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Saratoga Springs is a city in Saratoga County, in the Albany metro area.

The community name derives from Indian term variously translated as "place of swift water," "springs from the hillside" or "beaver place."

The latitude of Saratoga Springs is 43.083N. The longitude is -73.785W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 299 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 27,332.

Median household income
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Saratoga Springs demographic reports
Saratoga Springs is in the foothills of the Adirondacks.
Early growth was linked to the curative powers of local mineral springs. In the 19th century, the grand hotels of Saratoga attracted the wealthy and the powerful.

Gambling flourished in the late 1800s, with the opening of at least a dozen casinos.

Potato chips, initially known as "Saratoga chips," were invented here in 1853 by George Crum, an African-American chef at the Moon Lake Resort.

Don McLean's song "American Pie" debuted here, at Caff? Lena in 1972.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 37. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 1.4 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 2003 movie, "Seabiscuit"
· 1991 movie, "Billy Bathgate"
· 1981 movie, "Ghost Story"
Well-known residents have included:
· David Hyde Pierce, actor
· Steven Millhauser, author
· Kathleen Kauth, 2006 Olympics bronze medal winner (ice hockey)
· Mary Lou Whitney, socialite
· Scott Valentine, actor
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Jazz Festival - June 23-24, 2007
  • Winterfest - Feb. 2-5, 2007
  • Downtown Fall Festival - Oct. 27-28, 2007
  • Final Stretch Weekend - Sept. 1-2, 2007
  • Hats Off to Saratoga - July 27-28, 2007
Dates often change. Check Saratoga Springs web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Saratoga Spa State Park, Congress Park, Bog Meadow Trail
Saratoga Springs attractions: Petrified Sea Gardens
Historic sites and museums: Grant Cottage State Historic Site, National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, Children's Museum at Saratoga, Historical Society of Saratoga Springs, Saratoga Harness Hall of Fame & Museum, Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, National Museum of Dance
Colleges and universities: Skidmore College, SUNY Empire State College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 82
I don't know anywhere I'd rather die than sitting out there at the Saratoga track watching the horses coming round the curve.
-- Saratoga Trunk
Edna Ferber

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Saratoga Springs demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Saratoga County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Albany area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 12833 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

14% of Saratoga Springs residents report German ancestry, and 20% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Saratoga Springs ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Saratoga Springs was $26,250, compared with $21,587 nationally.


39% of Saratoga Springs residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Saratoga Springs include Broadway Historic District (Saratoga Springs), Casino-Congress Park-Circular Street Historic District, East Side Historic District, Saratoga Spa State Park District, Union Avenue Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Saratoga Springs, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $520.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,195.


Libraries in Saratoga Springs include Saratoga Springs Public Library ... View libraries


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Newspapers in Saratoga Springs include Saratogian

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Saratoga County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Saratoga Springs political report.

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Saratoga Springs restaurants taking online reservations include Chez Sophie ... View restaurants


The average commute time for Saratoga Springs workers is 24 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 2 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Saratoga Springs between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of .8 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.


Hotels in Saratoga Springs include Courtyard Saratoga Springs, Gideon Putnam Resort Spa, Holiday Inn Saratoga Springs, Inn at Saratoga, Prime Hotel Saratoga Springs, Residence Inn, Saratoga Springs Super 8 Motel.


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“ I don't know anywhere I'd rather die than sitting out there at the Saratoga track watching the horses coming round the curve. ”
~ Saratoga Trunk
Edna Ferber

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