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Welcome to Rensselaer ...

The city of Rensselaer is located in Rensselaer County<1>.


The location of Rensselaer has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>


While we don't have a date for the founding of Rensselaer, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1906.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Rensselaer has a population of 9,181 people<3> (see below for details).

Rensselaer is near sea level<4>.

Time Zone: Rensselaer lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Rensselaer lies within the (518) area code.

Websites for Rensselaer ...

Chamber of Commerce:   www.renscochamber.com/

Although we don't have any websites that are specific to Rensselaer, the following might be of interest:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Rensselaer had an population of 9,181 people. This is a decrease of 2.25% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 18.3% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Rensselaer had a population of 9,392 people (which is 5.89% of the total population of Rensselaer County). This makes Rensselaer the county's 6th most populous community.

The population of Rensselaer represents 0.05% of the population of New York (which has 19,378,102 people), making it the state's 260th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 9,392 people, the population of Rensselaer increased 21.02% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 7,761 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Rensselaer.

Communities Also Named Rensselaer ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 2 communities that are also named Rensselaer - they are located in Indiana and Missouri.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Rensselaer.

Communities near Rensselaer ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Rensselaer.

  • Schenectady
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the northwest)
  • Troy
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Troy
    • Troy is located in Rensselaer County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 48,804 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Troy <5>
  • Cohoes
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the north)
  • Watervliet
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Watervliet
    • Watervliet is located in Albany County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 9,807 people
    • Former names for Watervliet:
    • Gibbonsville
    • Port Schuyler
    • West Troy
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Watervliet <5>
  • Scotia
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Scotia have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Scotia
    • Scotia is located in Schenectady County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,618 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Scotia <5>
  • Colonie
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Colonie have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Colonie
    • Colonie is located in Albany County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,564 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Colonie <5>
  • Mechanicville
    (18 miles [29 km] to the north)
  • Ravena
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the south)
  • Green Island
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Green Island have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Green Island
    • Green Island is located in Albany County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,879 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Green Island <5>
  • Voorheesville
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Voorheesville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Voorheesville
    • Voorheesville is located in Albany County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,750 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Voorheesville <5>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Rensselaer. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Rensselaer.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Rensselaer. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Rensselaer.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Rensselaer. Our list includes 7 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Rensselaer.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Rensselaer ...

Looking for more information about Rensselaer? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Rensselaer, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Rensselaer.

Adding Rensselaer to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Rensselaer in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Rensselaer was mentioned on a train schedule titled New York Central Railroad Time Table (July 1902).

We also found Rensselaer in the book titled .<6> From that list, the Rensselaer post office opened in 1906.

For more details, see References and Mentions for Rensselaer.

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Rensselaer. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Rensselaer County: www.rensco.com/

The official website for State of New York: https://www.ny.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of New York's counties, including Rensselaer, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Rensselaer.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Rensselaer - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:

      https://cblevins.github.io/us-post-offices/data-biography/









 

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