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Potsdam, New York - Basic Facts

The Village of Potsdam had a population of 9,686 as of July 1, 2017.

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, 2017.

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, 2017)


Total Population 9,686
Daytime Population: Workers 4,613
Daytime Population: Residents 6,422
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 11,035
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.14
Population in Households 5,124
Population in Familes 2,809
Population in Group Qrtrs 4,562
Population Density2 2,178
Diversity Index3 30


Median Household Income $34,402
Average Household Income $53,441
Per Capita Income $14,863


Total Housing Units 2,604 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 907 (34.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,511 (58.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 187 ( 7.2%)
Median Home Value $118,851
Average Home Value $151,218


Total Households 2,417
Average Household Size 2.12
Family Households 979
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 0.37% -0.01%
Households -0.14% -0.06%
Families 1.21% -0.29%
Median Household Income   0.9%
Per Capita Income   2.06%

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, 2017 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 # 198 84th
Population Density # 399 67th
Diversity Index # 478 60th
Median Household Income # 1167 3rd
Per Capita Income # 1187 1st

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