Introduction to Oneida, New York

Oneida, New York, in Madison county, is 21 miles W of Utica, New York and 163 miles E of Buffalo, New York . The city is included in the Syracuse metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 10,987 people lived in Oneida.

Oneida History

The present day city of Oneida was founded as a religious community by John Humphrey Noyes in 1848. It was named after the Oneida Indians, who originally occupied the region. The Oneida Indians were among the few members of Iroquois Confederation who allied with the Revolutionaries during the American Revolution. They still occupy some territory in the area. The city was quite famous for its silverware at one time.

Oneida and nearby Attractions

  • Oneida Creek
  • Erie Canal
  • Cottage Lawn
  • Mansion House
  • Verona Beach State Park
  • Madison County Historical Society

Things To Do In Oneida

Recreational waterways like the Oneida Creek and Erie Canal are situated at the perimeter of the city's boundaries. Several parks dot the city evenly. There are 10 public tennis courts in Oneida and more than 100 acres of parkland that is used for organized youth sports, fishing, mountain biking, hiking and cross country skiing. There is a winter ice skating rink as well. Oneida is located near the center of the New York State Canalway Trail System; a network of over 260 miles of multi-use, recreational trails.

Oneida Transportation

Air transportation facilities are available at Syracuse Hancock International Airport.

Oneida Higher Education

Colgate University, Mohawk Valley Community College and Le Moyne College provide facilities for higher education.


Total Population 11,290
Male Share of the Population 47.8%
Female Share of the Population 52.2%
Senior Citizens 14.1%
Employed Population 16+ 5,031
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 46.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.1%
Median Earnings25+ $33,518
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,828
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,321


Median Family Income $57,389
% Above Poverty Level 85.3%
% Below Poverty Level 14.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.2%
% Using Public Transportation 1%


People Living Alone 32.6%
Median Gross Rent $680
Median House Value $108,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.4%
US/American 0%
English 12.5%
Irish 17.5%

Oneida Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 21 miles W of Utica, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 163 miles E of Buffalo, New York
County Madison
Metro Area Syracuse
Standard Zip Codes 13421
Phone Area Codes 315
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.092
Longitude -75.651

Oneida Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 14.1 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 29 F
Apr Temp 36 to 54 F
Jul Temp 60 to 80 F
Oct Temp 40 to 58 F
Annual Precip 45.2 inches
Distance 16 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 30 F
Apr Temp 35 to 55 F
Jul Temp 59 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 59 F
Annual Precip 46.2 inches
Distance 18.4 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 28 F
Apr Temp 31 to 52 F
Jul Temp 55 to 78 F
Oct Temp 35 to 57 F
Annual Precip 42.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Oneida, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Kenwood (13421)

Merrillsville (13421)

Scribner Corners (13421)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Canastota 4,741 $60,888
Oneida Castle 698 $49,688

Oneida Public Libraries

Oneida Public Library
Oneida, New York
(315) 363-3050
Library Web Site

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Oneida Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(315) 363-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

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