Speculator, New York

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Speculator is a village in Hamilton County, New York, United States. The population was 348 at the 2000 census. The village is named after a nearby Speculator Mountain. The postal ZIP code is 12164.

The Village of Speculator is the only incorporated village within Hamilton County and is within the Town of Lake Pleasant. The village lies on the north end of a lake, also called Lake Pleasant. The local inhabitants sometimes refer to the village as the "Four Corners," referring to the intersection of NYS Route 8 and NYS Route 30 in the middle of the business district.

Speculator is within the Adirondack Park.



The village was formerly called "Newtons Corners," but was renamed after Speculator Mountain. Speculator was incorporated in 1925. The incorporation included a large amount of thinly populated land north of the village within its boundary, even though most of the population resides near the two large lakes separated by NY Route 8.


Speculator is located at 43°31′37″N 74°21′47″W / 43.52694°N 74.36306°W / 43.52694; -74.36306 (43.526920, -74.363185)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 47.2 square miles (122.3 km²), of which, 44.7 square miles (115.6 km²) of it is land and 2.6 square miles (6.7 km²) of it (5.46%) is water.

Speculator Mountain with an altitude of 2977 feet (907 m) is south of the village.

Lake Pleasant and Sacandaga Lake are west of the village. The Sacandaga River assumes its riverine nature from the outflow of Lake Pleasant at Speculator, although the much of the water flows from Sacandaga Lake through the Sacandaga Lake Outlet into Lake Pleasant underneath NY-8 southwest of the village.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 348 people, 163 households, and 94 families residing in the village. The population density was 7.8 people per square mile (3.0/km²). There were 484 housing units at an average density of 10.8/sq mi (4.2/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.26% White, 1.72% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 1.15% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.72% of the population.

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