Profile for Saranac Lake, New York, NY
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Saranac Lake is a village in Franklin County, in the Malone metro area. (The community straddles Franklin and Essex counties; ePodunk links to the county with the greater share of population.)
The latitude of Saranac Lake is 44.329N. The longitude is -74.131W.
It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,545 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 4,974.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Saranac Lake demographic reports
Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau, a New York physician suffering from tuberculosis, visited in 1876. His recuperation led him to establish a sanatorium here
First-time visitors wonder about references to the "blue line." The phrase refers to the boundary of the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 21. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 4.2 per 1,000 people.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation listed the community as one of its Dozen Distinctive Destinations in 2006.
Setting for skiing accident in Sylvia Plath's novel, "The Bell Jar"
Well-known residents have included:
· Robert Louis Stevenson, writer
· Garry Trudeau, cartoonist
Local festivals include:
- Winter Carnival - Feb. 2-11, 2007
Dates often change. Check Saranac Lake web sites and events links in the sections below.
Historic sites and museums: Charles Dickert Wildlife Museum, Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Cottage
Colleges and universities:
North Country Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
I was walking in the veranda of a small house outside the hamlet of Saranac. It was winter; the night was very dark?For the making of a story here were fine conditions.
-- Robert Louis Stevenson
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Ancestry & family history
11% of Saranac Lake residents report German ancestry, and 23% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Saranac Lake ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Saranac Lake was $17,590, compared with $21,587 nationally.
28% of Saranac Lake residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Saranac Lake festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Winter Carnival - Feb. 2-11, 2007
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Historic districts in Saranac Lake include Berkeley Square Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Saranac Lake, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $353. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $941.
Libraries in Saranac Lake include Saranac Lake Free Library ... View libraries
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WSLL.
Franklin County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Saranac Lake political report.
The average commute time for Saranac Lake workers is 14 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
Hotels in Saranac Lake include Best Western Mountain Lake Inn, Hotel Saranac.
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“ I was walking in the veranda of a small house outside the hamlet of Saranac. It was winter; the night was very dark?For the making of a story here were fine conditions. ”
Robert Louis Stevenson
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