Introduction to Utica, New York

Utica is located in Oneida County, in the central portion of the state of New York. The city is part of Mohawk Valley and is situated near the Mohawk River, New York Barge Canal and the Erie Canal. The city was named after a historic North African city which had been Rome's capital in Africa.


Old Fort Schuyler was the first settlement in the Utica area. It was established in 1758 and was utilized during the French and Indian War. The settlement was ruined during the American Revolutionary War by Tories and Native Americans. Companies began to build factories in Utica primarily due to the city being situated near the Erie Canal. During the late 19th Century Utica was recognized as the center of the textile industry for the country. However, during the mid-20th Century the vast majority of the textile companies vacated the city and established their factories in the southern portion of the country.

During the late 19th Century and the early stages of the 20th Century Utica became prominent in the tool an die business. In the beginning and middle portion of the 20th Century the city was home to a manufacturing facility of General Electric which produced radios. Utica was called "the Radio capital of the world." The town is part of the Northeastern Rust Belt which experienced a significant decline in the manufacturing industries.


Utica is served by the Hancock Airport, located in Syracuse and by the Albany International Airport.


  • Children's Museum of History, Natural History, Science & Technology
  • Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art
  • Oneida County Historical Society
  • The National Distance Running Hall of Fame
  • The Stanley Theater is a prominent location for a wide variety of performances
  • The Utica Marsh Wildlife Management Area is a wetland region featuring a large variety of plants, animals and birds
  • The Utica Symphony Orchestra
  • The Boilermaker 15K Road Race is one of the major 15K races in the country
  • The Oneida Silver Factory Store
  • The Historic Hotel Utica
  • Visitors can take tours of the nearby beautiful Adirondack Park which features views of forest areas, rivers and ponds
  • The Saranac Brewery Center is one of the oldest breweries in the country

Higher Education

Utica is home to State University of New York Institute of Technology, Utica College, the Utica School of Commerce and the Mohawk Valley Community College.


Total Population 61,628
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 14.8%
Employed Population 16+ 23,005
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 33.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.4%
Median Earnings25+ $26,208
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,799
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,490


Median Family Income $36,881
% Above Poverty Level 67.8%
% Below Poverty Level 32.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.3%
% Using Public Transportation 3.7%


People Living Alone 36.7%
Median Gross Rent $666
Median House Value $89,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 36.7%
US/American 0.1%
English 4%
Irish 9.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Utica Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 172 miles N of Newark, New Jersey
County Oneida
Metro Area Utica - Rome
Standard Zip Codes 13501, 13502
P.O. Box Zip Codes 13503, 13504, 13505
Company Zip Codes 13599
Phone Area Codes 315
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.1
Longitude -75.233

Utica Climate

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

Station UTICA
Distance 2.1 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 32 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 61 F
Annual Precip 41.9 inches
Distance 12.4 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 14.4 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 26 F
Apr Temp 29 to 52 F
Jul Temp 55 to 78 F
Oct Temp 34 to 56 F
Annual Precip 50.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Deerfield (13502)

Schuyler (13502)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Clark Mills 2,139 $60,023
New Hartford 22,090 $83,352

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Utica Public Libraries

Utica Public Library
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Utica Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(315) 798-8100
Emergency Service: Yes

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(315) 798-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 1,820 students.

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Savings Bank of Utica c1905.

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Savings Bank of Utica c1905.

Masonic home c1905.

Savings Bank between 1900 and 1915

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