Saranac Lake, NY

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Population

5,670

1.81% growth

Median Age

43.6


Median Household Income

$48,605

13% growth

Poverty Rate

18.5%


Number of Employees

2,643

6.96% growth

Median Property Value

$163,100

9.83% growth

About

In 2017, Saranac Lake, NY had a population of 5.67k people with a median age of 43.6 and a median household income of $48,605. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Saranac Lake, NY grew from 5,569 to 5,670, a 1.81% increase and its median household income grew from $43,014 to $48,605, a 13% increase.

The population of Saranac Lake, NY is 94.1% White Alone, 3.17% Black or African American Alone, and 1.04% Two or More Races. 2.51% of the people in Saranac Lake, NY speak a non-English language, and 99.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Saranac Lake, NY are North Country Community College (329 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Saranac Lake, NY is $163,100, and the homeownership rate is 54.8%. Most people in Saranac Lake, NY commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 15.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Saranac Lake, NY is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Saranac Lake, NY employs 2.64k people. The largest industries in Saranac Lake, NY are Health Care & Social Assistance (491 people), Educational Services (420 people), and Retail Trade (378 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($63,452), Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($61,875), and Public Administration ($58,618).

Median household income in Saranac Lake, NY is $48,605. Males in Saranac Lake, NY have an average income that is 1.3 times higher than the average income of females, which is $59,246. The income inequality in Saranac Lake, NY (measured using the Gini index) is 0.499, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$48,605

2017 value

± $5,748

13%

1 Year Growth

± 13%

Households in Saranac Lake, NY have a median annual income of $48,605, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $43,014 in 2016, which represents a 13% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$76,804

Average Male Salary

± $1,164

$59,246

Average Female Salary

± $829

In 2017, full-time male employees in Saranac Lake, NY made 1.3 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. White

    $65,105 ± $849

  2. Asian

    $62,456 ± $2,350

  3. Two or More Races

    $46,207 ± $3,026

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Saranac Lake, NY workers was White. These workers were paid 1.04 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Saranac Lake, NY is from New York.

0.499

2017 Wage GINI

0.497

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in New York was 0.499 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.362% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for New York was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in New York in comparison to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9603

  2. Census Tract 9604.98

  3. Census Tract 9605.98

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Saranac Lake, NY was Census Tract 9603 with a value of $61,786, followed by Census Tract 9604.98 and Census Tract 9605.98, with respective values of $59,489 and $54,904.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

18.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Saranac Lake, NY (1.01k out of 5.49k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 25 - 34, followed by Males < 5 and then Females 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    895 ± 200

  2. Black

    115 ± 117

  3. Hispanic

    11 ± 80

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Saranac Lake, NY is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

2.64k

2017 Value

± 289

6.96%

1 Year growth

± 15.1%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Saranac Lake, NY grew at a rate of 6.96%, from 2.47k employees to 2.64k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Saranac Lake, NY, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (390 people), Sales & Related Occupations (263 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (221 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Saranac Lake, NY.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Saranac Lake, NY, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (390 people), Sales & Related Occupations (263 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (221 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Saranac Lake, NY has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (2.22 times higher than expected), Health Technologists & Technicians (2.19 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (2.19 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Saranac Lake, NY, by median earnings, are Management Occupations ($84,107), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($75,268), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($71,023).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

2.64k

2017 Value

± 289

6.96%

1 Year growth

± 15.1%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Saranac Lake, NY grew at a rate of 6.96%, from 2.47k employees to 2.64k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Saranac Lake, NY, are Health Care & Social Assistance (491 people), Educational Services (420 people), and Retail Trade (378 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Saranac Lake, NY, though some of these residents may live in Saranac Lake, NY and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Saranac Lake, NY, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (491 people), Educational Services (420 people), and Retail Trade (378 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Saranac Lake, NY has an unusually high number of Utilities (2.69 times higher than expected), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (2.1 times), and Educational Services (1.71 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Saranac Lake, NY, by median earnings, are Utilities ($63,452), Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($61,875), and Public Administration ($58,618).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from New York to other states, or from other states to New York.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $67.6B

  2. $47.2B

  3. $45.3B

In 2015, the top outbound New York product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $67.6B, followed by Electronics with $47.2B and Misc. mfg. prods. and $45.3B.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$570B

2015 Value

$854B

Projected 2045 Value

49.9% growth

In 2015, total outbound New York trade was $570B. This is expected to increase 49.9% to $854B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound New York trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from New York to other states, or from other states to New York.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $34.6B

  2. $29.6B

  3. $18.8B

In 2015, the top outbound New York domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New Jersey with $34.6B, followed by Pennsylvania with $29.6B and Connecticut and $18.8B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that New York shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

93.6% of the population of Saranac Lake, NY has health coverage, with 41.6% on employee plans, 23.8% on Medicaid, 14.4% on Medicare, 12.5% on non-group plans, and 1.32% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Saranac Lake, NY was $9,778 in 2014. This is a 4.57% increase from the previous year ($9,351).

Primary care physicians in Saranac Lake, NY see 1202 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.25% increase from the previous year (1199 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1240 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 393 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Oswego County and Bronx County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (12.2%). Additionally, Chemung County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (33.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,202 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in New York see an average of 1,202 patients per year. This represents a 0.25% increase from the previous year (1,199 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$9,778

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,338

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,803

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$12,179

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in New York (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.57%, from $9,351 to $9,778.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

6.38%

Uninsured

41.6%

Employer Coverage

23.8%

Medicaid

14.4%

Medicare

12.5%

Non-Group

1.32%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Saranac Lake, NY declined by 17.5% from 7.74% to 6.38%.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 12.2% prevalence

  2. 12.2% prevalence

  3. 12% prevalence

Oswego County and Bronx County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in New York, at 12.2%.

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Diversity

Saranac Lake, NY is home to a population of 5.67k people, from which 99.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.59% of Saranac Lake, NY residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Saranac Lake, NY is composed of 5.34k White Alone residents (94.1%), 180 Black or African American Alone residents (3.17%), 59 Two or More Races residents (1.04%), 44 Hispanic or Latino residents (0.776%), 37 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.653%), 14 Asian Alone residents (0.247%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Saranac Lake, NY are Russian (58 speakers), Spanish or Spanish Creole (19 speakers), and Chinese (17 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

43

Median Native-Born Age

± 4.1

61

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 16

In 2017, the median age of all people in Saranac Lake, NY was 43.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 43, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 61. But people in Saranac Lake, NY are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Saranac Lake, NY residents was 43.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.59%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

2.57%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 1.59% of Saranac Lake, NY residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Saranac Lake, NY was 2.57%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Dominican Republic

    505,406 ± 17,230 people

  2. China

    402,542 ± 15,418 people

  3. Jamaica

    239,917 ± 11,952 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Saranac Lake, NY was Dominican Republic, the natal country of 505,406 Saranac Lake, NY residents, followed by China with 402,542 and Jamaica with 239,917.

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Citizenship

99.8%

2017 Citizenship

99%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.8% of Saranac Lake, NY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Saranac Lake, NY was 99%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    5.34k ± 350

  2. Black or African American Alone

    180 ± 129

  3. Two or More Races

    59 ± 52.5

In 2017, there were 29.6 times more White Alone residents (5.34k people) in Saranac Lake, NY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 180 Black or African American Alone and 59 Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Saranac Lake, NY as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Russian

    58 speakers (1.06%)

  2. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    19 speakers (0.348%)

  3. Chinese

    17 speakers (0.311%)

2.51% of Saranac Lake, NY citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Saranac Lake, NY was Russian. 1.06% of the overall population of Saranac Lake, NY are native Russian speakers. 0.348% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole and 0.311% speak Russian, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    194 ± 72

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    59 ± 40

  3. Korea

    43 ± 38

Saranac Lake, NY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.29 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Saranac Lake, NY awarded 329 degrees. The student population of Saranac Lake, NY is skewed towards women, with 700 male students and 1,231 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Saranac Lake, NY are White (296 and 90.5%), followed by Black or African American (13 and 3.98%), Two or More Races (9 and 2.75%), and Hispanic or Latino (4 and 1.22%).

The largest universities in Saranac Lake, NY by number of degrees awarded are North Country Community College (329 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Saranac Lake, NY are Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (87 and 26.4%), Registered Nursing (62 and 18.8%), and Humanistic Studies (24 and 7.29%).

The median tuition costs in Saranac Lake, NY are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 62 degrees awarded

  2. 24 degrees awarded

  3. 18 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Saranac Lake, NY was Registered Nursing with 62 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Saranac Lake, NY according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

329 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Saranac Lake, NY institution with the largest number of graduating students was North Country Community College with 329 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

79

Degrees Awarded to Men

250

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 79 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Saranac Lake, NY, which is 0.316 times less than the 250 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    296 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    13 degrees awarded

  3. Two or More Races

    9 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Saranac Lake, NY were to White students. These 296 degrees mean that there were 22.8 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 13 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Saranac Lake, NY was $163,100 in 2017, which is 0.75 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $148,500 to $163,100, a 9.83% increase. The homeownership rate in Saranac Lake, NY is 54.8%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Saranac Lake, NY have an average commute time of 15.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Saranac Lake, NY is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$48,605

Median Household Income

± $5,748

2.49k

Number of Households

± 271

In 2017, the median household income of the 2.49k households in Saranac Lake, NY grew to $48,605 from the previous year's value of $43,014.

The following chart displays the households in Saranac Lake, NY distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$163,100

2017 Median

± $9,634

$148,500

2016 Median

± $15,148

In 2017, the median property value in Saranac Lake, NY grew to to $163,100 from the previous year's value of $148,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Saranac Lake, NY compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Saranac Lake, NY the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Saranac Lake, NY distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Saranac Lake, NY the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

54.8%

2017 Homeownership

47.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 54.8% of the housing units in Saranac Lake, NY were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 47.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Saranac Lake, NY compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Saranac Lake, NY distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Saranac Lake, NY have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

15.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Saranac Lake, NY have a shorter commute time (15.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.28% of the workforce in Saranac Lake, NY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    69.8%

  2. Walked

    10.7%

  3. Carpooled

    9.81%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Saranac Lake, NY was Drove Alone, followed by those who Walked and those who Carpooled.

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