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Baldwinsville, New York
The Emita II passes through Lock 24 across from Paper Mill Island in downtown Baldwinsville.
The Emita II passes through Lock 24 across from Paper Mill Island in downtown Baldwinsville.
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Location in Onondaga County and the state of New York.
Location in Onondaga County and the state of New York.
Country United States
State New York
County Onondaga
 • Total 3.2 sq mi (8.4 km2)
 • Land 3.1 sq mi (8.0 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
381 ft (116 m)
 • Total 7,378
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 315
FIPS codes 36-04198
GNIS feature ID 0942909

Baldwinsville is a village in Onondaga County, New York, United States. The population was 7,378 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Syracuse Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Baldwinsville is located in the towns of Clay, Lysander, and Van Buren.


The village is named after Dr. Jonas Baldwin Dr. Baldwin built a dam across the Seneca River to generate energy and a private canal to keep the integrity of the water highway. It incorporated in 1848 as the Village of Baldwinsville. Prior to this, the community was known by a number of other names, including McHarrie's Rifts.

Baldwinsville initially grew as a local center for a prosperous farming area, with numerous mills along the north and south shores of the Seneca River. A canal on the north shore of the river allowed boats to navigate around the dam. In the early 1900s this canal was superseded with the construction of the New York State Barge Canal on the south shore of the river. In the early 1900s the village was also served by the Erie Lackawanna Railway, connecting Baldwinsville to the cities of Syracuse and Oswego. In addition to agriculture, Baldwinsville had small factories, such as Morris Machine Works, Jardine Bronze Foundry, and others. A large brewery now owned by Anheuser-Busch was constructed immediately east of the village in the mid-1970s to take advantage of ample water supplies from Lake Ontario. As agriculture and industry have receded, Baldwinsville has evolved into an attractive riverside community.

Grace Episcopal Church, formerly of Elizabeth Street, was one of the first churches in the United States to use electric lighting.

Dozens of local farm boys are listed on the Civil War monument in the village cemetery along the Seneca River, having served and died in several units of the Union Army. Those listed on this monument served under General John A. Logan as part of William T. Sherman's army. Other units included 1st Regiment, Light Artillery, N. Y. S. Volunteers, Battery B (Pettit's Battery) which fought at many major battles, including:

The Baldwinsville Village Hall, Mrs. I. L. Crego House, and Oswego-Oneida Streets Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Several community festivals are held each year. The Baldwinsville Oktoberfest, a festival that celebrates the village and surrounding community is held every September to raise funds for a variety of not-for-profit causes in the Baldwinsville community. The Rotary Club organizes the Seneca River Days festival (formerly the John McHarrie Day festival) occurs in June; it features an anything that floats race, which encourages entrants to build a floating vehicle without spending more than a set amount (currently $50). Many functions are held at the Anheuser-Busch amphitheater on Paper Mill Island. There have been several local, regional and national bands playing on weekends throughout the summer months. 9-11 memorial completed and presented to the community on the 10 year anniversary of September 11, terrorist attack in NY City.


Baldwinsville is located at 43°10′N 76°20′W / 43.167°N 76.333°W / 43.167; -76.333 (43.1599, -76.3346). The village is located on the Seneca River, which flows through the village, through the historic downtown area and forms a section of the Erie Canal. Its 24th lock sports a local restaurant which is popular for guests.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 3.2 square miles (8.3 km2), of which, 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it (5.23%) is water.

Baldwinsville is located on gently rolling hills, nearby Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes. It lies in a transitional zone between the nearly flat plain immediately adjacent to Lake Ontario, and the hills to the south that form the approaches to the Allegheny Mountains of southern New York and northern Pennsylvania. This rolling glacial terrain is intersected and divided by forests, meadows, farmland, and bodies of water of all types, which, combined with significant seasonal variations, presents a constantly changing tableau of immense beauty. Local soils are a rich and varied blend, with deposits of gravels, sands, and rock flour, ground up and tilled by the glaciers, and left behind as they receded to the north. As is typical of the Great Lakes plains, these varied soils and gentle slopes create ideal conditions for specialty agriculture, orchards, and vegetable farming. The "lake effect" moderates the harsh Arctic winters found on the north side of Lake Ontario, but this comes at a price. Snowfall in the region is the highest for any metropolitan area in the United States. High average rainfall and snowfall result in abundant water resources.

Baldwinsville is in a region of rivers, lakes, streams, swamps, marshes, creeks, and ponds. Local forests, while predominantly hardwoods such as Sugar Maple, are also widely variable due to the variations in soil, drainage, and microclimate. Nearly every tree species found in the northeastern United States can be found in the forests near Baldwinsville. Wildlife is abundant, and many varieties of fish are found in the local waters in the Seneca River. Because the Seneca River flows to Lake Ontario by way of the Oswego River, the introduction of the invasive Zebra Mussel by international shipping in the Great Lakes has had significant ecological effects on the river, for example, a dramatic improvement in clarity and a consequent flourishing of aquatic vegetation along the banks.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 1,000
1850 1,200 20.0%
1860 1,675 39.6%
1870 2,130 27.2%
1880 2,121 −0.4%
1890 3,040 43.3%
1900 2,992 −1.6%
1910 3,099 3.6%
1920 3,685 18.9%
1930 3,845 4.3%
1940 3,840 −0.1%
1950 4,495 17.1%
1960 5,985 33.1%
1970 6,298 5.2%
1980 6,446 2.3%
1990 6,591 2.2%
2000 7,053 7.0%
2010 7,378 4.6%
Est. 2015 7,770 5.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 7,053 people, 2,801 households, and 1,837 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,291.7 people per square mile (884.1/km²). There were 2,924 housing units at an average density of 950.1 per square mile (366.5/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.87% White, 0.75% African American, 0.51% Native American, 0.67% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 1.01% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.79% of the population.

There were 2,801 households out of which 34.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.3% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.4% were non-families. 28.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the village, the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 88.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.8 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $41,143, and the median income for a family was $51,549. Males had a median income of $37,259 versus $25,740 for females. The per capita income for the village was $19,817. About 5.6% of families and 8.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.2% of those under age 18 and 9.2% of those age 65 or over.


This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Baldwinsville has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.

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