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Welcome to Schenectady ...

The city of Schenectady is located in Schenectady County<1> and is the County Seat for Schenectady County.



The pronunciation of Schenectady: Ski-neck-tud-dee<2>

Schenectady was established in 1661.

When the people of Schenectady refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Schenectadian<3>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Schenectady has a population of 65,459 people<4> (see below for details).

The community of Schenectady is 330 feet [101 m] above sea level.<5>.

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

Schenectady is located in the (518) area code.

The ZIP code for Schenectady: 12305<6>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Schenectady had an population of 65,459 people. This is a decrease of 1.02% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 5.88% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Schenectady had a population of 66,135 people (or 42.74% of the total population of Schenectady County). This makes Schenectady the county's most populous community.

The population of Schenectady represents 0.34% of the total population of New York (which has 19,378,102 people), making it the state's 26th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 66,135 people, the population of Schenectady increased 6.98% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 61,821 people).

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

Communities near Schenectady ...

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

  • Albany
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the southeast)
  • Troy
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the east)
    • 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 <7>
  • Saratoga Springs
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Saratoga Springs have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saratoga Springs
    • Saratoga Springs is located in Saratoga County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 28,287 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Saratoga Springs <7>
  • Amsterdam
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the northwest)
  • Cohoes
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the east)
  • Watervliet
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the southeast)
    • 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 <7>
  • Rensselaer
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rensselaer have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rensselaer
    • Rensselaer is located in Rensselaer County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 9,142 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rensselaer <7>
  • Colonie
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Colonie have been provided by the GNIS.<8> 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 <7>
  • Ballston Spa
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the north)
  • Mechanicville
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the northeast)

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 Schenectady. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Schenectady.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Schenectady. 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 Schenectady.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Schenectady. Our list includes 71 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Schenectady.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Schenectady ...

Looking for more information about Schenectady? 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 Schenectady, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Schenectady.

Adding Schenectady to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Schenectady 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 Schenectady was in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Schenectady on a map titled Rand McNally Map of New York (1897).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Schenectady.

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

The official website for Schenectady County: www.schenectadycounty.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 Schenectady, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation for Schenectady. While it might not be exactly right, hopefully it will be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
<3>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Schenectady refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Schenectady may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<4>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Schenectady.
<5>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Schenectady - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<6>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Schenectady). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Schenectady or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>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.









 

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