- Potsdam (village), New York
official_name = Potsdam, New York
settlement_type = Village
motto = Si vis pacem para bellum
image_caption = Clarkson U., Bertrand H. Snell Hall
pushpin_map_caption =Location within the state of New York
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = St. Lawrence
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 12.6
area_land_km2 = 11.4
area_water_km2 = 1.2
area_total_sq_mi = 4.8
area_land_sq_mi = 4.4
area_water_sq_mi = 0.5
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 9425
population_density_km2 = 829.4
population_density_sq_mi = 2148.2
timezone = Eastern (EST)
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
elevation_m = 132
elevation_ft = 433
latd = 44 |latm = 40 |lats = 15 |latNS = N
longd = 74 |longm = 59 |longs = 3 |longEW = W
The Village of Potsdam is in the eastern part of the town and is northeast of Canton, the county seat.
The village is the locale of
Clarkson Universityas well as State University of New York at Potsdam.
The village was formerly a community of the St. Regis Indians. The early European settlers arrived at that location around 1803.
The village was incorporated in
1831. In 1841, the village charter was amended to increase the size of the village.
Potsdam is located at coor dms|44|40|15|N|74|59|3|W|city (44.670873, -74.984281)GR|1.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 4.8 square miles (12.6 km²), of which, 4.4 square miles (11.4 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.2 km²) of it (9.48%) is water.
The village is on the banks of the
US Route 11 passes through the village from east to west, and
New York State Route 56passes through from north to south. New York State Route 11Benters from the east, and New York State Route 345enters from the northwest.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 9,425 people, 2,543 households, and 1,040 families residing in the village. The population densitywas 2,148.2 people per square mile (828.9/km²). There were 2,705 housing units at an average density of 616.5/sq mi (237.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 91.60% White, 2.50% Black or African American, 0.36% Native American, 3.88% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.53% from other races, and 1.11% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.75% of the population.
There were 2,543 households out of which 21.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 28.5% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 59.1% were non-families. 40.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.90.
In the village the population was spread out with 11.3% under the age of 18, 56.2% from 18 to 24, 14.1% from 25 to 44, 9.4% from 45 to 64, and 9.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 22 years. For every 100 females there were 110.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 109.8 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $21,273, and the median income for a family was $37,933. Males had a median income of $31,610 versus $24,324 for females. The
per capita incomefor the village was $10,824. About 18.2% of families and 34.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.8% of those under age 18 and 13.8% of those age 65 or over.
* [http://www.vi.potsdam.ny.us/ Village's website]
* [http://www.discoverpotsdam.com Discover Potsdam]
* [http://history.rays-place.com/ny/potsdam-1-ny.htm Potsdam area early history]
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