Potsdam, NY

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2022 Population
8,570
1.36% 1-year growth
US Senator
Chuck Schumer
Democratic Party
US Senator
Kirsten Gillibrand
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
21.7
2.84% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
24.4%
5.52% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$31,584
4.2% 1-year decline
2022 Median Property Value
$143,200
19.2% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
3,518
4.05% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Potsdam, NY had a population of 8.57k people with a median age of 21.7 and a median household income of $31,584. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Potsdam, NY grew from 8,455 to 8,570, a 1.36% increase and its median household income declined from $32,969 to $31,584, a −4.2% decrease.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Potsdam, NY are White (Non-Hispanic) (79.1%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (6.07%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (5.22%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.42%), and White (Hispanic) (2.21%).

None of the households in Potsdam, NY reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

93.8% of the residents in Potsdam, NY are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Potsdam, NY are Clarkson University (1,229 degrees awarded in 2022) and SUNY College at Potsdam (813 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Potsdam, NY was $143,200, and the homeownership rate was 36.4%.

Most people in Potsdam, NY drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 14.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Potsdam, NY was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Potsdam, NY is home to a population of 8.57k people, from which 93.8% are citizens. As of 2022, 9.74% of Potsdam, NY residents were born outside of the country (835 people).

In 2022, there were 13 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (6.78k people) in Potsdam, NY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 520 Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 447 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

93.8%
2022 Citizenship
94.5%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 93.8% of Potsdam, NY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Potsdam, NY was 94.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Potsdam, NY
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    6.78k ± 227
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    520 ± 119
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    447 ± 145
4.76%
Hispanic Population
408 people

In 2022, there were 13 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (6.78k people) in Potsdam, NY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 520 Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 447 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

4.76% of the people in Potsdam, NY are hispanic (408 people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Dominican Republic
    505,872 ± 17,239 people
  2. China
    415,960 ± 15,668 people
  3. Jamaica
    230,433 ± 11,717 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of New York was Dominican Republic, the natal country of 505,872 New York residents, followed by China with 415,960 and Jamaica with 230,433.

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Foreign-Born Population

9.74%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
835 people
7.9%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
668 people

As of 2022, 9.74% of Potsdam, NY residents (835 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Potsdam, NY was 7.9%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    23 ± 40
  2. World War II
    12 ± 18
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    0 ± 33

Potsdam, NY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.92 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Potsdam, NY employs 3.52k people. The largest industries in Potsdam, NY are Educational Services (1,183 people), Accommodation & Food Services (546 people), and Retail Trade (340 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($130,323), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($92,500), and Construction ($55,815).

Males in New York have an average income that is 1.27 times higher than the average income of females, which is $77,694. The income inequality in New York (measured using the Gini index) is 0.494, which is higher than than the national average.

Occupations

3.52k
2022 Value
± 452
4.05%
1 Year growth
± 16.8%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Potsdam, NY grew at a rate of 4.05%, from 3.38k employees to 3.52k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Potsdam, NY, are Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (631 people), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (448 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (310 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Potsdam, NY.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

3.52k
2022 Value
± 452
4.05%
1 Year growth
± 16.8%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Potsdam, NY grew at a rate of 4.05%, from 3.38k employees to 3.52k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Potsdam, NY, are Educational Services (1,183 people), Accommodation & Food Services (546 people), and Retail Trade (340 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Potsdam, NY, though some of these residents may live in Potsdam, NY and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$14,133
Median earning men ± $7,215
$12,440
Median earning women ± $3,370

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Construction ($46,389), Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($41,583), and Manufacturing ($17,188).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Other Services Except Public Administration ($38,025), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($14,032), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($13,984).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.74%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 9.56M people employed in New York. This represents a 2.74% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 19.7%.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in New York went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 60.4% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (37.5%), followed by Other (0.813%).

Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are the senators currently representing the state of New York. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

New York is currently represented by 26 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from New York

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Chuck Schumer
Senator from New York3
Assumed office on January 3, 1999
Kirsten Gillibrand
Senator from New York1
Assumed office on January 26, 2009
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Hillary Clinton, who had become Secretary of State.

Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are the senators currently representing New York.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from New York

New York is currently represented by 26 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for New York have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Potsdam, NY awarded 2,042 degrees. The student population of Potsdam, NY in 2022 is skewed towards men, with 3,286 male students and 2,860 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Potsdam, NY are White (1,548 and 79.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (127 and 6.52%), Black or African American (92 and 4.72%), and Asian (74 and 3.8%).

The largest universities in Potsdam, NY by number of degrees awarded are Clarkson University (1,229 and 60.2%) and SUNY College at Potsdam (813 and 39.8%).

The most popular majors in Potsdam, NY are Mechanical Engineering (180 and 8.81%), General Business Administration & Management (150 and 7.35%), and Engineering & Industrial Management (138 and 6.76%).

The median tuition costs in Potsdam, NY are $54,960 for private four year colleges, and $7,070 and $16,980 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Potsdam, NY, the percentage of applicants admitted was 79.8%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 13.3%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 6,146 (53.5% men and 46.5% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 6,146 students enrolled in Potsdam, NY, 53.5% men and 46.5% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 4,367 records, of which 45.6% were women and 54.4% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 84 degrees awarded
  2. 158 degrees awarded
  3. 90 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Potsdam, NY was Music Teacher Education with 84 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Potsdam, NY according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,229 degrees awarded
  2. 813 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Clarkson University with 1,229 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 1,049 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Potsdam, NY, which is 1.06 times more than the 993 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 1,548 degrees mean that there were 12.2 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 127 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($54,960) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,642) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,480) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 1.7% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 1.75% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (4.04M), Bachelors Degree (3.33M), and Some college (2.79M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Potsdam, NY was $143,200 in 2022, which is 0.508 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $120,100 to $143,200, a 19.2% increase. The homeownership rate in Potsdam, NY is 36.4%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Potsdam, NY have an average commute time of 14.8 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Potsdam, NY is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Property

$143,200
Median Property Value 2022
±$18,383
$938
Median Property Taxes
±$227

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Rent vs Own

36.4%
Homeownership
2022
60.5%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 36.4% of the housing units in Potsdam, NY were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 41.1%.

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Income by Location

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Race/Ethnicity
Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 4908
  2. Census Tract 4909

The following map shows all of the places in Potsdam, NY colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$31,584
Median Household Income
± $8,007
2.58k
Number of Households
± 446

In 2022, the median household income of the 2.58k households in Potsdam, NY declined from $31,584 from the previous year's value of $32,969.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Potsdam, NY is from New York.
0.494
2022 Wage GINI in New York
0.493
2021 Wage GINI in New York

In 2022, the income inequality in New York was 0.494 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.125% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for New York was higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in New York in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (54.2%)
  2. Walked (23.9%)
  3. Worked At Home (11.4%)

In 2022, 54.2% of workers in Potsdam, NY drove alone to work, followed by those who walked to work (23.9%) and those who worked at home (11.4%).

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Commute Time

14.8 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Potsdam, NY have a shorter commute time (14.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.13% of the workforce in Potsdam, NY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Potsdam, NY distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Potsdam, NY have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

24.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Potsdam, NY (1.13k out of 4.63k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 55 - 64.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Potsdam, NY is White, followed by Asian and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

97% of the population of Potsdam, NY has health coverage, with 59% on employee plans, 11.2% on Medicaid, 8.85% on Medicare, 17.6% on non-group plans, and 0.327% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in St. Lawrence County, NY see 1858 patients per year on average, which represents a 2% decrease from the previous year (1896 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2552 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 460 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,858 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in St. Lawrence County, NY

Primary care physicians in St. Lawrence County, NY see an average of 1,858 patients per year. This represents a 2% decrease from the previous year (1,896 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in St. Lawrence County, NY in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 17% under 18 years, 55% between 18 and 34 years, 17.9% between 35 and 64 years, and 10.1% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 52.4% were men and 47.6% were women.

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Uninsured People

2.98%
Uninsured
59%
Employer Coverage
11.2%
Medicaid
8.85%
Medicare
17.6%
Non-Group
0.327%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Potsdam, NY grew by 25.2% from 2.38% to 2.98%.

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