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Overview

Saratoga Springs, New York

Saratoga Springs is located in Saratoga County in upstate New York. The city is well known as being home to the Saratoga Race Course. Saratoga Springs is also recognized for its active night life. Saratoga Lake is situated southeast of Saratoga Springs.

History

A British war hero of the French and Indian Wars named Sir William Johnson along with native companions traveled to the area in 1767. Their goal was to take advantage of the medicinal properties found in a local spring to treat wounds that occurred during battles. The spring now has the name "High Rock Spring." The area was settled in 1776 and became popular with tourists. Hotels were constructed in the area including a hotel built by Revolutionary War hero Gideon Putnam.

Saratoga Springs was established as a city in 1915, originally formed from part of the Town of Saratoga, which still exists today as a separate municipality. During the 19th century the area's fame as a city of spas significantly increased. In order to accommodate the substantial increase in tourists, more hotels were built including the huge Grand Union Hotel. The well known Battle of Saratoga which historians consider a major turning point during the Revolutionary War actually occurred on a battlefield approximately 15 miles away in a town named Stillwater.

Transportation

The major airport serving Saratoga Springs is the Albany International Airport. The Saratoga County Airport is located in neighboring Ballston Spa, but the nearest airport with common carrier service is Albany. Amtrak offers rail transport to the city.

Attractions

The Saratoga Race Course is recognized as the oldest continually operated thoroughbred horse racing course in the country and holds one of the most prestigious racing meets for six weeks from the end of July to Labor Day. The track hosts the prominent Travers Stakes also known as the Midsummer Derby. During the month of August, tens of thousands flock to the track and in the evening the streets of the city teem with restaurant and club goers.

The city is also home to Saratoga Raceway, a separate, smaller race track facility for harness racing which generally operates in the evenings for several months of the year. A casino (also known as the racino) has recently been added to the grounds and houses over 1000 video gaming machines.

Saratoga Spa State Park is situated on more than 2,000 acres. The park is very popular with tourists. The Saratoga Spa State Park includes mineral springs, a spa, automobile museum, reflecting pools,a golf course and other attractions. Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), located on the grounds of the park, is the summer home of the New York City Ballet and also hosts top tier symphony and popular music concerts.

Just thirty minutes north of Saratoga lies beautiful Lake George and the Adirondack Mountains.

A large collection of golf courses is located in the area which includes the prestigious Saratoga National Golf Club and Airway Meadows. There are numerous other attractions in the area including:

  • More than ten museums including three national museums
  • Numerous natural mineral springs
  • Treatments at local spas
  • Saratoga Springs History Museum
  • Saratoga Performing Arts Center
  • New York State Military Museum
  • Yaddo Gardens
  • Roosevelt Mineral Baths
  • Saratoga Lake
  • Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Higher Education

Saratoga Springs is home to Skidmore College. The college was established in 1903 and it's recognized as a liberal arts college. The college is known for emphasizing creativity and experimentation in the learning process.

Demographics

People

Total Population27,682
Male Share of the Population49.2%
Female Share of the Population50.8%
Senior Citizens18.9%
Employed Population 16+14,072
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married44.1%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher55.2%
Median Earnings25+$51,706
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$14,674
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,327

Wealth

Median Family Income$102,733
% Above Poverty Level93.2%
% Below Poverty Level6.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home12%
% Walking and Biking to Work8.2%
% Using Public Transportation1.4%

Housing

People Living Alone37.7%
Median Gross Rent$1,089
Median House Value$343,200

Ancestry

Irish26.7%
Italian18.8%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)14.1%
English12.6%
Polish6.4%
French Except Basque4.9%
Russian4.6%
Scottish3.2%
Dutch1.8%
Swedish1.2%
Canadian1%
Welsh0.9%
Norwegian0.9%
Austrian0.8%
African0.7%
Czech0.7%
Danishn0.7%
Israeli0.6%
Greek0.6%
Arab0.5%
Hungarian0.5%
Ukrainian0.5%
Slovak0.4%
West Indian0.3%
Lithuanian0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Finnish0.3%
Turkish0.2%
Palestinian0.2%
Jamaican0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Belgian0.1%
Bahamian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
German0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
Sierra Leone0.1%
South African0.1%
Serbian0.1%
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Saratoga Springs Almanac

CategoryValue
County Saratoga County
Standard Zip Codes12866
Phone Area Codes518
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude43.06
Approximate Longitude-73.77

Saratoga Springs Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationSARATOGA SPRINGS 4 SW
Distance3.8 miles
Jan Temp12 to 30 F
Apr Temp35 to 59 F
Jul Temp59 to 83 F
Oct Temp38 to 60 F
Annual Precip43.3 inches
StationCONKLINGVILLE DAM
Distance17.8 miles
Jan Temp8 to 29 F
Apr Temp32 to 53 F
Jul Temp58 to 79 F
Oct Temp37 to 58 F
Annual Precip46.5 inches
StationALBANY INTL AP
Distance23.1 miles
Jan Temp13 to 31 F
Apr Temp36 to 57 F
Jul Temp60 to 82 F
Oct Temp39 to 60 F
Annual Precip38.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Ballston Spa5,278$76,219
Round Lake631$94,792
Schuylerville1,567$70,833

Saratoga Springs Public Libraries

Saratoga Springs Public Library
49 HENRY STREET
Saratoga Springs, New York
(518) 584-7860

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Saratoga Springs Public Schools

Caroline Street Elementary School
310 Caroline St
ZIP: 12866
(518) 584-7612
Primary
Total Enrollment 411
Division Street Elementary School
220 Division St
ZIP: 12866
(518) 583-4794
Primary
Total Enrollment 364
Dorothy Nolan Elementary School
221 Jones Rd
ZIP: 12866
(518) 584-7383
Primary
Total Enrollment 795
Geyser Road Elementary School
61 Geyser Rd
ZIP: 12866
(518) 584-7699
Primary
Total Enrollment 390
Lake Avenue Elementary School
126 Lake Ave
ZIP: 12866
(518) 584-3678
Primary
Total Enrollment 399
Maple Avenue Middle School
515 Maple Ave
ZIP: 12866
(518) 587-4551
Middle
Total Enrollment 1591
Saratoga Springs High School
1 Blue Streak Blvd
ZIP: 12866
(518) 587-6690
High
Total Enrollment 2088

Saratoga Springs Private Schools

Saratoga Central Catholic High School
247 Broadway
ZIP: 12866
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 207
Saratoga Independent School
459 Lake Ave
ZIP: 12866
Elementary
Total Enrollment 40
St Clements Regional Catholic School
231 Lake Ave
ZIP: 12866
Elementary
Total Enrollment 218
Waldorf School Of Saratoga Springs
122 Regent St
ZIP: 12866
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 192
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Historic Saratoga Springs

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Atrium in the House of Pansa c1901.

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Atrium in the House of Pansa c1901.

Windsor Hotel between 1895 and 1910

The Trolley station between 1900 and 1910

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