Potsdam is a village located in the Town of Potsdam in St. Lawrence
The population was 9,425 at the 2000
Village of Potsdam is in the eastern part of the
town and is northeast of Canton, the county seat.
village is the locale of the State
University of New York at Potsdam and Clarkson University.
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 (44.670873, -74.984281) .
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the village has a total area of
4.8 square miles
), 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 Raquette River
US Route 11
passes through the
village from east to west, and New York State Route 56
through from north to south. New York State Route 11B
from the east, and New York
State Route 345
enters from the northwest.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 9,425
people, 2,543 households, and 1,040 families residing in the
village. The population density
was 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
, 0.01% Pacific Islander
, 0.53% from
, and 1.11%
from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 1.75% of the
SUNY Potsdam's Satterlee Hall
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 income
for 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.