Adams is a village in the town of Adams in Jefferson County, New York, United States. The population was 1,775 at the 2010 census. The village is named after President John Adams. The village was first settled around 1800 and was called “Smith’s Mills”. It was incorporated in 1851. The historic core of the village was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006 as the Adams Commercial Historic District. and the Smith-Ripley House was listed in 2008.Adams is located in southern Jefferson County at 43°48′32″N 76°1′25″W (43.809088, -76.02385), in the southern part of the town of Adams. According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.45 square miles (3.75 km2), all of it recorded as land.
The village is adjacent to Interstate 81 and is located on U.S. Route 11 at New York State Route 178. I-81 and US-11 lead north 13 miles (21 km) to Watertown, the county seat, and south 55 miles (89 km) to Syracuse. NY-178 leads west 9 miles (14 km) to Henderson. t the 2000 census, there were 1,624 people, 705 households and 425 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,054.0 per square mile (407.2/km2). There were 781 housing units at an average density of 506.9 per square mile (195.8/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.91% White, 0.74% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.18% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.11% of the population.
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