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Tupper Lake is a village in Franklin County, New Yorkmarker. The population was 3,935 at the 2000 census. The village takes its name from a nearby lake, which, in turn, is the name of a surveyor (Ansel Norton Tupper) who drowned there while fishing.

The Village of Tupper Lake is in the Town of Tupper Lakemarker. The town and the village are in the southwest part of the county.

Tupper Lake is home to the Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks, which is nicknamed and marketed as "The Wild Center".


Settlement began around 1844. The village was settled during the town's lumber production period and grew after it gained railroad service. The early village was composed of two parts, Tupper Lake proper and Faust. The town for a time held the distinction as the top lumber producer in New York State.

The great fire of 1899 burned more than 169 structures in the village, two-thirds of them homes.The modern village grew out of this destruction and added all the amenities of a modern community earlier than others in the state. Tupper had its own department store and Synagogue, and its sprawling railway yards, driven by the lumber trade, made it a hub for the surrounding Adirondack communities.


Tupper Lake is located at .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.6 km²), all of it land.

Tupper Lake, NY village

New York State Route 3 and New York State Route 30 intersect at the village.

The Raquette River flows past the south side of the village.


As of the census of 2000, there were 3,935 people, 1,684 households, and 988 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,212.7 people per square mile (853.5/km²). There were 1,839 housing units at an average density of 1,034.1/sq mi (398.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.89% White, 0.76% African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.10% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.51% of the population.

There were 1,684 households out of which 31.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.1% were married couples living together, 13.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.3% were non-families. 34.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the village the population was spread out with 26.5% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64, and 17.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.1 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $31,654, and the median income for a family was $40,152. Males had a median income of $30,169 versus $24,273 for females. The per capita income for the village was $15,567. About 7.7% of families and 11.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.0% of those under age 18 and 12.7% of those age 65 or over.

Tupper Lake High School is the home of the Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks. Their mascot is a bearded Lumberjack wearing a black and red flannel shirt and black pants with suspenders holding an axe. The school colors are red and black.


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