Located in Montgomery County, Amsterdam was developed on both sides of the Mohawk River and is named for the city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands after the first Dutch immigrants who settled the area in 1710.
The history and heritage of Amsterdam stretches all the way back to the colonial days of the pre-Revolutionary War in the early 1700s to the creation of the byzantine Erie Canal that heralded the dawn of Montgomery County as "the Gateway to the West." Amsterdam is bordered to the southwest by Cooperstown in Otsego County and to the south by Schoharie County, as well as to our north by Fulton County in the foothills of the Adirondacks, and Saratoga County to our northeast.
The city of Amsterdam goes by the nickname; “small city, big heart.” The growing community is legendary throughout Tech Valley for its spirit, its warmth, and its safety. Residents rally around the high school sports teams, which have brought home state championships more than once.
Amsterdam boasts a kaleidoscope of colorful events, attractions and culture. It is their multiculturalism that makes the area so unique. Mohawk. British. Dutch. German. Hispanic. Irish. Italian. Polish. African. Puerto Rican. Pacific Islander. The people of Amsterdam are as varied as its landscape. Nowhere else in the area will you find such a rich collage of ethnic groups and cultures.
New York State Route 30, a north-south highway called Market Street in part, crosses the Mohawk River to link the main part of Amsterdam to the New York State Thruway. NY-30 also intersects east-west highways New York State Route 5 and New York State Route 67 in the city. New York State Route 5S passes along the south side of the Mohawk River.