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Overview

Saratoga Springs, New York

Saratoga Springs is located in Saratoga County in upstate New York. The city is well known as being home to the Saratoga Race Course. Saratoga Springs is also recognized for its active night life. Saratoga Lake is situated southeast of Saratoga Springs.

History

A British war hero of the French and Indian Wars named Sir William Johnson along with native companions traveled to the area in 1767. Their goal was to take advantage of the medicinal properties found in a local spring to treat wounds that occurred during battles. The spring now has the name "High Rock Spring." The area was settled in 1776 and became popular with tourists. Hotels were constructed in the area including a hotel built by Revolutionary War hero Gideon Putnam.

Saratoga Springs was established as a city in 1915, originally formed from part of the Town of Saratoga, which still exists today as a separate municipality. During the 19th century the area's fame as a city of spas significantly increased. In order to accommodate the substantial increase in tourists, more hotels were built including the huge Grand Union Hotel. The well known Battle of Saratoga which historians consider a major turning point during the Revolutionary War actually occurred on a battlefield approximately 15 miles away in a town named Stillwater.

Transportation

The major airport serving Saratoga Springs is the Albany International Airport. The Saratoga County Airport is located in neighboring Ballston Spa, but the nearest airport with common carrier service is Albany. Amtrak offers rail transport to the city.

Attractions

The Saratoga Race Course is recognized as the oldest continually operated thoroughbred horse racing course in the country and holds one of the most prestigious racing meets for six weeks from the end of July to Labor Day. The track hosts the prominent Travers Stakes also known as the Midsummer Derby. During the month of August, tens of thousands flock to the track and in the evening the streets of the city teem with restaurant and club goers.

The city is also home to Saratoga Raceway, a separate, smaller race track facility for harness racing which generally operates in the evenings for several months of the year. A casino (also known as the racino) has recently been added to the grounds and houses over 1000 video gaming machines.

Saratoga Spa State Park is situated on more than 2,000 acres. The park is very popular with tourists. The Saratoga Spa State Park includes mineral springs, a spa, automobile museum, reflecting pools,a golf course and other attractions. Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), located on the grounds of the park, is the summer home of the New York City Ballet and also hosts top tier symphony and popular music concerts.

Just thirty minutes north of Saratoga lies beautiful Lake George and the Adirondack Mountains.

A large collection of golf courses is located in the area which includes the prestigious Saratoga National Golf Club and Airway Meadows. There are numerous other attractions in the area including:

  • More than ten museums including three national museums
  • Numerous natural mineral springs
  • Treatments at local spas
  • Saratoga Springs History Museum
  • Saratoga Performing Arts Center
  • New York State Military Museum
  • Yaddo Gardens
  • Roosevelt Mineral Baths
  • Saratoga Lake
  • Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Higher Education

Saratoga Springs is home to Skidmore College. The college was established in 1903 and it's recognized as a liberal arts college. The college is known for emphasizing creativity and experimentation in the learning process.

People

Total Population 27,244
Male Share of the Population 48.5%
Female Share of the Population 51.5%
Senior Citizens 17.7%
Employed Population 16+ 13,276
Age of the Population 39

Families

% of people married 44.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 50.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $95,366
% Above Poverty Level 93.2%
% Below Poverty Level 6.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 8.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 10.1%
% Using Public Transportation 1.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 37.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,008
Median House Value $311,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.5%
US/American 0.2%
English 12.3%
Irish 24%

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

Saratoga Springs Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 20 miles NE of Schenectady, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 147 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Saratoga
Metro Area Albany - Schenectady - Troy
Standard Zip Codes 12866
Phone Area Codes 518
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.083
Longitude -73.785

Saratoga Springs 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 SARATOGA SPRINGS 4 SW
Distance 3.8 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
Station CONKLINGVILLE DAM
Distance 17.8 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 29 F
Apr Temp 32 to 53 F
Jul Temp 58 to 79 F
Oct Temp 37 to 58 F
Annual Precip 46.5 inches
Station ALBANY INTL AP
Distance 23.1 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ballston Spa 5,256 $75,865
Corinth 6,503 $63,529
Galway 3,541 $79,063
Stillwater 8,392 $87,118

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

Saratoga Springs Public Libraries

Library
Saratoga Springs Public Library
49 HENRY STREET
Saratoga Springs, New York
(518) 584-7860
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Saratoga Springs Hospitals

SARATOGA HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
211 CHURCH STREET
(518) 587-3222
Emergency Service: Yes

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SARATOGA SPRINGS HS
186 WEST AVE
518-587-6690
Serves 2,137 students.

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Historic Saratoga Springs

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Atrium in the House of Pansa c1901.

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Atrium in the House of Pansa c1901.

Windsor Hotel between 1895 and 1910

The Trolley station between 1900 and 1910

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