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The village of Watkins Glen is located in Schuyler County<1> and is the County Seat for Schuyler County.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Watkins Glen, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1926.

A typical abbreviation for Watkins Glen: Watkins Gln.

See our Genealogy Helper Page for Watkins Glen for more information about variations on the name of Watkins Glen.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Watkins Glen has a population of 1,872 people<2> (see below for details).

Watkins Glen is 450 feet [137 m] above sea level.<3>.

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

The area code for Watkins Glen: (607)

The ZIP code for Watkins Glen: 14891<4>

The village of Watkins Glen was previously named Watkins. Before Watkins, it was named Jefferson. Going back to its beginning, The community of Watkins Glen was originally named Salubria<5>. For more information about the names of Watkins Glen, see The Names of Watkins Glen on our Genealogy Page.

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Watkins Glen had an population of 1,872 people. This is an increase of 0.7% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 12.89% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Watkins Glen had a population of 1,859 people (or 10.13% of the total population of Schuyler County). This makes Watkins Glen the county's 4th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 1,859 people, the population of Watkins Glen decreased 13.49% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 2,149 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Watkins Glen.

Communities Also Named Watkins Glen ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 3 communities that are also named Watkins Glen - they are located in Alabama, Kentucky and Maryland.

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

Communities near Watkins Glen ...

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

  • Ithaca
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ithaca
    • Ithaca is located in Tompkins County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 30,981 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ithaca <6>
  • Corning
    (18 miles [29 km] to the southwest)
  • Horseheads
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the south)
  • Elmira Heights
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Elmira Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elmira Heights
    • Elmira Heights is located in Chemung County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,747 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Elmira Heights <6>
  • Painted Post
    (18 miles [29 km] to the southwest)
  • Trumansburg
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the northeast)
  • Dundee
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dundee have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dundee
    • Dundee is located in Yates County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,608 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dundee <6>
  • South Corning
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for South Corning have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for South Corning
    • South Corning is located in Steuben County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,080 people
  • Savona
    (18 miles [29 km] to the west)
  • Hammondsport
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the west)

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

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

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Watkins Glen. Our list includes 18 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Watkins Glen.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Watkins Glen ...

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

Adding Watkins Glen to Our Gazetteer ...

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

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

For more details, see References and Mentions for Watkins Glen.

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

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Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of New York's counties, including Schuyler, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Watkins Glen.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Watkins Glen - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>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 village (such as Watkins Glen). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Watkins Glen or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>It's a common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Watkins Glen may originally have been Watkin's Glen. Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Watkins Glen might be written as Watkin Glen. For more information, please visit our Genealogy Helper Page for Watkins Glen.
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>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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