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Potsdam, New York - Basic Facts

The Village of Potsdam had a population of 9,559 as of July 1, 2018.

The primary coordinate point for Potsdam is located at latitude 44.6692 and longitude -74.9859 in St. Lawrence County. The formal boundaries for the Village of Potsdam (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.45 sq. miles and a water area of 0.5 sq. miles. St. Lawrence County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 433 feet.

The Village of Potsdam (GNIS ID: 2391082) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Village of Potsdam is located within Town of Potsdam, a minor civil division (MCD) of St. Lawrence County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Potsdam population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2018.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Potsdam: Te-wa-ten-e-ta-ren-ies, Tsi Tewate'nehtararénie's.

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Potsdam, NY Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 9,559
Population in Households 5,005
Population in Familes 2,778
Population in Group Qrtrs 4,554
Population Density2 2,150
Diversity Index3 30


Median Household Income $36,196
Average Household Income $54,890
Per Capita Income $15,049


Total Housing Units 2,608 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,030 (39.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,328 (50.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 251 ( 9.6%)
Median Home Value $123,626
Average Home Value $160,400


Total Households 2,357
Average Household Size 2.12
Family Households 953
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.17% -0.21%
Households -0.43% -0.45%
Families 0.74% -0.66%
Median Household Income   3.31%
Per Capita Income   2.46%

Potsdam, NY - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Potsdam to the other 1,196 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New York by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 200 83rd
Population Density # 404 66th
Diversity Index # 485 60th
Median Household Income # 1166 3rd
Per Capita Income # 1187 1st

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