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Carthage, New York

Coordinates: 43°58′52″N 75°36′25″W / 43.98111°N 75.60694°W / 43.98111; -75.60694
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Carthage, New York
Carthage is located in New York
Carthage is located in the United States
Coordinates: 43°58′52″N 75°36′25″W / 43.98111°N 75.60694°W / 43.98111; -75.60694
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
 • Total2.59 sq mi (6.71 km2)
 • Land2.42 sq mi (6.28 km2)
 • Water0.16 sq mi (0.42 km2)
768 ft (234 m)
 • Total3,236
 • Density1,334.43/sq mi (515.16/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code315
FIPS code36-12683
GNIS feature ID0969965

Carthage is a village in the town of Wilna in Jefferson County, New York, United States. The population was 3,236 at the 2020 census.[2][3] The village is named after the historic city of Carthage (now Tunis).

The village of Carthage is along the southern border of the town of Wilna and is east of Watertown.


The original settlement was called "Long Falls" and was settled around 1798.

Perspective map of Carthage and list of landmarks from 1888 by L.R. Burleigh

The village was chartered in 1869.[4] It is one of only twelve villages in New York still incorporated under a charter, the others having incorporated or re-incorporated under the provisions of Village Law.[5]

In 1861, a major fire destroyed about twenty buildings in the village, and a smaller fire at the end of the year destroyed more property. A less destructive fire occurred in 1872. Another large fire in 1884 that spread across the river from West Carthage ruined more than 150 buildings. The First Baptist Church and Cook Memorial Building, State Street Historic District, and United States Post Office are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[6] In 2002, another fire destroyed eight buildings in the downtown area, displacing nearly 150 residents and leaving a pile of ruin.

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Carthage is located in eastern Jefferson County at 43°58′52″N 75°36′25″W / 43.98111°N 75.60694°W / 43.98111; -75.60694 (43.981118, -75.606849).[7] Its southwestern border is the Black River, which is in part the border with the town of Champion and the village of West Carthage in Jefferson County, and in part the border with the town of Denmark in Lewis County. The village is 2 miles (3 km) south of the southern border of Fort Drum.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.7 square miles (6.9 km2), of which 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2) are land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km2), or 6.35%, are water.[2]

The village is located at the junction of New York State Routes 3 and 126. NY-3 leads west 18 miles (29 km) to Watertown, following the Black River, and northeast 20 miles (32 km) to Harrisville. NY-126 leads west by a more direct route 16 miles (26 km) to Watertown and southeast 14 miles (23 km) to Croghan.


Champion Hill, located between Carthage and Watertown, is the birthplace of the majority of Watertown local TV stations. It hosted the original facilities for WWNY-TV (1954–1970) and later WPBS-TV (as WNPE, 1971–1977). WWNY's city of license still officially names Carthage, even though WWNY's studios have now moved to downtown Watertown.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

At the 2000 census,[9] there were 3,721 people, 1,417 households and 956 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,480.4 inhabitants per square mile (571.6/km2). There were 1,626 housing units at an average density of 646.9 per square mile (249.8/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 91.32% White, 4.27% African American, 0.21% Native American, 1.05% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.10% from other races, and 1.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.69% of the population.

There were 1,417 households, of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 14.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.5% were non-families. 27.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.08.

Age distribution was 28.3% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.9 males.

The median household income was $23,583, and the median family income was $32,083. Males had a median income of $31,397 versus $18,713 for females. The per capita income for the village was $13,029. About 18.6% of families and 23.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.9% of those under age 18 and 14.4% of those age 65 or over.

The remains of the Island Mill on Tannery Island, Carthage. 1993, 5x7 negative.

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  1. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 20, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Carthage village, New York". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  3. ^ 2020 United States Census, 2020 Census Report, Carthage village, Jefferson County, New York https://www.census.gov/search-results.html?searchType=web&cssp=SERP&q=Carthage%20village,%20New%20York
  4. ^ "Welcome to the Village of Carthage NY 13619". villageofcarthageny.com. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
  5. ^ "Local Government Handbook - Village Government: Historical Development" (PDF) (5th ed.). New York State Department of State. 2008. pp. PDF page 72. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 15, 2010. Retrieved June 26, 2009.
  6. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.

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