The North Country is a large, mostly rural region near the Canadian border that is sparsely populated and peppered with small towns and cities, such as Lake Placid and Plattsburgh. With more than 300,000 residents, the area encompasses a substantial swath of New York’s land area, and includes the Adirondack Park forest preserve. Like the rest of upstate New York, the North Country has seen little net population or job growth over the past few decades, in part because of steep declines in the region’s manufacturing sector. The area includes several higher education institutions, which serve as key employers in the region. Other important local job sectors include health care, retail, tourism, agriculture, manufacturing, timber, and prisons.
|North Country||Watertown*||Glens Falls*||New York State||USA|
|Pop growth, 10-year change1||-3.1%||-2.8%||-2.8%||1.7%||7.6%|
|Job growth, 5-year change1||3.2%||-0.2%||1.6%||8.0%||9.3%|
|Median household income2||$52,000||$50,000||$56,000||$64,000||$60,000|
|Median home price2||$110,000||$140,000||$169,000||$300,000||$200,000|
|Pop share age 25+ with BA+2||21.9%||21.2%||25.5%||36.0%||32.0%|