Overview

The City of Plattsburgh is located at the mouth of the Saranac River on the western shore of Lake Champlain. It is situated 150 miles north of Albany, New York, 63 miles south of Montreal, Canada and 17 miles northwest of Burlington, Vermont. Plattsburgh is rich in history owing to its strategic location on Lake Champlain. Besides the lake's significant recreational opportunities including boating and fishing, Plattsburgh is an eastern gateway to the enormous Adirondack Park with its hiking, camping, skiing and myriad of wilderness activities.

History

In 1766 a grant of some 30,000 acres near the mouth of the Saranac River to Count Charles de Fredenburgh brought the first settlement to the area. The American Revolution forced de Fredenburgh to flee to Canada. Lake Champlain's strategic location as a gateway from Canada to the middle of the colonies put it at the center of several conflicts including the seizure of Fort Ticonderoga, the Battle of Lake Champlain at Valcour Island and General John Burgoyne's encampment on Cumberland Head as he moved south down the lakes to Crown Point, Ticonderoga and ultimate defeat at Saratoga.

Settlement of the region became rapid and permanent following the American Revolution . The rights to the old Fredenburgh grant were purchased in 1784 by Zepheniah Platt and others. Plattsburgh was founded in 1785, and by 1810 the population had increased to 3,112 individuals.

At the outbreak of the War of 1812, Lake Champlain's importance again came to the fore as an invasion route from Canada to strike into the heart of the U.S. and split the country in two. On September 11, 1814. Plattsburgh Bay was the site of a battle that changed the course of the war when a fleet under the command of Commodore Thomas Macdonough defeated the larger and better armed British fleet under the command of Captain G. Downey. With the loss of the British fleet, the invasion force of at least 11,000 well-appointed British troops commanded by the Governor-general of Lower Canada, Sir George Prevost, withdrew back to Canada.

Plattsburgh continued to grow throughout the 19th century, becoming a transportation and manufacturing center for the region. Following the Battle of Plattsburgh, the Plattsburgh Barracks army base was established and operated continuously until the late 1990s when Plattsburgh Air Force Base was closed by the government.

College Community

In 1889, the New York Legislature authorized establishment of Plattsburgh Normal School as a training school for teachers and nurses. In 1948 it was renamed SUNY Plattsburgh when it joined the State University of New York system. Plattsburgh State University remains an integral part of the Plattsburgh community to this day with an undergraduate enrollment of 5,400. The Plattsburgh area is also home to Clinton Community College offering two-year degrees and certificates in a variety of programs.

Economic Growth

Economic growth in the Plattsburgh area has become more focused on the city's location as one of the prime gateways between the U.S. and Canada and the Quebec-New York Corridor. The region is attracting growing numbers of manufacturers, assembly operations, distribution services and warehouses, particularly with companies looking to bridge the U.S.-Canada connection.

Demographics

People

Total Population19,734
Male Share of the Population48.4%
Female Share of the Population51.6%
Senior Citizens14.8%
Employed Population 16+8,950
Age of the Population28

Families

% of people married28.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher31.3%
Median Earnings25+$35,494
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$30,292
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,288

Wealth

Median Family Income$60,967
% Above Poverty Level75.7%
% Below Poverty Level24.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time14 minutes
% Working from Home2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work11%
% Using Public Transportation2.1%

Housing

People Living Alone35.9%
Median Gross Rent$778
Median House Value$148,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)19.4%
Irish18.8%
French Except Basque16.5%
Italian9.6%
English9%
Canadian6.7%
Polish2.3%
Scottish2.1%
Russian1.2%
Hungarian0.9%
Portuguese0.8%
Greek0.7%
African0.6%
Swedish0.5%
Welsh0.4%
West Indian0.4%
Dutch0.4%
Austrian0.4%
Arab0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Belgian0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Czech0.3%
Haitian0.2%
Jamaican0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
US/American0.2%
Guyanese0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
Belizean0.1%
Australian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
German0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Swiss0.1%
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Plattsburgh Almanac

CategoryValue
County Clinton County
Standard Zip Codes12901, 12903
Phone Area Codes518
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude44.7
Approximate Longitude-73.47

Plattsburgh Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationPLATTSBURGH AFB
Distance3.5 miles
Jan Temp8 to 26 F
Apr Temp34 to 53 F
Jul Temp60 to 80 F
Oct Temp38 to 56 F
Annual Precip34.4 inches
StationCHAZY
Distance12.8 miles
Jan Temp5 to 27 F
Apr Temp32 to 54 F
Jul Temp58 to 80 F
Oct Temp37 to 57 F
Annual Precip30.2 inches
StationST ALBANS RADIO
Distance19.9 miles
Jan Temp6 to 25 F
Apr Temp33 to 51 F
Jul Temp60 to 79 F
Oct Temp38 to 56 F
Annual Precip36 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Keeseville2,987$52,448
Morrisonville1,338$67,596

Plattsburgh Public Libraries

Plattsburgh Public Library
19 OAK STREET
Plattsburgh, New York
(518) 563-0921

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Plattsburgh Hospitals

Champlain Valley
(Non-profit)
75 Beekman St
(518) 561-2000

Plattsburgh Public Schools

Arthur P Momot Elementary School
60 Monty St
ZIP: 12901
(518) 563-1140
Primary
Total Enrollment 453
Bailey Avenue School
50 Bailey Ave
ZIP: 12901
(518) 563-2410
Primary
Total Enrollment 255
Clinton County Sheriffs Department
25 Mccarthy Ave
ZIP: 12901
(518) 324-2999
Other
Total Enrollment 10
Clinton-essex-warren-washington Boces
1585 Military Turnpike
ZIP: 12901
(518) 536-7340
Other
Total Enrollment 171
Oak Street School
108 Oak St
ZIP: 12901
(518) 563-4950
Primary
Total Enrollment 222
Plattsburgh Senior High School
1 Clifford Dr
ZIP: 12901
(518) 561-7500
High
Total Enrollment 553
Stafford Middle School
15 Broad St
ZIP: 12901
(518) 563-6800
Middle
Total Enrollment 372

Plattsburgh Private Schools

Lakeshore Christian School
4635 State Route 9
ZIP: 12901
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 17
New Life Christian Academy
164 Prospect Ave
ZIP: 12901
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 18
Seton Academy
23 St Charles St
ZIP: 12901
Elementary
Total Enrollment 180
Seton Catholic Central
206 New York Rd
ZIP: 12903
Secondary
Total Enrollment 144
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Fouquet House and D. & H. R.R. station c1904.

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Fouquet House and D. & H. R.R. station c1904.

Fouquet House and D. & H. R.R. Delaware & Hudson Railroad station c1904.

Court House and park c1904.

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