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Rensselaer Falls, New York
Country United States
State New York
County St. Lawrence
 • Total 0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)
 • Land 0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 328 ft (100 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 332
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 36-61159
GNIS feature ID 0976882

Rensselaer Falls is a village located in St. Lawrence County, New York, United States. As of the 2010 census, the village had a total population of 332. The current name came from mill owner Henry Van Rensselaer.

The Village of Rensselaer Falls is in the western part of the Town of Canton and is due west of the Village of Canton.


A six-foot drop in the river attracted early settlers to the available water power. The community was first called "Tateville" and later "Canton Falls." The current name was established by the Post Office in 1851.

The Congregational Church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.


Rensselaer Falls is located at 44°35'26" North, 75°19'16" West (44.590673, -75.321134).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2), of which, 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it is water. The total area is 6.25% water.

The village is on the bank of the Oswegatchie River.

The village is at the junction of County Roads 14 (Rensselaer Street) and 15 (Front/Heuvelton Street).

Rensselaer Falls borders the Upper and Lower Lakes Wildlife Management Area.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 328
1930 285 −13.1%
1940 265 −7.0%
1950 323 21.9%
1960 375 16.1%
1970 332 −11.5%
1980 360 8.4%
1990 316 −12.2%
2000 337 6.6%
2010 332 −1.5%
Est. 2015 322 −3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there are 337 people, 124 households, and 90 families residing in the village. Cows and dogs far outnumber people. The population density is 1,147.5 people per square mile (448.7/km²). There are 144 housing units at an average density of 490.3 per square mile (191.7/km²). The racial makeup of the village is 97.33% White, 0.00% African American, 0.59% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.00% from other races, and 1.78% from two or more races. 1.19% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 124 households out of which 41.1% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.8% are married couples living together, 16.1% have a female householder with no husband present, and 27.4% are non-families. 22.6% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.7% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.62 and the average family size is 3.04.

In the village, the population is spread out with 28.5% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 29.4% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 13.4% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 95.9 males.

The median income for a household in the village is $30,417, and the median income for a family is $33,125. Males have a median income of $30,625 versus $17,125 for females. The per capita income for the village is $13,190. 12.1% of the population and 12.2% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 18.3% of those under the age of 18 and 0.0% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Coordinates: 44°35′31″N 75°19′09″W / 44.59194°N 75.31917°W / 44.59194; -75.31917

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