Rutland, New York

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Rutland, New York
Rutland is located in New York
Rutland is located in the United States
Coordinates: 43°57′35″N 75°47′39″W / 43.95972°N 75.79417°W / 43.95972; -75.79417Coordinates: 43°57′35″N 75°47′39″W / 43.95972°N 75.79417°W / 43.95972; -75.79417
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
 • TypeTown Council
 • Town SupervisorGary Eddy (R)
 • Town Council
Members' List
 • Total45.57 sq mi (118.03 km2)
 • Land45.24 sq mi (117.17 km2)
 • Water0.33 sq mi (0.86 km2)
978 ft (298 m)
 • Total3,060
 • Estimate 
 • Density66.62/sq mi (25.72/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)315
FIPS code36-045-64265
GNIS feature ID0979444

Rutland is a town in Jefferson County, New York, United States. The population was 3,060 at the 2010 census.[3]

Rutland is in the eastern part of the county, east of Watertown and southwest of Fort Drum.


Prehistoric remains are evidence of an original early native population. The first modern settlement took place near Rutland Center around 1799.

The town was formed from part of the town of Watertown in 1802 before the establishment of Jefferson County. In 1844, an island in the Black River at Felts Mills was annexed from the town of Le Ray.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 45.4 square miles (117.5 km2), of which 45.1 square miles (116.8 km2) are land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km2), or 0.61%, are water.[3] The Black River defines the north town line, and most of the south town line is the county line of Lewis County.

New York State Route 12 and New York State Route 126 are east-west highways through the central part of the town. New York State Route 3 follows the south bank of the Black River.

The community of Black River set itself apart from Rutland and the town of Le Ray by incorporating as a village in 1891.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2016 (est.)3,014[2]−1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 2,959 people, 1,097 households, and 840 families residing in the town. The population density was 65.5 people per square mile (25.3/km2). There were 1,178 housing units at an average density of 26.1 per square mile (10.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 95.34% White, 1.49% African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.68% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.84% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.82% of the population.

There were 1,097 households, out of which 36.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.1% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.4% were non-families. 17.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 27.2% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 32.6% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 9.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 102.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $36,417, and the median income for a family was $38,906. Males had a median income of $30,040 versus $21,450 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,919. About 10.3% of families and 12.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.7% of those under age 18 and 4.1% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in Rutland[edit]

  • Black River – A village along the north town line and the Black River, half in Rutland and half in Le Ray. It was once called "Lockport".
  • Felts Mills – A hamlet (and census-designated place) by the north town line and the Black River. A mill was built in 1800, establishing the community.
  • Harpers Ferry – A hamlet on NY-126 at County Road 163, east of Rutland Center.
  • Rutland Center – A hamlet on NY-126.
  • Rutland Hollow – A shallow valley in the northwest part of the town.
  • Rutland Lake – A small lake neart Rutland Center.
  • Sandy Creek – A stream flowing through the south part of Rutland.
  • Tylerville – A hamlet in the south part of town at the junction of County Roads 69 and 161. The community dates from about 1805 and was originally called "South Rutland".
  • Underwood Hill – An elevation in the southwest part of Rutland.


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 5, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Rutland town, Jefferson County, New York". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  5. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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