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City of Gloversville
Chamber of Commerce Building
Chamber of Commerce Building
Official seal of Gloversville
Gloversville is located in New York
Location in New York
Country United States
State New York
County Fulton
Incorporated (village) 1853
Incorporated (city) March 19, 1890
 • Type Mayor-Council
 • Total 5.05 sq mi (13.09 km2)
 • Land 5.05 sq mi (13.07 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
820 ft (250 m)
 • Total 15,665
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,922.51/sq mi (1,128.37/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 518 Exchanges: 725,773,775
FIPS code 36-29443
GNIS feature ID 0951265

Gloversville is a city in the Mohawk Valley region of Upstate New York, and the most populous city in Fulton County. Gloversville was once the hub of the United States' glovemaking industry, with over two hundred manufacturers in Gloversville and the adjacent city of Johnstown. In 2010, Gloversville had a population of 15,665. In 2019, the U.S. Census Bureau's estimates program calculated that the city's population was 14,747.


The region, historically known as "Kingsborough", was acquired by Sir William Johnson, 1st Baronet. In 1752, Arent Stevens bought land. Puritans from New England settled there at the end of the 18th century. The proximity of hemlock forests to supply bark for tanning made the community a center of leather production early in its history. It earned its name for being the center of the American glovemaking industry for many years. Upon the establishment of a United States post office in 1828, "Gloversville" became the official name of the community. Prior to that Gloversville had been known as "Stump City" because of the large number of trees that had been cut down. In 1890–1950, 90 percent of all gloves sold in the United States were made in Gloversville.

Large tanneries and glove shops employed nearly 80% of the residents of Gloversville and environs. Home workers sewed the gloves from leather that had been cut in factories. Related businesses, such as box makers, sewing machine repairmen, and thread dealers opened to serve the industry.

In 1853, Gloversville incorporated as a village. In 1890, it incorporated as a city.

Until 1936, Gloversville had a very active electric interurban line, the Fonda, Johnstown and Gloversville Railroad. It ran from Gloversville, through Johnstown, along the Mohawk River to Amsterdam, then to Scotia, then across the Mohawk River, and into downtown Schenectady to the New York Central station. In 1932 in a bold move during the Great Depression it acquired unique Bullet cars in an attempt to revive business. Passenger service ended in 1936, but freight operation continued.

Gloversville was the main headquarters for the Schine movie industry. The Glove Theatre was the Schines' favorite movie house. Hollywood movies sometimes premiered in Gloversville before they opened in California.

The decline of the glove industry left the city financially depressed, with many downtown storefronts abandoned and store windows covered with plywood. Many of the houses were abandoned when people moved out of town to find jobs elsewhere.

Geography and climate

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.1 square miles (13.3 km2), of which 0.0077 square miles (0.02 km2), or 0.17%, is water. New York State Route 29A (Fulton Street) is an east-west road through the city. New York State Route 30A is a north-south highway along the east edge of the city, leading south 4 miles (6 km) into Johnstown and northeast 5 miles (8 km) to Mayfield at the southwest end of Great Sacandaga Lake. Another north-south highway, New York State Route 309 (Bleecker Street), has its southern terminus at NY-29A in the center of Gloversville.

Cayadutta Creek, a tributary of the Mohawk River, flows southward through the city.

The city sits in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains and therefore is within a climatic transition zone. Gloversville experiences the warmer summer temperatures common throughout the Capital Region's Hudson and Mohawk Valleys while experiencing generally more copious precipitation throughout the year than the Capital Region. This manifests in commonplace rolling thunderstorms throughout the summer months and snowfall amounts more akin to the lake-pocked higher elevations of the Adirondacks in the winter months.

Climate data for Gloversville, New York (12078)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 68
Average high °F (°C) 28
Average low °F (°C) 10
Record low °F (°C) −29
Precipitation inches (mm) 3.20
Snowfall inches (cm) 24.2
Source: The Weather Channel


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 4,518
1880 7,133 57.9%
1890 13,864 94.4%
1900 18,349 32.3%
1910 20,642 12.5%
1920 22,075 6.9%
1930 23,099 4.6%
1940 23,329 1.0%
1950 23,634 1.3%
1960 21,741 −8.0%
1970 19,677 −9.5%
1980 17,836 −9.4%
1990 16,656 −6.6%
2000 15,413 −7.5%
2010 15,665 1.6%
2019 (est.) 14,747 −5.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

At the American Community Survey's 2019 estimates, Gloversville had a population of 14,747 and 6,159 households. The racial and ethnic makeup of Gloversville was 91.5% non-Hispanic white, 2.0% Black or African American, 1.1% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.9% Asian American, 1.2% from two or more races, and 4.4% Hispanic or Latino of any race. The 2018 estimates determined its multiracial population was primarily White or Black and African American, and White and Asian. Of the Hispanic or Latin American population, Mexicans and Puerto Ricans were the largest groups at the 2018 census estimates.

Gloversville's median age in 2018 was 40.5, higher than the national average of 38 in 2019. The estimated median household income from 2014 to 2018 was $37,416 and the per capita income was $20,562. The city's median value for housing units was $76,800 in 2019. An estimated 26.4% of the city lived at or below the poverty line.

At the census of 2010, there were 15,665 people, 6,486 households, and 3,763 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,047.7 people per square mile (1,176.9/km2). There were 7,477 housing units at an average density of 1,454.7 per square mile (561.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.4% White, 2.8% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.9% some other race, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.4% of the population.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 24.9% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older in 2010. The median age was 37.1 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.9 males.

For the period 2010–14, the estimated median annual income for a household in the city was $35,317, and the median income for a family was $47,114. Male full-time workers had a median income of $39,682 versus $30,288 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,949. About 20.7% of families and 25.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.4% of those under age 18 and 15.2% of those age 65 or over.


According to Sperling's BestPlaces, less than 30% of Gloversville professes religious affiliation as of 2020. The largest religious group in Gloversville and its area is Christianity, mainly served by the Roman Catholic, United Methodist, Presbyterian, Latter-Day Saints, and Episcopal churches. Conservative evangelical churches in the area are the Southern Baptist Convention and Assemblies of God. The second largest religious group is Judaism, followed by adherents of eastern religions including Hinduism and Buddhism.


The city of Gloversville was once a major center for the glovemaking industry in the United States. Since the Great Depression, the city has struggled with a declining population, poverty, and violent crime. During the late 2010s and early 2020, the city has proposed numerous economic redevelopment plans to stem its decline.


Gloversville falls entirely within the Gloversville Enlarged School District All of Gloversville ESD's schools are within city limits, with the exception of Meco Elementary, which is in the Town of Johnstown within 0.5 miles (0.80 km) of the city's western border. Nearby Fulton–Montgomery Community College is located in the Town of Johnstown.

Notable people

  • Actress Elizabeth Anne Allen, who played Amy Madison on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, was raised in Gloversville.
  • Actor Mischa Auer (1905-1967) is buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Gloversville.
  • Ambassador Samuel D. Berger (1911-1980) was born and grew up in Gloversville. He was President John F. Kennedy's first Ambassadorial appointment (to Korea), and later served as Deputy Ambassador to Vietnam.
  • Helen Broderick (1891–1959) film and stage actress, most known for Fifty Million Frenchmen and Top Hat. Her husband was Lester Crawford Pendergast (1885 -1962), an American film actor who most notably appeared in Fifty Million Frenchmen. They are the parents of Broderick Crawford and resided for a period of time on Temple Street in the late 1930s and 1940s. All are buried at Fern Dale Cemetery in Johnstown.
  • 1950s film actress Betty Buehler was raised in Gloversville.
  • Harvard University physician, pathologist, and immunologist Dr. Albert Coons grew up in Gloversville. Coons devised the technology of immunofluorescence microscopy and received the prestigious Albert Lasker Award in 1959 for his achievements in medical science.
  • Kenneth F. Cramer, United States Army, Major General and Chief of the National Guard Bureau, was born in Gloversville.
  • Physicist William A. Edelstein, one of the key developers of MRI scanning, was born in Gloversville.
  • In 1899, the Hollywood producer Samuel Goldwyn immigrated from Poland through England to Canada, walked through snow into the United States at an unmanned border point in rural Maine, eventually making his way to Gloversville, where he worked as a glove maker and commissioned salesman for the Elite Glove Company.
  • Eugene Goossen (1921–1997), an art historian, was born in Gloversville.
  • Hall of Fame harness racing driver Billy Haughton was born in Gloversville.
  • Actress Nicole Maines, who played Nia Nal aka Dreamer on Supergirl[disambiguation needed], was born in Gloversville.
  • Patrick Peterson, distance runner for the Atlanta Track Club based out of Atlanta, Georgia. Formerly of the Iowa Cyclones, where he was an All-American, and of Sacred Heart University in Connecticut, where Peterson won multiple New England titles.
  • Artist Frederic Remington was a one-time resident of Gloversville.
  • Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Russo (Empire Falls, The Risk Pool) was raised in Gloversville. The city and its residents were the inspiration for many of his characters and locations in his novels, especially his novel Mohawk.
  • David Smukler (1914–1971), NFL football player
  • Harriet Mabel Spalding (1862–1935) was a litterateur and poet.
  • Opera singer Sharon Sweet was born and raised in Gloversville. She has been a dramatic soprano in opera houses across the globe, performing 88 times at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, and singing alongside Plácido Domingo in the starring roles of eight different operas including Aida, Tannhauser and Don Giovanni. She also performed leading soprano roles at major opera houses in Berlin, Vienna, London and Japan. After her performing career ended she became a professor of voice at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Philadelphia. Her students have sung with major opera companies across the United States.

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