Poland, Herkimer County, New York

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Poland, Herkimer County,
New York
Poland is located in New York
Poland is located in the United States
Coordinates: 43°13′34″N 75°03′41″W / 43.22611°N 75.06139°W / 43.22611; -75.06139Coordinates: 43°13′34″N 75°03′41″W / 43.22611°N 75.06139°W / 43.22611; -75.06139
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
RegionThe Adirondacks
TownsRussia, Newport
 • MayorMary Paul
 • Total0.55 sq mi (1.42 km2)
 • Land0.54 sq mi (1.41 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
675 ft (206 m)
 • Total508
 • Estimate 
 • Density880.29/sq mi (339.93/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)315
FIPS code36-58937

Poland is a village in Herkimer County, New York, United States. The population was 508 at the 2010 census.[3]

Poland is on the border shared by the towns of Newport and Russia. The village is 16 miles (26 km) north of the county seat in Herkimer and is 14 miles (23 km) northeast of Utica. Poland Central School has roughly 500 kids pre-k thru 12th grade. Poland Central School is known for being a soccer school, with the boys and girls winning many sectional titiles, and the girls winning states in 2011-12 season and 2019-20 season.


Perspective map of Poland with list of landmarks from 1890 by L.R Burleigh

Poland was briefly called "Maple Valley" and "Russia Flats" when it was first settled around 1800 on land owned by Samuel Wright. The first post office, established in 1838 in the hotel at the corner of Main and Case streets, was known as "Danielsville", after Nahum Daniels, who owned a large amount of land in the village. The first postmaster, Joseph Benchley, soon changed the name because of the confusion with Dansville in western New York. The simplest explanation for the name "Poland" is that the village is adjacent to and southwest of Russia, New York, just like Poland in Europe. In 2019 Poland Central School caught on fire from a wiring issue in the basement.

In 1869 there were 200 residents and approximately 60 buildings. By the 1880s there was a church, store, hotels, grist- and sawmill, tannery sash and blind factory, wagon shop, two blacksmith shops, cheese box factory, cabinet shop, and a bootjack and ladder manufacturer. House building was booming.

Poland had a stop on the Herkimer, Newport and Poland Railway.

By 1906, there were more than 150 buildings even after two disastrous fires.

Poland was incorporated May 10, 1890, with Charles Bowen as the first President (mayor).


Poland is located in western Herkimer County at 43°13′34″N 75°3′41″W / 43.22611°N 75.06139°W / 43.22611; -75.06139 (43.226178, -75.061521).[4] Slightly more than half the village lies in the southern corner of the town of Russia, while the rest of the village extends south into the northwest corner of the town of Newport.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.55 square miles (1.42 km2), of which 0.01 square miles (0.02 km2), or 1.15%, are water.[3] West Canada Creek, a tributary of the Mohawk River, forms the southwestern boundary of the village. Poland is at the junction of Routes NY-8 (Cold Brook Street) and NY-28 (Main Street).


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)478[2]−5.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 451 people, 192 households, and 126 families residing in the village. The population density was 842.2 people per square mile (322.5/km2). There were 202 housing units at an average density of 377.2 per square mile (144.4/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 96.67% White, 0.22% African American, 2.66% Asian, and 0.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.00% of the population.

There were 192 households, out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.6% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.9% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 23.7% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 16.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.0 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $38,750, and the median income for a family was $45,455. Males had a median income of $27,426 versus $22,159 for females. The per capita income for the village was $17,938. About 8.5% of families and 11.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.9% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.


  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 "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Poland village, New York". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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