Speculator, New York
|— Village —|
|• Mayor||Munro Collie Smith|
|• Total||47.2 sq mi (122.3 km2)|
|• Land||44.6 sq mi (115.6 km2)|
|• Water||2.6 sq mi (6.7 km2)|
|Elevation||1,739 ft (530 m)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|ZIP codes||12164, 12812|
|GNIS feature ID||0965973|
Speculator is the only incorporated village within Hamilton County and is within the town of Lake Pleasant. The village included the northeastern end of a lake, also called Lake Pleasant. The local inhabitants sometimes refer to the village as the "Four Corners," referring to the intersection of NYS Route 8 and NYS Route 30 in the middle of the business district.
The village was formerly called "Newtons Corners," but was renamed after Speculator Mountain. Speculator was incorporated in 1925. The incorporation included an area of thinly populated land separate from the remainder of the village.
Speculator is located at (43.526920, -74.363185).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 47.2 square miles (122 km2), of which, 44.7 square miles (116 km2) of it is land and 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2) of it (5.46%) is water.
Speculator Mountain with an altitude of 2977 feet (907 m) is south of the village.
Lake Pleasant and Sacandaga Lake are west of the village. The Sacandaga River assumes its riverine nature from the outflow of Lake Pleasant at Speculator, although much of the water flows from Sacandaga Lake through the Sacandaga Lake Outlet into Lake Pleasant underneath NY-8 southwest of the village.
The entire village is located within the Lake Pleasant Central School District.
As of the census of 2000, there were 348 people, 163 households, and 94 families residing in the village. The population density was 7.8 people per square mile (3.0/km²). There were 484 housing units at an average density of 10.8 per square mile (4.2/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.26% White, 1.72% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 1.15% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.72% of the population.
There were 163 households out of which 17.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 4.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.3% were non-families. 39.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.00 and the average family size was 2.61.
In the village the population was spread out with 14.7% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 28.2% from 45 to 64, and 26.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 112.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 110.6 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $33,393, and the median income for a family was $43,750. Males had a median income of $33,750 versus $20,417 for females. The per capita income for the village was $25,089. About 4.3% of families and 4.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.7% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.
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Speculator calls itself the "All Season Vacationland."
A public beach is located in the village on the north lake shore. Free parking is available across the street from the beach. There is a baseball field, basketball court and large pavilion next to the parking lot. There is also a nature walk behind the pavilion.
"CAMP-of-the-WOODS", a Christian family resort and ministry center is located just inside the village limits on NY Route 30.
Speculator Mountain, for which the village was named, lies just south of the village on Gilmantown road, and is visible from most of the village. Oak Mountain is the location of the Oak Mountain Ski Center, located just north of the four corners.
Two chefs from Speculator, Steven Tempel and Lance Nitahara, were featured on the Food Network show Chopped in the episode "Crunch Time", which aired on July 6, 2010. Tempel was eliminated after the appetizer, but Nitahara held on until the dessert, at which he was eliminated. Nitahara later returned to the show in a special Chopped Redemption episode and subsequently won.
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- ""Chopped" Crunch Time (TV episode 2010)". IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved April 5, 2011.
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- Lake Pleasant and Speculator in the Adirondacks by Anne Weaver and Beverly Hoffman. Arcadia Publishing, 2010. www.arcadiapublishing.com
- Speculator Chamber of Commerce
- Speculator information
- Gene Tunney at Speculator
- Brief history of area