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Overview

Introduction to Fort Drum, New York

Fort Drum, New York, in Jefferson county, is 69 miles N of Utica, New York and 176 miles NE of Buffalo, New York.

Fort Drum History

Since 1908, Fort Drum has been serving as a military training site. The presence of the Army in the area, however, dates back to the early 1800s. A company of infantry soldiers was posted at Sackett's Harbor in 1809. They helped to control smuggling between northern New York and Canada. The harbor became a center of military activity during the War of 1812. Brigadier General Frederick Dent Grant visited the area in 1908 and found it to be a perfect place to train military troops. It was named Camp Drum in honor of Lieutenant General Hugh A. Drum in 1951.

Fort Drum and nearby Attractions

  • Thompson Park Conservancy and Zoo
  • Jefferson County Historical Society Museum
  • Dry Hill Ski Area
  • Thousand Islands Museum of Clayton
  • Sci - Tech Center of Northern New York
  • Antique Boat Museum

Things To Do In Fort Drum

You can visit the Leray Mansion and the Fort Drum Army Base during your leisure hours. Skiing can be enjoyed at the Dry Hill Ski Area. The Thompson Park Conservancy and Zoo is also nearby. White river rafting on the Hudson River is a popular activity among the residents of Fort Drum.

Fort Drum Transportation

Air transportation is available from Wheeler - Sack AAF Airport.

Fort Drum Higher Education

Opportunities for higher studies are offered by SUNY College at Potsdam, Clarkson University and Jefferson Community College.

Demographics

People

Total Population13,500
Male Share of the Population62%
Female Share of the Population38%
Senior Citizens0.1%
Employed Population 16+7,288
Age of the Population22

Families

% of people married55.3%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher24.5%
Median Earnings25+$34,783
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,215
Median Earnings With High School Degree$28,063

Wealth

Median Family Income$42,298
% Above Poverty Level87%
% Below Poverty Level13%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time9 minutes
% Working from Home6%
% Walking and Biking to Work28.5%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone10.2%
Median Gross Rent$1,379
Median House Value$0

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)44.3%
German18.4%
Irish12.5%
Italian7.1%
Polish3.8%
English3.8%
French Except Basque2.8%
Scottish1.7%
Hungarian1.6%
Dutch1.5%
African1.5%
Greek1.2%
West Indian1.2%
Jamaican0.9%
Ukrainian0.8%
Canadian0.7%
Welsh0.7%
Swedish0.6%
Norwegian0.5%
Portuguese0.5%
Albanian0.4%
Russian0.4%
Nigerian0.3%
Ugandan0.3%
South African0.2%
Danishn0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Arab0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
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Fort Drum Almanac

CategoryValue
County Jefferson County
Standard Zip Codes13602, 13603
Phone Area Codes315
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude44.07
Approximate Longitude-75.78

Fort Drum Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationWATERTOWN
Distance7.7 miles
Jan Temp9 to 28 F
Apr Temp35 to 53 F
Jul Temp61 to 79 F
Oct Temp39 to 57 F
Annual Precip42.5 inches
StationWATERTOWN AP
Distance13.5 miles
Jan Temp8 to 30 F
Apr Temp32 to 55 F
Jul Temp57 to 80 F
Oct Temp37 to 59 F
Annual Precip34.7 inches
StationSTILLWATER RESERVOIR
Distance37.3 miles
Jan Temp2 to 24 F
Apr Temp28 to 49 F
Jul Temp55 to 74 F
Oct Temp35 to 53 F
Annual Precip49.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Black River1,245$78,289
Calcium4,225$50,563
Deferiet341$53,750
Evans Mills467$64,750
Great Bend925$0
Herrings77$59,000
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