Introduction to Saranac Lake, New York

Saranac Lake, New York, in Franklin county, is 101 miles NE of Utica, New York (center to center) and 206 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts.

Saranac Lake History

Saranac Lake was settled in 1819 by Jacob Smith Moody. A logging facility and sawmill were established in 1827, by Alric Bushnell and Pliny Miller. The first school was built in 1838, and telephone service was introduced in 1884. The Village of Saranac Lake was incorporated on June 16th, 1892. The first village president, Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau, founded the Adirondack Cottage Sanitarium in this area in 1884.

Saranac Lake and Nearby Attractions

  • Mount Pisgah Ski Area
  • Charles Dickert Wildlife Museum
  • John Brown Farm State Historic Site
  • Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Cottage
  • High Falls Gorge

Things To Do In Saranac Lake

Exhibits in the Adirondack Museum reflect the historical and cultural background of the area. The New York Times named this museum as "the best of its kind in the world". The Charles Dickert Wildlife Museum, and Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Cottage are also nearby. Opportunities to play golf are available at the Saranac Lake Golf Course. The High Falls Gorge offers self guided scenic tours, snowboard rentals, and ski rentals. Residents of the community also host the annual Winter Carnival in February.

Saranac Lake Transportation

The closest major airport is Massena International Airport - Richards Field.

Saranac Lake Higher Education

North Country Community College is located in Saranac Lake. Among the nearby colleges are SUNY College at Plattsburgh, Clarkson University, and Adirondack Community College.


Total Population 5,727
Male Share of the Population 50.2%
Female Share of the Population 49.8%
Senior Citizens 17%
Employed Population 16+ 2,640
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 42.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 29%
Median Earnings25+ $34,211
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $30,526
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,159


Median Family Income $62,245
% Above Poverty Level 83.3%
% Below Poverty Level 16.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 5.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 14.8%
% Using Public Transportation 1.3%


People Living Alone 44%
Median Gross Rent $675
Median House Value $150,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.7%
US/American 0%
English 11.7%
Irish 28%

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

Saranac Lake Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 101 miles NE of Utica, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 206 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Franklin
Standard Zip Codes 12983
Phone Area Codes 518
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.329
Longitude -74.131

Saranac Lake Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 2.6 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 26 F
Apr Temp 27 to 51 F
Jul Temp 52 to 78 F
Oct Temp 33 to 55 F
Annual Precip 39.8 inches
Distance 9.2 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 27 F
Apr Temp 28 to 52 F
Jul Temp 53 to 78 F
Oct Temp 34 to 56 F
Annual Precip 39.8 inches
Distance 25.2 miles
Jan Temp 2 to 24 F
Apr Temp 28 to 49 F
Jul Temp 53 to 76 F
Oct Temp 33 to 54 F
Annual Precip 42.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Harrietstown (12983)

Lake Colby (12983)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Au Sable Forks 472 $64,375
Lake Placid 2,539 $65,737

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

Saranac Lake Public Libraries

Saranac Lake Free Library
Saranac Lake, New York
(518) 891-4190
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Saranac Lake Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(518) 891-4141
Emergency Service: Yes

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Central station (Saranac Lake, Adirondack Mts) c1909.

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Central station (Saranac Lake, Adirondack Mts) c1909.

Saranac Lake (central station, Adirondacks) between 1905 and 1920

Street view (looking west) c1906.

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