Why Lewis County?

Lewis County, NY

Located in the Northern section of New York State, scenic Lewis County is comprised of the historic Black River Valley, in between the Tug Hill Plateau to the West, the Adirondack Foothills to the East.

Strategically located just a short drive from many of the country's major cities, Lewis County is centrally located to where you need to go. Close to Canadian borders, Lewis County residents and businesses have easy access to Montreal and Toronto, Canada, just a few of the major cities to the North, and state interstate highways easily connect Lewis County to cities in Southern New York, such as Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo and New York City, making Lewis County an ideal place to live, work and play.

In the early days of development, the Black River served as a primary transportation corridor and hydropower source. As a result, a majority of the county's commercial and industrial facilities were built within the Black River Valley. Today, abundant resources, thriving industry clusters and a desirable quality of life have fostered the ideal balance of people, prosperity, and planet.


Centrally Located to Where You Need to Go.

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We are the North Country.

Lewis County Profile

Lewis County is home to a dedicated, homegrown workforce, thriving manufacturing and small businesses and a steady population. With its strategic advantage, low cost of living and inexpensive housing, Lewis County is the perfect place for business success in a beautiful country setting!

Quick Facts

Population: 26,296
Location: Northern New York
Nearest Cities: Syracuse, Utica, Watertown
Cost of Living Index: 94.9%
Unemployment Rate (September 2020): 4.5%

Physical Characteristics

Square Miles: 1,275 sq. mi.
Terrain: Rolling
Altitude: 856-2,110 ft.
Climate: Four Seasons


Median Age: 41.8 Years
Persons Under 18: 5,995
Persons 18 and Over: 20,301



Homeownership Rate: 78% NYS: 54%
Median Apartment Rental: $733 NYS: $1,240
Median Unit Value: $120,000

Income & Labor Force

Median Household Income: $52,380 NYS: $65,323
Average Weekly Wage: $840 NYS: $1,347
# Employed (non-farm): 5,800 NYS: 8,381,100


Employment by Sector

Natural Resources: 300
Manufacturing: 900
Services: 2,200
Government: 2,400


High School Diploma: 86.5%
Bachelor’s Degree: 35.9%


Watertown Intl. Airport – 37 Miles
Syracuse Hancock Intl. Airport – 88 miles
Highways: Interstate 81, NYS Thruway
State Roads: 12, 26, 812, 410, 126
Lewis County Public Transportation