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Overview

Introduction to Saranac Lake, New York

Saranac Lake, New York, in Franklin county, is 101 miles NE of Utica, New York (center to center) and 206 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts.

Saranac Lake History

Saranac Lake was settled in 1819 by Jacob Smith Moody. A logging facility and sawmill were established in 1827, by Alric Bushnell and Pliny Miller. The first school was built in 1838, and telephone service was introduced in 1884. The Village of Saranac Lake was incorporated on June 16th, 1892. The first village president, Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau, founded the Adirondack Cottage Sanitarium in this area in 1884.

Saranac Lake and Nearby Attractions

  • Mount Pisgah Ski Area
  • Charles Dickert Wildlife Museum
  • John Brown Farm State Historic Site
  • Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Cottage
  • High Falls Gorge

Things To Do In Saranac Lake

Exhibits in the Adirondack Museum reflect the historical and cultural background of the area. The New York Times named this museum as "the best of its kind in the world". The Charles Dickert Wildlife Museum, and Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Cottage are also nearby. Opportunities to play golf are available at the Saranac Lake Golf Course. The High Falls Gorge offers self guided scenic tours, snowboard rentals, and ski rentals. Residents of the community also host the annual Winter Carnival in February.

Saranac Lake Transportation

The closest major airport is Massena International Airport - Richards Field.

Saranac Lake Higher Education

North Country Community College is located in Saranac Lake. Among the nearby colleges are SUNY College at Plattsburgh, Clarkson University, and Adirondack Community College.

Demographics

People

Total Population5,569
Male Share of the Population49.1%
Female Share of the Population50.9%
Senior Citizens19.6%
Employed Population 16+2,402
Age of the Population43

Families

% of people married43.4%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher30.1%
Median Earnings25+$31,730
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$30,767
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,423

Wealth

Median Family Income$60,882
% Above Poverty Level80%
% Below Poverty Level20%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home6.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work13.2%
% Using Public Transportation2.1%

Housing

People Living Alone41.6%
Median Gross Rent$687
Median House Value$148,500

Ancestry

Irish27.8%
French Except Basque12.6%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)12.3%
German11.1%
English11%
Italian6.7%
Welsh4.5%
Dutch4.4%
Canadian3.7%
Polish3.2%
Norwegian2%
Scottish1.2%
Ukrainian1.1%
Macedonian0.9%
Swedish0.8%
Swiss0.8%
Russian0.7%
Romanian0.6%
Iranian0.5%
Bulgarian0.3%
Greek0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Finnish0.2%
Czech0.2%
Slovak0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
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Saranac Lake Almanac

CategoryValue
County Franklin County
Standard Zip Codes12983
Phone Area Codes518
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude44.32
Approximate Longitude-74.13

Saranac Lake Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationRAY BROOK
Distance2.6 miles
Jan Temp3 to 26 F
Apr Temp27 to 51 F
Jul Temp52 to 78 F
Oct Temp33 to 55 F
Annual Precip39.8 inches
StationLAKE PLACID 2 S
Distance9.2 miles
Jan Temp5 to 27 F
Apr Temp28 to 52 F
Jul Temp53 to 78 F
Oct Temp34 to 56 F
Annual Precip39.8 inches
StationNEWCOMB
Distance25.2 miles
Jan Temp2 to 24 F
Apr Temp28 to 49 F
Jul Temp53 to 76 F
Oct Temp33 to 54 F
Annual Precip42.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Au Sable Forks426$61,154
Lake Placid2,639$62,470
Tupper Lake3,523$59,265

Saranac Lake Public Libraries

Saranac Lake Free Library
109 MAIN STREET
Saranac Lake, New York
(518) 891-4190

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Saranac Lake Hospitals

Adirondack Medical Center
(Non-profit)
2233 State Route 86
(518) 891-4141

Saranac Lake Public Schools

Bloomingdale School
79 Canaras Ave
ZIP: 12983
(518) 891-3198
Primary
Total Enrollment 176
Petrova Elementary School
79 Canaras Ave
ZIP: 12983
(518) 891-4221
Primary
Total Enrollment 362
Saranac Lake Middle School
79 Canaras Ave
ZIP: 12983
(518) 891-4221
Middle
Total Enrollment 288
Saranac Lake Senior High School
79 Canaras Ave
ZIP: 12983
(518) 891-4450
High
Total Enrollment 419

Saranac Lake Private Schools

Northern Lights School
57 Church St
ZIP: 12983
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
St Bernards School
63 River St
ZIP: 12983
Elementary
Total Enrollment 49
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Historic Saranac Lake

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Central station (Saranac Lake, Adirondack Mts) c1909.

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Central station (Saranac Lake, Adirondack Mts) c1909.

Saranac Lake (central station, Adirondacks) between 1905 and 1920

Street view (looking west) c1906.

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