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Overview

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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population17,880
Male Share of the Population50%
Female Share of the Population50%
Senior Citizens14.1%
Employed Population 16+7,505
Age of the Population34

Families

% of people married39.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher27.7%
Median Earnings25+$31,943
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,328

Wealth

Median Family Income$53,449
% Above Poverty Level71.1%
% Below Poverty Level28.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home0.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work8.5%
% Using Public Transportation1.8%

Housing

People Living Alone33.7%
Median Gross Rent$720
Median House Value$84,100

Ancestry

Irish26.3%
Italian18.3%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)14.9%
English9.2%
French Except Basque8.2%
Polish8.1%
Canadian2.2%
Dutch2.1%
Russian2%
Scottish1.6%
Welsh0.9%
Swedish0.7%
Arab0.6%
Norwegian0.4%
Austrian0.4%
Ukrainian0.3%
African0.3%
Portuguese0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Belgian0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Egyptian0.2%
Brazilian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Czech0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Jamaican0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
German0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Ghanaian0.1%
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Oswego Almanac

CategoryValue
County Oswego County
Standard Zip Codes13126
Phone Area Codes315
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude43.45
Approximate Longitude-76.5

Oswego Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationOSWEGO EAST
Distance1 miles
Jan Temp17 to 31 F
Apr Temp36 to 53 F
Jul Temp62 to 80 F
Oct Temp43 to 59 F
Annual Precip42.9 inches
StationSODUS CENTER
Distance31 miles
Jan Temp17 to 32 F
Apr Temp36 to 56 F
Jul Temp61 to 82 F
Oct Temp42 to 61 F
Annual Precip38.3 inches
StationWATERTOWN AP
Distance45.1 miles
Jan Temp8 to 30 F
Apr Temp32 to 55 F
Jul Temp57 to 80 F
Oct Temp37 to 59 F
Annual Precip34.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Fair Haven777$60,500
Fulton11,622$48,694
Hannibal4,726$54,286
Mexico5,156$65,263
Minetto1,459$85,795
Red Creek661$36,250

Oswego Public Libraries

Oswego School District Public Library
120 EAST SECOND STREET
Oswego, New York
(315) 341-5867

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Oswego Hospitals

Oswego Hospital - Alvin L Krakau Comm Mtl Health Center Div
74 Bunner Street
Oswego Hospital
(Non-profit)
110 W 6th St
(315) 343-8162

Oswego Public Schools

Buccaneer Junior/senior High School (the)
120 E 1st St
ZIP: 13126
(315) 341-2070
Charles E Riley Elementary School
269 E 8th St
ZIP: 13126
(315) 341-2800
Primary
Total Enrollment 434
Fitzhugh Park Elementary School
E 10th & Bridge Sts
ZIP: 13126
(315) 341-2400
Primary
Total Enrollment 463
Kingsford Park Elementary School
275 W 5th St
ZIP: 13126
(315) 341-2500
Primary
Total Enrollment 440
Leighton Elementary School
1 Buccaneer Blvd
ZIP: 13126
(315) 341-2700
Primary
Total Enrollment 331
Oswego High School
2 Buccaneer Blvd
ZIP: 13126
(315) 341-2200
High
Total Enrollment 1206
Oswego Middle School
Mark Fitzgibbons Dr
ZIP: 13126
(315) 341-2300
Middle
Total Enrollment 577

Oswego Private Schools

Oswego Community Christian School
400 E Albany St
ZIP: 13126
Elementary
Total Enrollment 66
Trinity Catholic School
115 E 5th St
ZIP: 13126
Elementary
Total Enrollment 116
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Historic Oswego

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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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