A Profile of Our Community

The rural village of DeRuyter is located in the central New York foothills, on State route 13, 20 miles northeast of Cortland, 14 miles east of Interstate 81, 14 miles Southwest of Cazenovia and 30 miles south of Syracuse.

DeRuyter Lake is 5 miles north of the village.

Other nearby central New York villages include Cuyler, Truxton, Tully, Fabius, Delphi Falls, New Woodstock, Georgetown, South Otselic, and Lincklaen.

The village and town of DeRuyter are in the southwest corner of Madison County with Cortland County bordering the village on the west and Chenango County two miles south.

The village lies in a 'hill and dale' setting at the confluence of four valleys. The east branch of the Tioughnioga River flows through the area. The elevation of the village and DeRuyter Lake is about 1300 feet above sea level. This makes the lake, which is about two miles long and three-quarters of a mile wide at its widest, one of the highest in the state. The deepest part of the lake is about sixty feet. The hills rise gently to elevations of 1800 - 2000 feet.

The town of DeRuyter, including the village, maintains a fairly stable population of about 1400 people. This includes a number of retirees and senior citizens with a sizable proportion of this group spending the cold weather months in warmer locations. Another group consists of those who commute to Syracuse or Cortland for work. There are also those that run or are employed by local businesses or services.

The school system overlaps into four other townships and three other counties which tends to make DeRuyter a focal point for this larger population group.

The community has several social and service organizations, an excellent fire department and rescue service, an ambulance service and a medical center.

In the summer lake residents swell the population by several hundreds. Hunters consider this a prime territory in season. The Fireman's Fair attracts thousands to the community in mid-August with its wide variety of events, exhibits, and activities.