Rotterdam, New York

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Rotterdam, New York

Introduction to Rotterdam, New York

Rotterdam, New York, in Schenectady county, is 2 miles SW of Schenectady, New York and 141 miles N of New York, New York. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Albany-Schenectady-Troy metropolitan area with. Rotterdam's population is approximately 20,535.

Rotterdam History

The present day Town of Rotterdam was first settled in by Dutch settlers in the 1660s. It was established on April 14, 1820 and named after the city of Rotterdam, Netherlands. In the mid 1800s, the town boomed as one of the major corn industries. Development of the area also boomed after the Erie Canal was opened in the mid 1820s.

Rotterdam and nearby Attractions

  • Scotia - Glenville Children's Museum
  • Central Park Rose Garden
  • Schenectady Museum and Planetarium
  • Saratoga Spa State Park
  • Empire State Aerosciences Museum
  • John Boyd Thacher State Park

Things To Do In Rotterdam

Rotterdam offers opportunities to indulge in a variety of recreational activities. You can visit the Poutre Park, Carman Park, Peebles Island State Park and the Saratoga Spa State Park during your leisure hours. Golfers can enjoy a round at the Schenectady Municipal Golf Course or the Whispering Pines Golf Course. Regular concerts and plays are also performed at Proctor's Theater. The Schenectady County Historical Society Museum, Empire State Aerosciences Museum and the Schenectady Museum and Planetarium are all also close by.

Rotterdam Transportation

Regular flights are available from Albany International Airport.

Rotterdam Higher Education

Schenectady County Community College, Excelsior College and Union College are some of the nearby institutes of higher education.

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Comparative Profile of Rotterdam, New York

Comparing Rotterdam 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
Senior Citizens 10 10
Age of the Population 9 9
Female Share of the Population 6 7
Well-Paid Single Women 6 5
Well-Paid Single Men 6 5
Male Share of the Population 5 5
Racial Diversity 2 3
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 6 6
Average Household Size 4 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 8 7
People in Middle Class or Better 7 6
Median Family Income 6 5
College Educated Adults 3 2

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 7 8
Walking and Biking to Work 6 7
Public Transportation Use 4 3
Working at Home 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 6 4
People Living Alone 5 6
Affordability of Rents 5 6
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 8
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 3
Housing Recently Built 2 5

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Rotterdam Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles SW of Schenectady, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 141 miles N of New York, New York
County Schenectady
Metro Area Albany - Schenectady - Troy
Standard Zip Codes 12306
Phone Area Codes 518
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.786
Longitude -73.971

Rotterdam Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 9.1 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 31 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 39 to 60 F
Annual Precip 38.6 inches
Distance 18.8 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
Distance 24.9 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 30 F
Apr Temp 33 to 54 F
Jul Temp 59 to 80 F
Oct Temp 38 to 59 F
Annual Precip 35.7 inches
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Rotterdam Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 20,536 100%
Male 9,801 47.7%
Female 10,735 52.3%
Under 18 4,693 22.9%
18+ 15,843 77.1%
65+ 4,337 21.1%
Median Age 41.2
Average Family Size 2.91
White 19,935 97.1%
African-American 218 1.1%
Asian 113 0.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 32 0.2%
Other 43 0.2%
Mixed Race 191 0.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 212 1%

Rotterdam 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
Italian 33.7%
Irish 13.7%
Polish 11.2%
German 10.3%
French (except Basque) 5.8%
English 5.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.2%
US/American 3.6%
French Canadian 2.6%
Dutch 1.9%
Scottish 1.4%
Swedish 0.8%
Scotch-Irish 0.7%
Hungarian 0.6%
Slovak 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.4%
Greek 0.3%
Russian 0.3%
Slavic 0.3%
European 0.3%
Welsh 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Afghan 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Bellevue (12306)
Lower Rotterdam (12306)
Rotterdam Square Branch (12306)

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)
Rotterdam 20,536 $50,681
Altamont 1,737 $61,750
East Glenville 6,064 $68,529
Niskayuna 4,892 $72,526
Schenectady 61,821 $36,458
Scotia 7,957 $51,449
Westmere 7,188 $61,827
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