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.
Adams is located in southern Jefferson County at 43°48′32″N 76°1′25″W / 43.80889°N 76.02361°W / 43.80889; -76.02361 (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 km), 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.
Sandy Creek is a stream that flows past the village on its south border.
At 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.
There were 705 households of which 29.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.4% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.6% were non-families. 33.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.96.
Age distribution was 26.1% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.1 males.
The median household income was $30,677, and the median family income was $41,667. Males had a median income of $31,058 versus $25,724 for females. The per capita income for the village was $18,452. About 12.1% of families and 15.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.6% of those under age 18 and 12.2% of those age 65 or over.