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Overview

Introduction to Solvay, New York

Solvay, New York, in Onondaga County, is 3 miles W of Syracuse, New York and 135 miles E of Buffalo, New York. The village is included in the Syracuse metropolitan area.

Solvay History

Solvay is located in Onondaga County, New York. The village was founded by James Geddes in 1794, and named Geddesville. The earliest residents in this area were predominantly Irish, followed by South Tyrolians and Poles. Today, Italian Americans make up the majority of Solvay’s population. Its name was changed from Geddesville to Solvay in 1884, after the Solvay processing company built a plant in the area and began producing soda ash. Solvay was formally incorporated as a village in 1895.

Solvay and nearby Attractions

  • Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum
  • Lorenzo State Historic Site
  • Oneida Shores County Park
  • Rosamond Gifford Zoo
  • Silverman Planetarium

Things To Do In Solvay

Nearby museums include the Bridge House Museum, the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum and the Everson Museum of Art. Nearby parks include Chittenango Falls State Park, Green Lakes State Park and Oneida Shores County Park. The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is nearby as well.

Solvay Transportation

Air transportation is available from Syracuse Hancock International Airport.

Solvay Higher Education

Nearby colleges and universities include Syracuse University, Onondaga Community College, Le Moyne College and SUNY College at Cortland.

Demographics

People

Total Population6,455
Male Share of the Population50.2%
Female Share of the Population49.8%
Senior Citizens17%
Employed Population 16+3,336
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married37.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher24%
Median Earnings25+$31,651
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,833
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,536

Wealth

Median Family Income$56,004
% Above Poverty Level85.2%
% Below Poverty Level14.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.5%
% Using Public Transportation3%

Housing

People Living Alone40.4%
Median Gross Rent$648
Median House Value$108,800

Ancestry

Italian33.2%
Irish26%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)19%
German14%
Polish8.4%
English7.3%
French Except Basque6.4%
Ukrainian1.9%
Canadian1.7%
Dutch1.3%
Scottish1%
Greek0.8%
Austrian0.8%
Hungarian0.6%
Russian0.6%
Portuguese0.5%
Czech0.3%
Welsh0.2%
Arab0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Danishn0.1%
Swedish0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
US/American0.1%
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Solvay Almanac

CategoryValue
County Onondaga County
Standard Zip Codes13209
Phone Area Codes315
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude43.07
Approximate Longitude-76.22

Solvay Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationSYRACUSE HANCOCK INTL AP
Distance6.8 miles
Jan Temp14 to 31 F
Apr Temp35 to 56 F
Jul Temp60 to 82 F
Oct Temp40 to 60 F
Annual Precip40 inches
StationTULLY HEIBERG FOREST
Distance21.1 miles
Jan Temp10 to 26 F
Apr Temp32 to 50 F
Jul Temp56 to 76 F
Oct Temp37 to 55 F
Annual Precip45.8 inches
StationCORTLAND
Distance31.7 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Galeville4,768$57,176
Liverpool2,252$70,074
Lyncourt3,719$62,154
Mattydale6,555$56,010

Solvay Public Libraries

Solvay Public Library
615 WOODS ROAD
Solvay, New York
(315) 468-2441

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Solvay Public Schools

Solvay Elementary School
701 Woods Rd
ZIP: 13209
(315) 488-5422
Primary
Total Enrollment 453
Solvay High School
600 Gertrude Ave
ZIP: 13209
(315) 468-2551
High
Total Enrollment 547
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Historic Solvay

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Solvay Process Co.'s works between 1890 and 1901

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Solvay Process Co.'s works between 1890 and 1901

Solvay Process Co.'s plant c1905.

Solvay Process Co.'s works between 1890 and 1901

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