Introduction to Scotia, New York

Scotia, New York is 1 mile NW of Schenectady, New York and 144 miles N of New York, New York. It is in Schenectady county. The village is part of the Albany-Schenectady-Troy metro area. The population of Scotia is 7,957.

Scotia History

In the 17th century, Scotsman Alexander Lindsay Glen purchased land along the north shore of the Mohawk River from Native Americans. Glen named the village Scotia, meaning Scotland in Latin. During the 19th century, the village had one of the largest Broom industries in the country and had close to 100 operating broomcorn farms. Scotia was officially incorporated as a village in 1904.

Scotia and nearby Attractions

  • Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
  • Shaker Heritage Society
  • Schenectady County Historical Society Museum
  • Peebles Island State Park
  • Scotia-Glenville Children's Museum
  • Berkshire Botanical Garden

Things To Do In Scotia

Local museums and historical sites include the Schenectady County Historical Society Museum, the Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site, the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, the New York Executive Mansion and the New York State Capitol. Peebles Island State Park, Thompson's Lake State Park and John Boyd Thacher State Park offer various recreational opportunities.

Scotia Transportation

Air transportation is available from Albany International Airport.

Scotia Higher Education

Colleges accessible from Scotia include Schenectady County Community College, Union College, Excelsior College and the College of Saint Rose.


Total Population 7,742
Male Share of the Population 47%
Female Share of the Population 53%
Senior Citizens 13.2%
Employed Population 16+ 3,946
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 49.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 25.5%
Median Earnings25+ $38,103
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,250
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,956


Median Family Income $75,625
% Above Poverty Level 93.8%
% Below Poverty Level 6.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 32.9%
Median Gross Rent $833
Median House Value $147,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.2%
US/American 0.4%
English 13.1%
Irish 24.1%

Scotia Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 1 miles NW of Schenectady, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 144 miles N of New York, New York
County Schenectady
Metro Area Albany - Schenectady - Troy
Standard Zip Codes 12302
Phone Area Codes 518
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.826
Longitude -73.964

Scotia Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 9.9 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 16.2 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 25.5 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, Scotia, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Glenville (12302)

Stoodley Corners (12302)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Altamont 1,609 $103,462
East Glenville 6,772 $90,424
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