Lake George (village), New York

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Lake George
View north along Canada Street
View north along Canada Street
Official seal of Lake George
Etymology: from nearby body of water
Location of Lake George within the state of New York
Location of Lake George within the state of New York
Location of New York in the United States
Location of New York in the United States
Coordinates: 43°25′33″N 73°42′43″W / 43.42583°N 73.71194°W / 43.42583; -73.71194Coordinates: 43°25′33″N 73°42′43″W / 43.42583°N 73.71194°W / 43.42583; -73.71194
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
 • TypeVillage Hall
 • MayorRobert Blais
 • Total0.59 sq mi (1.52 km2)
 • Land0.59 sq mi (1.52 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
360 ft (110 m)
Highest elevation
480 ft (150 m)
Lowest elevation
(Lake shore)
353 ft (108 m)
 • Total906
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,491.47/sq mi (575.82/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s)518
FIPS code36-40508
GNIS feature ID0954913
WebsiteVillage of Lake George

The Village of Lake George is a village within the town of Lake George in Warren County, New York, United States, located at the southern end of its namesake lake. The population was 906 at the 2010 census.[3] It is part of the Glens Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area.[4] The village and the surrounding area is a famous summertime tourist region and historic summer colony, which at one time included Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O'Keeffe.

Lake George was the county seat of Warren County until 1963, when the county seat was moved to Queensbury.[5]


The village of Lake George was originally known as Caldwell, a name preserved in the Caldwell Presbyterian Church. Located on the southern end of Lake George within the eastern edge of the Adirondack Park, the village and surrounding area were on the route between the British and French colonies, and were often traversed by military forces during the Colonial wars. A reconstruction of Fort William Henry, which replaces the original burned during the French and Indian War, is within the village and serves as a living museum.

In the last quarter of the 19th century the area began to become an important tourist destination. Railroad tracks ran onto the steamboat docks on the south end of Lake George. From there steamboats ran several times a day to the hotels further north on the lake. The Lake George Steamboat Company continues to operate steamboats out of Lake George.

Village of Lake George in 1854

The Village of Lake George was incorporated in 1903. Besides the fort with its many associations, historic points of interest include the defunct railway station and a 19th-century courthouse and jail, now operated as a museum by the local historical society. The beach at one motel in the village features a plaque marking the site where the Marquis de Montcalm landed with his army preparatory to attacking the fort. A plaque at the site of the Bloody Pond Massacre is a short distance south of the village along US 9.

The Delaware and Hudson Passenger Station, Lake George Battlefield Park Historic District, Mohican II, Old Warren County Courthouse Complex, St. James Episcopal Church, and United States Post Office are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[6][7][8][9]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2), all land. It is situated beside Lake George. The village is located about 50 miles (80 km) north of Albany, New York and about 200 miles (322 km) north of New York City and northwest of Boston, Massachusetts.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)874[2]−3.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
Lake George
Entrance to Lake George Village, 1973
Fort William Henry reconstruction

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 985 people, 448 households, and 237 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,615.3 people per square mile (623.5/km2). There were 579 housing units at an average density of 949.5 per square mile (366.5/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.36% White, 1.02% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.61% Asian, 0.30% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.71% of the population.

There were 448 households, out of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.5% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.9% were non-families. 36.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 22.5% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 26.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.2 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $33,000, and the median income for a family was $45,625. Males had a median income of $29,318 versus $24,792 for females. The per capita income for the village was $20,077. About 7.7% of families and 11.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.2% of those under the age of 18 and 15.2% of those 65 and older.


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "Metropolitan Areas and Components, 1999, with FIPS Codes". US Census Bureau. Retrieved July 7, 2009.
  5. ^ PostStar, Lake George Officials Consider New Use For Old Courthouse, Retrieved Jan. 14, 2015.
  6. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  7. ^ "National Register of Historic Places". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 12/27/11 through 12/30/11. National Park Service. 2012-01-06.
  8. ^ "National Register of Historic Places". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 5/20/13 through 5/24/13. National Park Service. 2013-05-31.
  9. ^ "National Register of Historic Places". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 12/09/13 through 12/13/13. National Park Service. 2013-12-20.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.

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