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Overview

Introduction to Schenectady, New York

Schenectady, New York, in Schenectady county, is 143 miles N of New York, New York. The city is in the Albany-Schenectady-Troy area.

Schenectady History

Schenectady was originally inhabited by Mohawk Indians. They called the settlement "Schau-naugh-ta-da," which meant "over the pine plains." It was first settled in by Europeans in 1661 and was incorporated as a borough in 1765. In 1798 it was reincorporated as a city. The city is also home to Union College, which was founded in 1795. As a reference to two of its prominent businesses, Schenectady was once referred to as "The City that Lights and Hauls the World."

Schenectady and nearby Attractions

  • Schenectady Museum and Planetarium
  • Central Park Rose Garden
  • Schenectady County Historical Society Museum
  • Scotia - Glenville Children's Museum
  • Thompson's Lake State Park
  • Berkshire Botanical Garden

Things To Do In Schenectady

During your stay in Schenectady, you can visit the Carrie Street Park, Fairview Park, Jerry Burrell Park, Michigan Avenue Park, South Avenue Park, Steinmetz Park, Kailberg Park, Woodlawn Park and Wallingford Park. The Central Park Rose Garden is an ideal place to spend a relaxing day. Golfers can enjoy the facilities offered by the Whispering Pines Golf Course and the Schenectady Municipal Golf Course. The Empire State Aerosciences Museum, Schenectady Museum and the Schenectady County Historical Society Museum are also popular local spots.

Schenectady Transportation

Albany International is the nearest major airport.

Schenectady Higher Education

Schenectady County Community College, Spencer Business and Technical Institute and Union College are some of the local colleges.

People

Total Population 65,735
Male Share of the Population 48.8%
Female Share of the Population 51.2%
Senior Citizens 12.5%
Employed Population 16+ 29,068
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 33.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21.1%
Median Earnings25+ $30,093
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,660
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,665

Wealth

Median Family Income $53,907
% Above Poverty Level 77.2%
% Below Poverty Level 22.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.6%
% Using Public Transportation 9%

Housing

People Living Alone 41.1%
Median Gross Rent $811
Median House Value $114,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 37.2%
US/American 0.1%
English 5.4%
Irish 11.1%

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

Schenectady Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 143 miles N of New York, New York
County Schenectady
Metro Area Albany - Schenectady - Troy
Standard Zip Codes 12008, 12302, 12303, 12304, 12305, 12306, 12307, 12308, 12309
P.O. Box Zip Codes 12301, 12325
Company Zip Codes 12345
Phone Area Codes 518
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.814
Longitude -73.94

Schenectady 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 ALBANY INTL AP
Distance 8.4 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
Station SARATOGA SPRINGS 4 SW
Distance 16.4 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 GRAFTON
Distance 24.1 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 29 F
Apr Temp 34 to 54 F
Jul Temp 58 to 78 F
Oct Temp 39 to 57 F
Annual Precip 46.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Alplaus (12008)

Bellevue (12306)

Brandywine (12304)

Glenville (12325, 12302)

Lower Rotterdam (12306)

Rotterdam Square Branch (12306)

Stoodley Corners (12302)

Upper Union (12309)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Clifton Park 37,046 $113,922
East Glenville 6,621 $91,296
Niskayuna 22,050 $113,320
Rotterdam 29,174 $80,301

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

Schenectady Public Libraries

Library
Schenectady County Public Library
99 CLINTON STREET
Schenectady, New York
(518) 388-4500
Library Web Site

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Schenectady Hospitals

ST CLARE'S HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
600 MCCLELLAN STREET
(518) 382-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

ELLIS HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1101 NOTT STREET
(518) 243-4196
Emergency Service: Yes

SUNNYVIEW HOSPITAL AND REHABILITATION CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1270 BELMONT AVENUE
(518) 386-3580
Emergency Service: No

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518-370-8190
Serves 2,577 students.

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1626 BALLTOWN RD
518-382-2521
Serves 1,419 students.

MOHONASEN SHS
2072 CURRY RD
518-356-8300
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,099 students.

SCHALMONT HS
ONE SABRE DR
518-355-6110
Serves 789 students.

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