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New York is a state in the northeastern United States. Majority of the population is concentrated in the southern portion around New York City, the state is often regionalized into Upstate and Downstate. New York is the home of Ellis Island, where many immigrants in the early 20th century arrived in the United States.

Potsdam is a small town located near the U.S.Canadian border in rural Saint Lawrence County, New York. The population of the town was 15,957 at the 2000 census. The town is named after the city of Potsdam in Germany. The town of Potsdam also contains a village named Potsdam. Potsdam is centrally located within the county. As of the 2005 U.S. Census estimate the population of the town was16, 220. 

David Clarkson and Garret van Horn were early investors in the town, and settlement began around 1803. The town was established in 1806 from part of the town of Madrid. Potsdam is one of the original ten towns of St. Lawrence County. St. Lawrence Academy, the predecessor of the State University of New York at Potsdam was founded in 1816. In 1896 Clarkson University was founded.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 267.9 square kilometers, out of which 262.8 square kilometers of its land is covered by and 5.2 square kilometers is occupied by water. The Raquette River flows northward through the town.

In the town the population was spread out with 17.2 percent under the age of 18, 36.8 percent from 18 to 24, 19.9 percent from 25 to 44, 16.2 percent from 45 to 64, and 9.9 percent who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 23 years. For every 100 females there were 105.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.2 males.

The various locations in Potsdam are Bucks Bridge, Casey Corners, Hewittville, Sissonville, Slab City, Unionville and West Potsdam. Potsdam can also be considered as the preeminent, historical and potential tourism place that enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers to become one of the most visited places.

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