The village includes numerous parks that are situated along the Raquette River. These parks offer facilities for swimming, canoeing, fishing, and kayaking. North Country Neighbors is a popular flea market. In addition, the community organizes the Summer Festival in July every year.

Potsdam Transportation

Burlington International Airport is the closest major airport.

Potsdam Higher Education

The village is home to the SUNY Potsdam, and Clarkson University. Saint Lawrence University, and SUNY Canton are close by.

People

Total Population 16,172
Male Share of the Population 51.1%
Female Share of the Population 48.9%
Senior Citizens 9.5%
Employed Population 16+ 6,705
Age of the Population 23

Families

% of people married 29.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 40.6%
Median Earnings25+ $40,625
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,964
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,333

Wealth

Median Family Income $71,472
% Above Poverty Level 79.3%
% Below Poverty Level 20.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 7.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 21.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 36%
Median Gross Rent $695
Median House Value $107,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.9%
US/American 0.3%
English 12.6%
Irish 19.8%

Potsdam Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 109 miles N of Utica, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 230 miles NE of Buffalo, New York
County St Lawrence
Standard Zip Codes 13676
Company Zip Codes 13699
Phone Area Codes 315
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.669
Longitude -74.981

Potsdam 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 CANTON 4 SE
Distance 9.2 miles
Jan Temp 4 to 26 F
Apr Temp 32 to 52 F
Jul Temp 58 to 79 F
Oct Temp 35 to 57 F
Annual Precip 37.5 inches
Station LAWRENCEVILLE 3 SW
Distance 11.8 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 26 F
Apr Temp 32 to 54 F
Jul Temp 59 to 80 F
Oct Temp 38 to 58 F
Annual Precip 36.9 inches
Station OGDENSBURG 4 NE
Distance 23.4 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 24 F
Apr Temp 34 to 52 F
Jul Temp 60 to 80 F
Oct Temp 39 to 56 F
Annual Precip 34.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Eben (13676)

Parishville Center (13676)

Sandfordville (13676)

Sissonville (13676)

Slab City (13676)

West Parishville (13676)

West Potsdam (13676)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Norwood 1,498 $56,691

Potsdam Public Libraries

Library
Potsdam Public Library And Reading Room
2 PARK STREET
Potsdam, New York
(315) 265-7230
Library Web Site

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Potsdam Hospitals

CANTON-POTSDAM HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
50 LEROY STREET
(315) 265-3300
Emergency Service: Yes

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29 LEROY ST
315-265-2000
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 494 students.

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