Introduction to Watervliet, New York

Watervliet, New York, in Albany county, is 6 miles NE of Albany, New York and 137 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The city is included in the Albany-Schenectady-Troy metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 10,207 people lived in Watervliet.

Watervliet History

Famed explorer Henry Hudson came to this region sometime around 1609. However, the first settlement began in 1643 and was a part of Rensselaerwyck Patroonship. Shakers settled in the area occupied by the present day city of Watervliet in 1774. The Town of Watervliet was established in 1788 and became a city in 1896. A number of neighboring towns were created from Watervliet, so it is often referred to as the "mother of towns."

Watervliet and nearby Attractions

  • Watervliet Arsenal Museum
  • Peebles Island State Park
  • Rensselaer County Historical Society
  • Waterford Historical Museum
  • Shaker Heritage Society
  • Normanside Country Club

Things To Do In Watervliet

The Peebles Island State Park is situated in a beautiful location at the confluence of the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers. It has facilities for hiking and fishing and also has a picnic area. The Watervliet Arsenal Museum is an interesting place featuring artillery exhibits like guns, cannons and howitzers.

Watervliet Transportation

Albany International is the nearest major airport.

Watervliet Higher Education

Siena College, Hudson Valley Community College, SUNY at Albany and Excelsior College provide higher education in the area.


Total Population 10,241
Male Share of the Population 51.3%
Female Share of the Population 48.7%
Senior Citizens 13.3%
Employed Population 16+ 5,346
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 32.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $55,771
% Above Poverty Level 85.5%
% Below Poverty Level 14.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.7%
% Using Public Transportation 7.1%


People Living Alone 44.2%
Median Gross Rent $832
Median House Value $132,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 20.4%
US/American 1.3%
English 7.4%
Irish 33.1%

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

Watervliet Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles NE of Albany, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 137 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Albany
Metro Area Albany - Schenectady - Troy
Standard Zip Codes 12189
Phone Area Codes 518
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.73
Longitude -73.701

Watervliet Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.7 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 32 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 62 F
Annual Precip 37.8 inches
Distance 5.2 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 12.5 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, Watervliet, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Mannville (12189)

Maplewood (12189)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cohoes 16,281 $57,595
Waterford 8,412 $72,207

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

Watervliet Public Libraries

Watervliet Public Library
Watervliet, New York
(518) 274-4471
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