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Overview

Introduction to Binghamton, New York

Nestled in the southern tier of upstate New York is the city of Binghamton, which serves as the county seat of Broome County. The city is located only a few miles from the Pennsylvania border. Nearest big cities are Elmira (56 miles to the west), Syracuse (73 miles to the north) and Scranton, Pennsylvania (60 miles to the south).

Incorporated as a village in 1834 before becoming a city in 1867, Binghamton was named after William Bingham, a wealthy Philadelphia banker and area landowner of the late 1700s who provided the impetus for the creation of a new village at the meeting of the Susquehanna and Chenango Rivers. One of the most significant developments in the city's history was the evolution of a firm that started in 1889 as the Bundy Manufacturing Company. Initially focused on the production of time clocks, the company went through several mergers and a variety of name changes before the 1914 hiring of Thomas Watson, Sr., under whose corporate leadership the firm changed its name for the final time to International Business Machines. IBM has since become a corporate giant in addition to Binghamton's leading employer. Another major development came about during the Depression era when Binghamton resident Edwin A. Link developed the pilot trainer, or flight simulator. Since that time, Link Aviation and its successor companies have been world leaders in training of pilots, and the associated technology has spawned a bonanza of products on today's markets. Binghamton is also home to Binghamton University, the top ranked university in the New York State University system and a major force in the community in terms of employment, education, athletics, and arts.

Points of Interest in and around Binghamton

Binghamton is often referred to as the "carousel capital of the world." In the 1930s, George F. Johnson, a local manufacturer who was also a great benefactor to the Binghamton area, donated six antique Herschell carousels to local parks. Available for riding at no charge from Memorial Day to Labor Day, all six are now on the New York State Historic Register and the National Register of Historic Places. Binghamton is also home to the Ross Park Zoo, the fifth oldest zoo in the nation. Nearby Vestal, located 10 miles southwest of Binghamton, is home to Kopernik Observatory, the largest public observatory in the northeast. Other Binghamton area attractions include:

  • Rod Serling Museum: Honoring the "Twilight Zone" creator and former Binghamton resident.
  • The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier: A hands on, interactive museum for children and families.
  • Galumpha: A cutting-edge theatrical presentation filled with comedy, dance, food, and audience participation.
  • Roberson Museum and Science Center
  • Cutler Botanic Garden
  • The Art Mission: A non-profit community art center.
  • Hanford Mills Museum
  • North East Classic Car Museum
  • Downtown Binghamton Farmers' Market
  • Binghamton Philharmonic
  • Binghamton University Orchestra

The sports scene in Binghamton is dominated by two professional teams. The Binghamton Mets are a Minor League Baseball franchise playing in the Eastern League. They are the Class-AA affiliate of the New York Mets. Hockey's Binghamton Senators are a team in the American Hockey League (AHL) affiliated with the National Hockey League's Ottawa Senators.

Demographics

People

Total Population46,277
Male Share of the Population49.3%
Female Share of the Population50.7%
Senior Citizens16.6%
Employed Population 16+18,522
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married29.6%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher23.5%
Median Earnings25+$25,824
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,053
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,288

Wealth

Median Family Income$42,813
% Above Poverty Level66.4%
% Below Poverty Level33.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work8.1%
% Using Public Transportation8.3%

Housing

People Living Alone39%
Median Gross Rent$661
Median House Value$87,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)26%
Irish19.2%
Italian13.2%
English9.2%
Polish4.7%
Slovak2.5%
West Indian2.5%
Arab2.3%
French Except Basque2%
Russian1.8%
Dutch1.5%
Scottish1.4%
Welsh0.9%
African0.8%
Greek0.8%
Jamaican0.7%
Austrian0.7%
Haitian0.7%
Canadian0.6%
Ukrainian0.6%
US/American0.5%
Swedish0.5%
Czech0.5%
Lebanese0.5%
Trinidad Tobago0.4%
Lithuanian0.4%
Iranian0.4%
Norwegian0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
German0.3%
Turkish0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Croatian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Romanian0.1%
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Binghamton Almanac

CategoryValue
County Broome County
Standard Zip Codes13901, 13903, 13904, 13905
P.O. Box Zip Codes13902
Phone Area Codes607
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.1
Approximate Longitude-75.91

Binghamton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationBINGHAMTON BROOME CO AP
Distance7.8 miles
Jan Temp15 to 28 F
Apr Temp35 to 53 F
Jul Temp59 to 78 F
Oct Temp40 to 57 F
Annual Precip38.6 inches
StationENDICOTT
Distance8.5 miles
Jan Temp14 to 32 F
Apr Temp33 to 56 F
Jul Temp57 to 81 F
Oct Temp37 to 61 F
Annual Precip38.2 inches
StationDEPOSIT
Distance25 miles
Jan Temp13 to 32 F
Apr Temp33 to 58 F
Jul Temp57 to 81 F
Oct Temp38 to 61 F
Annual Precip43.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Apalachin1,344$71,818
Endicott13,073$46,658
Endwell11,640$78,235

Binghamton Public Libraries

Broome County Public Library
185 COURT STREET
Binghamton, New York
(607) 778-6400
Fenton Free Library
1062 CHENANGO STREET
Binghamton, New York
(607) 724-8649

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Binghamton Hospitals

Uhs Binghamton General Hospital
(Non-profit)
10 42 Mitchell Avenue
(607) 762-2200
Our Lady Of Lourdes Memorial Hospital
(Non-profit)
169 Riverside Dr
(607) 584-5500

Binghamton Public Schools

Chenango Valley High School
221 Chenango Bridge Rd
ZIP: 13901
(607) 762-6900
High
Total Enrollment 505
Chenango Forks Elementary School
6 Patch Rd
ZIP: 13901
(607) 648-7520
Primary
Total Enrollment 681
Chenango Forks Middle School
1 Gordon Dr
ZIP: 13901
(607) 648-7576
Middle
Total Enrollment 358
Port Dickinson Elementary School
221 Chenango Bridge Rd
ZIP: 13901
(607) 762-6970
Primary
Total Enrollment 615
Chenango Bridge Elementary School
221 Chenango Bridge Rd
ZIP: 13901
(607) 762-6950
Middle
Total Enrollment 361
Macarthur School
1051 Chenango St
ZIP: 13901
(607) 763-8485
Primary
Total Enrollment 475
Chenango Valley Middle School
221 Chenango Bridge Rd
ZIP: 13901
(607) 762-6902
Middle
Total Enrollment 261
Chenango Forks High School
1 Gordon Dr
ZIP: 13901
(607) 648-7544
High
Total Enrollment 468
Theodore Roosevelt School
9 Ogden St
ZIP: 13901
(607) 762-8283
Primary
Total Enrollment 451
Brookside Elementary School
3849 Saddlemire Rd
ZIP: 13903
(607) 669-4105
Primary
Total Enrollment 369
Benjamin Franklin Elementary School
262 Conklin Ave
ZIP: 13903
(607) 762-8344
Primary
Total Enrollment 526
East Middle School
167 E Frederick St
ZIP: 13904
(607) 762-8315
Middle
Total Enrollment 584
Greater Binghamton Health Center
425 Robinson St
ZIP: 13904
(607) 773-4232
Other
Total Enrollment 17
Calvin Coolidge School
261 Robinson St
ZIP: 13904
(607) 762-8291
Primary
Total Enrollment 337
Woodrow Wilson School
287 Prospect St
ZIP: 13905
(607) 763-8442
Primary
Total Enrollment 450
Binghamton High School
31 Main St
ZIP: 13905
(607) 762-8239
High
Total Enrollment 1600
Thomas Jefferson School
151 Helen St
ZIP: 13905
(607) 763-8431
Primary
Total Enrollment 331
West Middle School
W Middle Ave
ZIP: 13905
(607) 763-8401
Middle
Total Enrollment 668
Horace Mann School
30 College St
ZIP: 13905
(607) 762-8273
Primary
Total Enrollment 327
Broome-delaware-tioga Boces
435 Glenwood Rd
ZIP: 13905
(607) 766-3802
Other
Total Enrollment 967

Binghamton Private Schools

Seton Catholic At All Saints
1112 Broad St
ZIP: 13760
Elementary
Total Enrollment 149
Central Baptist Christian Academy
1606 State Route 12
ZIP: 13901
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 152
Children's Home Of Wyoming Conference
1182 Chenango St
ZIP: 13901
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 88
St John The Evangelist School
9 Livingston St
ZIP: 13903
Elementary
Total Enrollment 146
Seton Catholic-central High School
70 Seminary Ave
ZIP: 13905
Secondary
Total Enrollment 384
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Historic Binghamton

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Court house between 1890 and 1901

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Court house between 1890 and 1901

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