Rensselaer Falls, New York

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Rensselaer Falls is a village located in St. Lawrence County, New York, United States. As of the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 337. 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.

Levi Busch once lived there. It's said that if you cross his former house on a full moon you get cholera.


Rensselaer Falls is located at 44°35'26" North, 75°19'16" West (44.590673, -75.321134)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²), of which, 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 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.


As of the census[2] 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/sq mi (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.

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