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Area Description

Potsdam is a town located in St. Lawrence County, New York, United States. The town population was 17,029 at the 2010 census. Potsdam is a cultural and educational hub of Northern New York. When SUNY Potsdam and Clarkson University are both in session, the population increases by approximately 8,000 students. The town is named after the city of Potsdam in Germany. The Town of Potsdam also contains a village named Potsdam.The scenic Racquette River bisects the community and provides residents and visitors with panoramic riverine views, convenient recreational access and is a source of renewable energy for the Village's generation of hydro-electric power. Settled in 1802, the Village was recognized as one of the industrial and commercial centers of St. Lawrence County given its hydro power assets, its agricultural and mineral wealth. Today the Village is best known as a center for health care, education and retail trade in Northern New York. The village has many local owned dining options including the regions only gluten free cafe/bakery as well as a few known brand named "fast food" chains.

Includes Cities/Towns: Norwood, Potsdam.

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Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Potsdam offers many outdoor recreational and fitness options. There are walking/hiking trails along the Raquette River within Potsdam as well as in nearby communities. The river provides for fishing, canoeing, and in some sections- white water kayaking. Potsdam has a movie theater, bowling alley, and has outdoor festival and concerts during the summer months. Potsdam has a great downtown of unique specialty shops.

Cultural Activities

Potsdam is fortunate to be the home of the Orchestra of Northern NY, the Crane School of Music, Community Performance Series, Potsdam Public Museum, and the St. Lawrence County Arts Council. All of these organizations provide the community with access to a variety of cultural activities from music and theater events to art exhibits/workshops, book clubs, and historical exhibits.

Public transportation

Public bus transportation available via a county wide program which has routes between nearby communities. Local taxi services available as well.

Medical Facilities

Canton-Potsdam Hospital is a not-for-profit community healthcare facility certified for 94 beds. Its core programs in emergency medicine, acute care, hospitalist medicine, and critical care are supplemented by outpatient health services in Brasher Falls, Canton, Colton, Massena, Norfolk, Norwood, and Potsdam, NY, and by specialist care in over 25 different specialties, including a robust orthopedic surgery and sports medicine program and the Center for Cancer Care.

As an affiliate with Gouverneur Hospital in Gouverneur, NY, CPH operates within the St. Lawrence Health System, a parent corporation formed to give structure and coherence to the coordination of care in Northern New York and to catalyze change in alignment with New York State's Triple Aim: improving health, enhancing quality, and reducing costs. With assistance from the New York State Doctors Across New York Program, and with oversight from Michael Maresca, Chief Medical Officer, CPH has more than doubled the size of its exceptionally talented medical staff to serve the needs of our rural region.

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Potsdam, New York?

Potsdam is located in the St. Lawrence River Valley between the Adirondack Mountains and the mighty St. Lawrence River that separates this part of New York State from Canada. We are far enough North and away from the Lake Ontario to avoid Lake Effect Snow but do receive measurable amounts of snow from other storms. We do have four seasons though the length and intensity of our Winter can last beyond the month of February. Our comfortable Summers lead into a beautiful autumn with great tree foliage.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  6  16  26
 Feb  8  19  29
 Mar  19  29  39
 Apr  33  44  54
 May  44  55  67
 Jun  54  64  75
 Jul  58  69  80
 Aug  56  67  78
 Sep  48  59  70
 Oct  37  47  57
 Nov  28  36  45
 Dec  15  23  32

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  30  11
 Feb  0  27  8
 Mar  0  27  3
 Apr  0  14  0
 May  0  3  0
 Jun  1  0  0
 Jul  1  0  0
 Aug  1  0  0
 Sep  0  1  0
 Oct  0  9  0
 Nov  0  20  0
 Dec  0  28  5

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  2 "  14  8 %
 Feb  2 "  11  10 %
 Mar  2 "  11  18 %
 Apr  3 "  12  29 %
 May  3 "  13  42 %
 Jun  4 "  12  53 %
 Jul  4 "  11  58 %
 Aug  4 "  11  57 %
 Sep  4 "  12  50 %
 Oct  4 "  12  38 %
 Nov  4 "  13  29 %
 Dec  3 "  14  17 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  18 "  26  11
 Feb  15 "  24  8
 Mar  11 "  17  6
 Apr  4 "  2  2
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  1 "  0  0
 Nov  5 "  6  3
 Dec  16 "  19  9

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Cost of Living for Potsdam, NY

Potsdam, New York cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

Housing in Potsdam varies from apartment and housing rentals to home ownership in both a more village setting to rural homes. There are senior housing apartment complexes in the village. Mayfield Apartments is a Senior affordable housing community with 1 Bed(s) apartments units. Midtown Apartments has a total of 65 units, all of which are Section 8 assisted living units. All units on this property are one-bedroom.

Senior Assistance in Potsdam, NY

Potsdam, New York offers the following assistance for seniors:

St. Lawrence County Office for the Aging

Brief Description of Services from the St. Lawrence County The Office for the Aging. They provides service and advocacy for county residents 60 years and older. Programs and services includes: Nutrition Centers and Home Delivered Meals; Home Care Services; Family Caregiver Support; Senior Community Service Employment Program; Medical Transportation; Legal Services; Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance

What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does Potsdam Offer For Retirees?

The Village of Potsdam is home to three temporary employment agencies, Penski, Inc. Personnel Services, Kelly Services, and Personé Staffing. These firms can provide temporary employment.

There are a variety of Non profit organizations in the community in need of volunteers...from the local humane society, food pantries, Arts council, Community Performance Series, hospital foundation, friends of the library, etc.

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