Introduction to Oswego, New York

Oswego, New York, in Oswego county, is 33 miles NW of Syracuse, New York and 125 miles E of Buffalo, New York. The city is conveniently located inside the Syracuse metropolitan area. There are an estimated 17,954 people in Oswego.

Oswego History

Samuel de Champlain, a famed French explorer, visited this region in 1615. In 1722, the British created a trading post in this area. Soon after that, they fortified the trading post with a log palisade, which went on to be called Fort Oswego. The first permanent settlers came to this area in the early 19th century. Oswego was incorporated as a city in 1848. During World War II, it served as a home to around one thousand Jewish refugees.

Oswego and nearby Attractions

  • Fair Haven Beach State Park
  • Oswego Canal
  • Fort Ontario State Historic Site
  • H. Lee White Marine Museum
  • Richardson-Bates House Museum
  • Battle Island State Park

Things To Do In Oswego

Oswego’s history dates back to the 15th century. The H. Lee White Marine Museum, Fort Ontario and The Richardson-Bates House provide insight into the town's history. Many historical monuments and public parks can be found around the city as well. Excellent dining opportunities are available at the several nearby restaurants and cafes. Residents and visitors also enjoy hiking, boating and fishing. Oswego also has a public pool, two ice-skating rinks, a bowling alley and a movie theater at the Fort Ontario grounds.

Oswego Transportation

Syracuse Hancock International is the nearest major airport.

Oswego Higher Education

SUNY College is the local center for higher education. Syracuse University and Onondaga Community College are also within reach.


Total Population 18,119
Male Share of the Population 49.4%
Female Share of the Population 50.6%
Senior Citizens 15.7%
Employed Population 16+ 7,796
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 37.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 25.4%
Median Earnings25+ $35,755
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $12,076
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,509


Median Family Income $60,068
% Above Poverty Level 71.9%
% Below Poverty Level 28.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 1.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 8%
% Using Public Transportation 1.4%


People Living Alone 36.8%
Median Gross Rent $718
Median House Value $84,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.7%
US/American 0%
English 9.3%
Irish 29.6%

Oswego Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 33 miles NW of Syracuse, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 125 miles E of Buffalo, New York
County Oswego
Metro Area Syracuse
Standard Zip Codes 13126
Phone Area Codes 315
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.455
Longitude -76.51

Oswego Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 31 F
Apr Temp 36 to 53 F
Jul Temp 62 to 80 F
Oct Temp 43 to 59 F
Annual Precip 42.9 inches
Distance 31 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 32 F
Apr Temp 36 to 56 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 61 F
Annual Precip 38.3 inches
Distance 45.1 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 30 F
Apr Temp 32 to 55 F
Jul Temp 57 to 80 F
Oct Temp 37 to 59 F
Annual Precip 34.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Bundyville (13126)

Demster (13126)

Fruit Valley (13126)

Furniss (13126)

North Hannibal (13126)

Oswego Center (13126)

Scriba (13126)

Scriba Center (13126)

Seneca Hill (13126)

Southwest Oswego (13126)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Fair Haven 746 $71,250
Fulton 11,786 $42,622

Oswego Public Libraries

Oswego School District Public Library
Oswego, New York
(315) 341-5867

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Oswego Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(315) 349-5511
Emergency Service: Yes

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Historic Oswego


Light house and old Fort Ontario c1900.

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Light house and old Fort Ontario c1900.

Light house and Fort Ontario c1900.

Light house and Fort Ontario ca. 1900

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