Profile for Lake Placid, New York, NY
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Lake Placid is a village in Essex County.
The latitude of Lake Placid is 44.279N. The longitude is -73.98W.
It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,801 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 2,733.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Lake Placid demographic reports
Lake Placid is on Mirror Lake.
Site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics.
A nearby paper mill closed in the 1980s, taking 5,000 jobs.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 3. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 1.1 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Kate Smith, singer
· Charles Jewtraw, first American to win an Olympic gold medal
· Jim Shea Jr., Olympic medallist
Local festivals include:
- Kate Smith Festival - June 1-3, 2007
- Lake Placid Film Forum - July 14-17, 2007
Dates often change. Check Lake Placid web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Lake Placid Sinfonietta
Nearby parks & recreation:
Mount Van Hoevenberg Recreation Area
Lake Placid attractions: Ski Jump Complex, Olympic Sports Complex
Historic sites and museums: John Brown Farm State Historic Site, North Elba Historical Society Museum
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
The road from Lake Placid Station to South Meadows wound over old glacial beaches and lake bottoms covered with second growth trees and pastures.
-- Approach to the Mountains
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Ancestry & family history
10% of Lake Placid residents report German ancestry, and 20% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Lake Placid ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Lake Placid was $18,507, compared with $21,587 nationally.
29% of Lake Placid residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Lake Placid festival dates:
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- Kate Smith Festival - J
- Lake Placid Film Forum - J
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Median rent in Lake Placid, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $396. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $875.
Libraries in Lake Placid include Lake Placid Public Library ... View libraries
Essex County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Lake Placid political report.
The average commute time for Lake Placid workers is 11 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
Hotels in Lake Placid include Best Western Golden Arrow Hotel, Comfort Inn Lake Placid, Holiday Inn Lake Placid, Lake Placid Club Lodge, Mirror Lake Inn, Ramada Inn.
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“ The road from Lake Placid Station to South Meadows wound over old glacial beaches and lake bottoms covered with second growth trees and pastures. ”
~ Approach to the Mountains
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