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.


Total Population 6,490
Male Share of the Population 52%
Female Share of the Population 48%
Senior Citizens 16.4%
Employed Population 16+ 3,435
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 41.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.4%
Median Earnings25+ $31,501
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,813
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,391


Median Family Income $62,244
% Above Poverty Level 87.3%
% Below Poverty Level 12.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 1.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.6%
% Using Public Transportation 2.1%


People Living Alone 40.3%
Median Gross Rent $620
Median House Value $109,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.5%
US/American 0.1%
English 6.1%
Irish 22.6%

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

Solvay Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles W of Syracuse, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 135 miles E of Buffalo, New York
County Onondaga
Metro Area Syracuse
Standard Zip Codes 13209
Phone Area Codes 315
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.058
Longitude -76.207

Solvay Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 6.8 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 31 F
Apr Temp 35 to 56 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 40 to 60 F
Annual Precip 40 inches
Distance 21.1 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 26 F
Apr Temp 32 to 50 F
Jul Temp 56 to 76 F
Oct Temp 37 to 55 F
Annual Precip 45.8 inches
Distance 31.7 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 31 F
Apr Temp 34 to 54 F
Jul Temp 59 to 81 F
Oct Temp 39 to 59 F
Annual Precip 39.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Geddes (13209)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Galeville 4,821 $56,100

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

Solvay Public Libraries

Solvay Public Library
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(315) 468-2441
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Historic Solvay


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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