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Overview

Introduction to Ithaca, New York

The New York city of Ithaca, which sits in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, is the county seat of Tompkins County. Named for the Greek island of Ithaca, the city is situated 33 miles northeast of Elmira, 50 miles northwest of Binghamton, and about 60 miles south of Syracuse. Ithaca is noted for being home to Cornell University and also Ithaca College.

By the time of Ithaca's incorporation as a city in 1888, Cornell University had already marked the 20th anniversary of its founding by Ezra Cornell. A few years later, in 1892, W. Grant Egbert founded the Ithaca Conservatory of Music, later to become Ithaca College. During the early 20th century, Ithaca was an important center in the silent film industry, spearheaded by the Wharton brothers, film makers who set up a motion picture studio and shot several silent films at a site which is now Stewart Park. Today Ithaca relies chiefly on education and manufacturing to drive its expanding economy, with a significant amount of support from tourism, viniculture, and high technology.

Things to do in the Ithaca Area

Tourists converge on the Ithaca area to take in its natural scenery and its numerous hiking, skiing, and bicycling trails. In addition, the region surrounding Ithaca is populated with several wineries, many of which specialize in varietals of the native Labrusca grape. Ithaca is also home to a number of historical societies and museums, including the following:

  • The Sciencenter
  • Paleontological Research Institution's Museum of the Earth
  • F.R. Newman Arboretum
  • Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Fine Art
  • Historic Ithaca's State Theatre
  • Museum of the Earth at PRI

Recreational sites in and around Ithaca include the following:

  • Buttermilk Falls State Park
  • Robert H. Treman State Park
  • Cayuga Lake
  • Taughannock Falls State Park
  • Beebe Lake
  • Ithaca Falls
  • Cass Park Rink & Pool
  • Ringwood Raceway

Sports fans can catch some pro action less than an hour's drive away. The nearby city of Elmira is home to the Elmira Jackals, a pro hockey team in the United Hockey League (UHL). The city of Auburn (40 miles to the north) is the home town of the Auburn Doubledays, a Minor League Class-A baseball farm team of the Toronto Blue Jays. Nearby Binghamton hosts two professional teams: the Binghamton Mets (a Minor League Baseball Class-AA affiliate of the New York Mets) and the Binghamton Senators (a pro hockey Ottawa Senators affiliate playing in the American Hockey League). A 60-mile drive north to the city of Syracuse will find the Syracuse Sky Chiefs, a Minor League baseball team which is the AAA Blue Jays affiliate, and the Syracuse Crunch, an American Hockey League team affiliated with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Demographics

People

Total Population30,720
Male Share of the Population50.4%
Female Share of the Population49.6%
Senior Citizens5.8%
Employed Population 16+12,089
Age of the Population22

Families

% of people married16.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher64.4%
Median Earnings25+$33,959
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,943

Wealth

Median Family Income$79,375
% Above Poverty Level56.6%
% Below Poverty Level43.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time16 minutes
% Working from Home7.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work41%
% Using Public Transportation12.8%

Housing

People Living Alone42.5%
Median Gross Rent$1,086
Median House Value$233,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)34.4%
Irish9.3%
Italian6.7%
English5.5%
Polish3.5%
French Except Basque2.3%
Russian1.9%
Scottish1.4%
Swedish1.3%
Norwegian0.8%
Welsh0.8%
Ukrainian0.7%
Hungarian0.6%
Canadian0.6%
Greek0.6%
Arab0.6%
West Indian0.4%
Lithuanian0.4%
Iranian0.3%
Croatian0.3%
Jamaican0.3%
African0.3%
Czech0.3%
Finnish0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Syrian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Turkish0.2%
German0.2%
Haitian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Icelander0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Dutch0.1%
Guyanese0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Serbian0.1%
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Ithaca Almanac

CategoryValue
County Tompkins County
Standard Zip Codes14853, 14850, 14882
P.O. Box Zip Codes14851, 14852
Phone Area Codes607
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.44
Approximate Longitude-76.5

Ithaca Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationITHACA CORNELL UNIV
Distance2.5 miles
Jan Temp14 to 31 F
Apr Temp33 to 55 F
Jul Temp57 to 80 F
Oct Temp37 to 59 F
Annual Precip36.7 inches
StationCORTLAND
Distance19.4 miles
Jan Temp15 to 31 F
Apr Temp34 to 54 F
Jul Temp59 to 81 F
Oct Temp39 to 59 F
Annual Precip39.3 inches
StationWAVERLY
Distance30.5 miles
Jan Temp13 to 33 F
Apr Temp32 to 58 F
Jul Temp57 to 83 F
Oct Temp36 to 61 F
Annual Precip35.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Freeville399$73,750
Trumansburg1,818$82,198

Ithaca Public Libraries

Tompkins County Public Library
101 EAST GREEN STREET
Ithaca, New York
(607) 272-4557

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Ithaca Hospitals

Cayuga Medical Center
(Non-profit)
101 Dates Dr
(607) 274-4011

Ithaca Public Schools

Belle Sherman School
501 Mitchell St
ZIP: 14850
(607) 274-2206
Primary
Total Enrollment 379
Beverly J Martin Elementary School
302 W Buffalo St
ZIP: 14850
(607) 274-2209
Primary
Total Enrollment 312
Boynton Middle School
1601 N Cayuga St
ZIP: 14850
(607) 274-2241
Middle
Total Enrollment 567
Cayuga Heights Elementary School
110 E Upland Rd
ZIP: 14850
(607) 257-8557
Primary
Total Enrollment 364
Dewitt Middle School
560 Warren Rd
ZIP: 14850
(607) 257-3222
Middle
Total Enrollment 502
Enfield School
20 Enfield Main Rd
ZIP: 14850
(607) 274-2221
Primary
Total Enrollment 222
Fall Creek Elementary School
202 King St
ZIP: 14850
(607) 274-2214
Primary
Total Enrollment 232
Ithaca Senior High School
1401 N Cayuga St
ZIP: 14850
(607) 274-2145
High
Total Enrollment 1395
Lehman Alternative Community School
111 Chestnut St
ZIP: 14850
(607) 274-2183
Other
Total Enrollment 300
New Roots Charter School
116 N Cayuga St
ZIP: 14850
(607) 882-9220
High
Total Enrollment 155
Northeast School
425 Winthrop Dr
ZIP: 14850
(607) 257-2121
Primary
Total Enrollment 368
South Hill School
520 Hudson St
ZIP: 14850
(607) 274-2129
Primary
Total Enrollment 324
Tompkins-seneca-tioga Boces
555 Warren Rd
ZIP: 14850
(607) 257-1551
Other
Total Enrollment 232

Ithaca Private Schools

Cascadilla School
116 Summit Ave
ZIP: 14850
Secondary
Total Enrollment 41
Eac Montessori School
120 E King Rd
ZIP: 14850
Elementary
Total Enrollment 158
Immaculate Conception School
320 W Buffalo St
ZIP: 14850
Elementary
Total Enrollment 68
Ithaca Montessori School
12 Ascot Pl
ZIP: 14850
Elementary
Total Enrollment 4
Ithaca Waldorf School
402 Aurora St
ZIP: 14850
Elementary
Total Enrollment 34
Namaste Montessori School
1608 Trumansburg Rd
ZIP: 14850
Elementary
Total Enrollment 22
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Historic Ithaca

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Ithaca Falls Gorge near power house c1900.

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Ithaca Falls Gorge near power house c1900.

Lincoln Hall (Cornell University) c1900.

Library (Cornell University) between 1900 and 1915

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