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Overview

Introduction to Rotterdam, New York

Rotterdam, New York, in Schenectady county, is 2 miles SW of Schenectady, New York and 141 miles N of New York, New York. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Albany-Schenectady-Troy metropolitan area with. Rotterdam's population is approximately 20,535.

Rotterdam History

The present day Town of Rotterdam was first settled in by Dutch settlers in the 1660s. It was established on April 14, 1820 and named after the city of Rotterdam, Netherlands. In the mid 1800s, the town boomed as one of the major corn industries. Development of the area also boomed after the Erie Canal was opened in the mid 1820s.

Rotterdam and nearby Attractions

  • Scotia - Glenville Children's Museum
  • Central Park Rose Garden
  • Schenectady Museum and Planetarium
  • Saratoga Spa State Park
  • Empire State Aerosciences Museum
  • John Boyd Thacher State Park

Things To Do In Rotterdam

Rotterdam offers opportunities to indulge in a variety of recreational activities. You can visit the Poutre Park, Carman Park, Peebles Island State Park and the Saratoga Spa State Park during your leisure hours. Golfers can enjoy a round at the Schenectady Municipal Golf Course or the Whispering Pines Golf Course. Regular concerts and plays are also performed at Proctor's Theater. The Schenectady County Historical Society Museum, Empire State Aerosciences Museum and the Schenectady Museum and Planetarium are all also close by.

Rotterdam Transportation

Regular flights are available from Albany International Airport.

Rotterdam Higher Education

Schenectady County Community College, Excelsior College and Union College are some of the nearby institutes of higher education.

People

Total Population 29,174
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 17.3%
Employed Population 16+ 14,557
Age of the Population 42

Families

% of people married 47.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 25%
Median Earnings25+ $40,940
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,893
Median Earnings With High School Degree $33,725

Wealth

Median Family Income $80,301
% Above Poverty Level 94%
% Below Poverty Level 6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 30.2%
Median Gross Rent $919
Median House Value $166,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.5%
US/American 0.2%
English 8.8%
Irish 23.3%

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

Rotterdam Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles SW of Schenectady, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 141 miles N of New York, New York
County Schenectady
Metro Area Albany - Schenectady - Troy
Standard Zip Codes 12306
Phone Area Codes 518
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.786
Longitude -73.971

Rotterdam Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station ALBANY INTL AP
Distance 9.1 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
Station SARATOGA SPRINGS 4 SW
Distance 18.8 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
Station COBLESKILL 2 ESE
Distance 24.9 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 30 F
Apr Temp 33 to 54 F
Jul Temp 59 to 80 F
Oct Temp 38 to 59 F
Annual Precip 35.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Rotterdam, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bellevue (12306)

Lower Rotterdam (12306)

Rotterdam Square Branch (12306)

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 1,610 $107,500
East Glenville 6,621 $91,296
Niskayuna 22,050 $113,320

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

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