The Village of Round Lake is profoundly tied to its rich cultural past. Shows highlighting art, crafts and antiques are regularly held on Village grounds. The Round Lake Library, though small, continues operation and is an invaluable resource to the children of the Village, and, of course, to its adults. Since it maintains a large number of books pertaining to Victoriana and Victorian architecture, it is particularly useful to those seeking restoration information. Also of note are the organ and musical concerts regularly given in the Round Lake Auditorium.
Perhaps the most striking feature of the developed Village is its physical layout. That is, residences and other structures are generally arranged in concentric circles radiating from the Auditorium. Also extending from the Auditorium are narrow streets and pedestrian walkways, creating a hub and spoke pattern. The typical lot and its house is small. However, there is no lack of recreational space. Set throughout the Village are a multitude of parks and congregate areas. Residents are forced to go beyond the confines of their respective parcels in order to recreate. Open space, easily accessed by the pedestrian pathways, is heavily used. Residents thus become extremely familiar with each other. This is a secret of Village life; the "attitude" of community is a product of the physical layout of the Village.
Another feature of the Village is the variety of people as residents. There is a medley of age groups and job types which better reflect our diverse society rather than a suburb of residency.
The physical layout is partially responsible for the "campground atmosphere" so appreciated by residents. Also contributing to this setting are the mature tree stock and the relative isolation of the developed Village from the surrounding environs. The tree stock adds considerable beauty to the Village, and gives a sense of shelter. The isolation of the Village, accomplished by geography and the surrounding woodlands, allows and encourages the Village to maintain its unique character.
The architecture of the Village residences and other structures is generally campground Victorian (a notable exception is the circa 1920 municipal building). That is, many of the structures are camp houses, converted over the years to permanent residences. However, much Victorian detail and sensibility remain intact.
The architectural idiosyncrasies of the Victorian era help to maintain the Village's strong sense of community. First, those structures which retain the aesthetics of Victorian design encourage pride in their owners and interest to Villagers, generally. Also, design elements such as open porches, originally conceived as areas inviting of social contact, maintain their function today. Most other communities have long since lost these yesteryear structures to enclosed living space, and consequently lost an important piece of their social fabric.
The Village is, in many ways, a self-nurturing community. Within its confines are a multitude of recreational and social opportunities. A non-exclusive list is: the tennis and basketball courts, the baseball fields, the children's parks, the walking trails and the numerous parks. Such diversity and number of opportunities is owing to the original conception of the Village as a planned campground community wherein greatly esteemed were the benefits of social intercourse and development. Large building (camping) lots were eschewed in favor of large and numerous communal structures and parklands.
The Village of Round Lake is located in Saratoga County, New York.
As of the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 604.
Round Lake is located at 42°56'12" North, 73°47'37" West (42.936784, -73.793661) 1.
As of the census of 2000, there are 604 people, 257 households, and 160 families residing in the village. The population density is 215.9/km² (558.7/mi²). There are 280 housing units at an average density of 100.1/km² (259.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the village is 96.19% White, 0.50% African American, 0.83% Native American, 1.16% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.00% from other races, and 1.32% from two or more races. 0.99% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 257 households out of which 32.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.5% are married couples living together, 12.5% have a female householder with no husband present, and 37.7% are non-families. 30.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.1% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.35 and the average family size is 2.96.
In the village the population is spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 26.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 88.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 84.1 males.
The median income for a household in the village is $43,409, and the median income for a family is $49,375. Males have a median income of $35,859 versus $30,750 for females. The per capita income for the village is $20,320. 2.6% of the population and 1.3% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 1.1% are under the age of 18 and 8.0% are 65 or older.