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Overview

Introduction to Schenectady, New York

Schenectady, New York, in Schenectady county, is 143 miles N of New York, New York. The city is in the Albany-Schenectady-Troy area.

Schenectady History

Schenectady was originally inhabited by Mohawk Indians. They called the settlement "Schau-naugh-ta-da," which meant "over the pine plains." It was first settled in by Europeans in 1661 and was incorporated as a borough in 1765. In 1798 it was reincorporated as a city. The city is also home to Union College, which was founded in 1795. As a reference to two of its prominent businesses, Schenectady was once referred to as "The City that Lights and Hauls the World."

Schenectady and nearby Attractions

  • Schenectady Museum and Planetarium
  • Central Park Rose Garden
  • Schenectady County Historical Society Museum
  • Scotia - Glenville Children's Museum
  • Thompson's Lake State Park
  • Berkshire Botanical Garden

Things To Do In Schenectady

During your stay in Schenectady, you can visit the Carrie Street Park, Fairview Park, Jerry Burrell Park, Michigan Avenue Park, South Avenue Park, Steinmetz Park, Kailberg Park, Woodlawn Park and Wallingford Park. The Central Park Rose Garden is an ideal place to spend a relaxing day. Golfers can enjoy the facilities offered by the Whispering Pines Golf Course and the Schenectady Municipal Golf Course. The Empire State Aerosciences Museum, Schenectady Museum and the Schenectady County Historical Society Museum are also popular local spots.

Schenectady Transportation

Albany International is the nearest major airport.

Schenectady Higher Education

Schenectady County Community College, Spencer Business and Technical Institute and Union College are some of the local colleges.

Demographics

People

Total Population65,554
Male Share of the Population48.6%
Female Share of the Population51.4%
Senior Citizens13%
Employed Population 16+28,668
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married33%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher21.1%
Median Earnings25+$30,339
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,078
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,313

Wealth

Median Family Income$54,421
% Above Poverty Level78.9%
% Below Poverty Level21.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time24 minutes
% Working from Home2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work5.8%
% Using Public Transportation9.6%

Housing

People Living Alone41.8%
Median Gross Rent$815
Median House Value$112,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)36.3%
Italian13.2%
Irish11.7%
German9.8%
Polish5.8%
English5.5%
Guyanese5.4%
French Except Basque4.9%
West Indian2.1%
Dutch1.9%
African1.7%
Canadian1%
Scottish0.9%
Russian0.8%
Jamaican0.5%
Welsh0.5%
Swedish0.4%
Sudanese0.4%
Arab0.4%
Czech0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Ukrainian0.4%
Danishn0.3%
Norwegian0.3%
Haitian0.3%
Lithuanian0.3%
Afghan)0.3%
Nigerian0.2%
Bulgarian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Greek0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Belizean0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Jordanian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Ghanaian0.1%
Liberian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
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Schenectady Almanac

CategoryValue
County Schenectady County
Standard Zip Codes12303, 12304, 12305, 12307, 12308, 12306, 12309, 12302, 12008
P.O. Box Zip Codes12301, 12325
Company Zip Codes12345
Phone Area Codes518
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.8
Approximate Longitude-73.92

Schenectady Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationALBANY INTL AP
Distance8.4 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
StationSARATOGA SPRINGS 4 SW
Distance16.4 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
StationGRAFTON
Distance24.1 miles
Jan Temp13 to 29 F
Apr Temp34 to 54 F
Jul Temp58 to 78 F
Oct Temp39 to 57 F
Annual Precip46.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Clifton Park37,001$113,902
Colonie82,893$91,276
East Glenville6,587$93,505
Niskayuna22,177$114,325
Rotterdam29,264$80,262
Scotia7,732$75,747

Schenectady Public Libraries

Schenectady County Public Library
99 CLINTON STREET
Schenectady, New York
(518) 388-4500

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Schenectady Hospitals

Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital
(Non-profit)
1270 Belmont Ave
(518) 382-4500
Ellis Hospital
1101 Nott Street
Ellis Health Center
(Non-profit)
600 Mcclellan St
(518) 382-2000

Schenectady Public Schools

Draper Middle School
2070 Curry Rd
ZIP: 12303
(518) 356-8350
Middle
Total Enrollment 643
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Elementary School
570 Lansing St
ZIP: 12303
(518) 881-3970
Primary
Total Enrollment 115
Hamilton Elementary School
1091 Webster St
ZIP: 12303
(518) 881-3720
Primary
Total Enrollment 488
Herman L Bradt Elementary School
2719 Hamburg St
ZIP: 12303
(518) 356-8400
Primary
Total Enrollment 625
Lynnwood Elementary School
8 Regina Dr
ZIP: 12303
(518) 355-7930
Primary
Total Enrollment 400
Mohonasen Senior High School
2072 Curry Rd
ZIP: 12303
(518) 356-8300
High
Total Enrollment 957
Mont Pleasant Middle School
1121 Forest Rd
ZIP: 12303
(518) 370-8160
Middle
Total Enrollment 725
Pine Bush Elementary School
3437 Carman Rd
ZIP: 12303
(518) 357-2770
Primary
Total Enrollment 388
Pinewood Elementary School
901 Kings Rd
ZIP: 12303
(518) 356-8430
Primary
Total Enrollment 553
Pleasant Valley School
1097 Forest Rd
ZIP: 12303
(518) 881-3640
Primary
Total Enrollment 524
Central Park International Magnet School
421 Elm St
ZIP: 12304
(518) 370-8250
Primary
Total Enrollment 692
Lincoln School
2 Robinson St
ZIP: 12304
(518) 370-8355
Primary
Total Enrollment 304
Paige School
104 Elliott Ave
ZIP: 12304
(518) 370-8300
Primary
Total Enrollment 464
William C Keane Elementary School
1252 Albany Ave
ZIP: 12304
(518) 881-3960
Primary
Total Enrollment 368
Woodlawn School
3311 Wells Ave
ZIP: 12304
(518) 370-8280
Primary
Total Enrollment 519
Fulton Early Childhood Center
408 Eleanor St
ZIP: 12306
(518) 881-3980
Primary
Total Enrollment 238
Jefferson Elementary School
100 Princetown Rd
ZIP: 12306
(518) 355-1342
Primary
Total Enrollment 595
Schalmont High School
1 Sabre Dr
ZIP: 12306
(518) 355-6110
High
Total Enrollment 608
Schalmont Middle School
2 Sabre Dr
ZIP: 12306
(518) 355-6110
Middle
Total Enrollment 598
Van Corlaer School
2310 Guilderland Ave
ZIP: 12306
(518) 370-8270
Primary
Total Enrollment 488
Martin Luther King School
918 Stanley St
ZIP: 12307
(518) 370-8360
Primary
Total Enrollment 650
Elmer Avenue School
90 Elmer Ave
ZIP: 12308
(518) 370-8310
Primary
Total Enrollment 381
Jessie T Zoller School
1880 Lancaster St
ZIP: 12308
(518) 370-8290
Primary
Total Enrollment 462
Schenectady High School
1445 The Plaza
ZIP: 12308
(518) 881-2044
High
Total Enrollment 2690
Yates School
725 Salina St
ZIP: 12308
(518) 370-8320
Primary
Total Enrollment 323
Birchwood Elementary School
897 Birchwood Ln
ZIP: 12309
(518) 344-2910
Primary
Total Enrollment 268
Craig Elementary School
2566 Balltown Rd
ZIP: 12309
(518) 377-0156
Primary
Total Enrollment 411
Hillside School
1100 Cornelius Ave
ZIP: 12309
(518) 377-1856
Primary
Total Enrollment 358
Howe Early Childhood Educational Center
1065 Baker Ave
ZIP: 12309
(518) 370-8295
Primary
Total Enrollment 302
Iroquois Middle School
2495 Rosendale Rd
ZIP: 12309
(518) 377-2233
Middle
Total Enrollment 597
Niskayuna High School
1626 Balltown Rd
ZIP: 12309
(518) 382-2511
High
Total Enrollment 1370
Rosendale School
2445 Rosendale Rd
ZIP: 12309
(518) 377-3123
Primary
Total Enrollment 336
Van Antwerp Middle School
2253 Story Ave
ZIP: 12309
(518) 370-1243
Middle
Total Enrollment 408

Schenectady Private Schools

St Madeleine Sophie School
3510 Carman Rd
ZIP: 12303
Elementary
Total Enrollment 94
Wildwood School
2995 Curry Rd Ext
ZIP: 12303
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 216
Annur Islamic School
2195 Central Ave
ZIP: 12304
Elementary
Total Enrollment 115
Brown School
150 Corlaer Ave
ZIP: 12304
Elementary
Total Enrollment 127
Northeast Parent & Child Society
1821 Hamburg St
ZIP: 12304
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 157
Notre Dame-bishop Gibbons School
2600 Albany St
ZIP: 12304
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 301
St John The Evangelist
806 Union St
ZIP: 12308
Elementary
Total Enrollment 88
Kindercare Learning Center-#1664
1440 Balltown Rd
ZIP: 12309
Elementary
Total Enrollment 9
Riverrun Community Montessori
2117 Union St
ZIP: 12309
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
St Helens School
1801 Union St
ZIP: 12309
Elementary
Total Enrollment 164
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