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Overview

Introduction to Little Falls, New York

Little Falls, New York, in Herkimer county, is 19 miles E of Utica, New York (center to center) and 163 miles N of Newark, New Jersey. The city, which is part of the Utica - Rome metropolitan statistical area (MSA), has about 5,188 residents.

Little Falls History

The area was settled around 1723 when the necessity for a portage around the falls, led to the development of a trading center and eventually a settlement. This small community was destroyed in 1782 by the Indians and the Tories. It was settled again in 1790, and was known as "Rockton" and "Rock City". In 1792, the Western Inland Canal was constructed. The community was incorporated as the village of Little Falls in 1811, and in 1827, it was reincorporated, and was finally chartered as a city in 1895. The completion of the Erie Canal in 1825 led to the development of the area. During the later part of the 19th century, Little Falls was known as a major cheese center.

Little Falls and Nearby Attractions

  • Herkimer Home State Historic Site
  • Little Falls Historical Society Museum
  • Canajoharie Library & Art Gallery
  • Utica Zoo
  • Adirondack Park

Things To Do In Little Falls

The city of Little Falls is home to General Nicholas Herkimer's estate, which is now known as the Herkimer Home State Historic Site. The Little Falls Historical Society Museum, located in the city, features memorabilia, documents, photographs, maps, and other artifacts reflecting the historical and cultural heritage of the area. Canajoharie Library & Art Gallery showcases the work of artists like Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer, and Edward Hopper. The Adirondack Park, which occupies 6 million acres of land, is a popular destination in the area. The city also hosts the Canal Celebration, and Mohawk Valley Garlic & Herb Festival every year.

Little Falls Transportation

Albany International Airport is the closest major airport.

Little Falls Higher Education

Nearby colleges include the Herkimer County Community College, SUNY Institute of Technology, and Mohawk Valley Community College - Utica.

Demographics

People

Total Population4,819
Male Share of the Population49.4%
Female Share of the Population50.6%
Senior Citizens17.4%
Employed Population 16+1,908
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married37.4%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher23%
Median Earnings25+$31,419
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,182

Wealth

Median Family Income$52,400
% Above Poverty Level74%
% Below Poverty Level26%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home4%
% Walking and Biking to Work7.9%
% Using Public Transportation3.1%

Housing

People Living Alone36.1%
Median Gross Rent$593
Median House Value$79,500

Ancestry

Irish22.4%
German16.8%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)12.7%
Italian11.6%
Polish9.9%
English8.2%
Welsh4.6%
Czech2.2%
Canadian2.1%
Dutch2.1%
French Except Basque1.9%
Slovak1.7%
Scottish1.2%
Guyanese1.2%
Slovene1.2%
Ukrainian1%
Swedish0.8%
Norwegian0.6%
Russian0.5%
Latvian0.5%
Danishn0.4%
Hungarian0.3%
Austrian0.2%
West Indian0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Arab0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
African0.1%
Greek0.1%
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Little Falls Almanac

CategoryValue
County Herkimer County
Standard Zip Codes13365
Phone Area Codes315
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude43.04
Approximate Longitude-74.85

Little Falls Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationLITTLE FALLS MILL ST
Distance0.8 miles
Jan Temp14 to 31 F
Apr Temp36 to 58 F
Jul Temp61 to 84 F
Oct Temp41 to 63 F
Annual Precip42.8 inches
StationLITTLE FALLS CITY RSVR
Distance1.6 miles
Jan Temp9 to 26 F
Apr Temp32 to 52 F
Jul Temp57 to 80 F
Oct Temp36 to 57 F
Annual Precip42 inches
StationCHERRY VALLEY 2 NNE
Distance16.9 miles
Jan Temp12 to 29 F
Apr Temp33 to 53 F
Jul Temp58 to 78 F
Oct Temp38 to 58 F
Annual Precip45.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Dolgeville2,497$53,977
Herkimer9,976$56,526
Middleville553$78,750
Mohawk3,783$62,174
Salisbury2,251$50,231
St. Johnsville2,566$34,438

Little Falls Public Libraries

Little Falls Public Library
10 WAVERLY PLACE
Little Falls, New York
(315) 823-1542

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Little Falls Hospitals

Little Falls Hospital
(Non-profit)
140 Burwell St
(315) 823-1000

Little Falls Public Schools

Benton Hall Academy
1 Ward Sq
ZIP: 13365
(315) 823-1400
Primary
Total Enrollment 500
Little Falls High School
1 High School Rd
ZIP: 13365
(315) 823-1167
High
Total Enrollment 330
Little Falls Middle School
1 High School Rd
ZIP: 13365
(315) 823-4300
Middle
Total Enrollment 255

Little Falls Private Schools

Mohawk Valley Christian Academy
156 W Monroe St
ZIP: 13365
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 36
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Historic Little Falls

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Little Falls (New York Central trains passing, Mohawk Valley) c1890.

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Little Falls (New York Central trains passing, Mohawk Valley) c1890.

Falls between 1880 and 1897

The locks at Little Falls. between 1890 and 1897

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