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Overview

Introduction to Syracuse, New York

Incorporated as a village in 1824, and as a city in 1848, Syracuse is home to approximately 150,000 inhabitants. The metropolitan area, including Auburn, has a population of about 730,000. Syracuse is located in the center of New York state. It sits 35 miles southwest of Lake Ontario, and 200 miles northwest of New York City.

Syracuse lies in the homeland of the Onondaga Nation of the Iroquois Confederacy. The first Europeans were French missionaries and traders who could not remain due to the Iroquois alliance with the British. Notable events in the city's history are the post-war granting of land to ex-officers of the Continental Army, discovery of salt in nearby swamps, and completion of the Erie Canal in 1825.

Total precipitation in Syracuse is about 40.5 inches per year. Snowfalls average 121.1 inches annually. Temperatures reach 90 degrees an average of eight days each summer. July average daily high and low temperatures are 81.7 and 60.1 degrees Fahrenheit. January average daily highs and lows are 31.4 and 14.0 degrees Fahrenheit.

The services and education industries are the largest employers in the Syracuse area, followed by the utilities and manufacturing industries. The largest businesses include:

  • Syracuse University
  • State University of New York Upstate Medical University
  • National Grid
  • Wegmans Food Markets
  • Oneida Nation and Oneida Nation Enterprises
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center
  • Magna International
  • Verizon Communications

Arts and Leisure

Syracuse cultural, historical and leisure attractions include:

  • The Syracuse University Art Collection
  • The Everson Museum of Art
  • The Community Folk Art Center
  • The Onondaga Civic Symphony Orchestra
  • The Syracuse Symphony Orchestra
  • The Syracuse Opera
  • The Central New York Ballet
  • The Museum of Science & Technology (MOST)
  • The Erie Canal Museum
  • The Salt Museum
  • The Onondaga Historical Association Museum

Syracuse sports teams include:

  • The Syracuse SkyChiefs, a Triple-A baseball club of the International League affiliated with the Toronto Blue Jays
  • The Syracuse Crunch Hockey Club of the American Hockey League
  • The athletic teams at Syracuse University which compete in the NCAA Division I Big East Conference

People

Total Population 144,564
Male Share of the Population 47.1%
Female Share of the Population 52.9%
Senior Citizens 11.3%
Employed Population 16+ 56,071
Age of the Population 30

Families

% of people married 26.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26.4%
Median Earnings25+ $30,343
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,989
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,524

Wealth

Median Family Income $40,369
% Above Poverty Level 65.2%
% Below Poverty Level 34.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 12.2%
% Using Public Transportation 9.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 39.9%
Median Gross Rent $730
Median House Value $88,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 42.7%
US/American 0.1%
English 5%
Irish 14.4%

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

Syracuse Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 138 miles E of Buffalo, New York
County Onondaga
Metro Area Syracuse
Standard Zip Codes 13202, 13203, 13204, 13205, 13206, 13207, 13208, 13209, 13210, 13211, 13212, 13214, 13215, 13219, 13224, 13290
P.O. Box Zip Codes 13201, 13217, 13218, 13220, 13221, 13235, 13261
Company Zip Codes 13225, 13244, 13250, 13251, 13252, 13260
Phone Area Codes 315
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.048
Longitude -76.147

Syracuse Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station SYRACUSE HANCOCK INTL AP
Distance 5.3 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
Station MORRISVILLE 6 SW
Distance 25.7 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 28 F
Apr Temp 31 to 52 F
Jul Temp 55 to 78 F
Oct Temp 35 to 57 F
Annual Precip 42.6 inches
Station CORTLAND
Distance 31 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, Syracuse, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Carousel Center (13290)

Colvin (13205)

Colvin Elmwood (13205, 13207)

De Witt (13214)

Dewitt (13214)

Eastwood (13206)

Geddes (13209)

Onon Hill (13215)

Taunton (13219)

University (13235)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
East Syracuse 3,043 $50,703
Galeville 4,821 $56,100

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

Syracuse Public Libraries

Library
Onondaga County Public Library
447 S. SALINA ST.
Syracuse, New York
(315) 435-1800
Library Web Site
Dewitt Community Library Assoc., Inc
SHOPPINGTOWN MALL 3649 ERIE BLVD E
Syracuse, New York
(315) 446-3578
Library Web Site
Fairmount Community Library Assoc.
406 CHAPEL DRIVE
Syracuse, New York
(315) 487-8933
Salina Free Library
100 BELMONT ST.
Syracuse, New York
(315) 454-4524
Library Web Site
Onondaga Free Library
4840 WEST SENECA TURNPIKE
Syracuse, New York
(315) 492-1727

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Syracuse Hospitals

ST JOSEPH'S HOSPITAL HEALTH CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
301 PROSPECT AVENUE
(315) 448-5111
Emergency Service: Yes

CROUSE HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
736 IRVING AVENUE
(315) 470-7449
Emergency Service: Yes

UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL S U N Y HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER
(Government - State)
750 EAST ADAMS STREET
(315) 473-4240
Emergency Service: Yes

COMMUNITY-GENERAL HOSPITAL OF GREATER SYRACUSE
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
4900 BROAD ROAD
(315) 492-5731
Emergency Service: Yes

Syracuse VA Medical Center
(VA)
800 Irving Avenue
(315) 425-4400 or (800) 792-4334
Emergency Service:

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Syracuse High Schools

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600 ROBINSON ST
315-435-4343
Serves 1,663 students.

CORCORAN HS
919 GLENWOOD AVE
315-435-4321
Serves 1,441 students.

GEORGE FOWLER HS
227 MAGNOLIA ST
315-435-4376
Serves 1,303 students.

NOTTINGHAM HS
3100 E GENESEE ST
315-435-4380
Serves 1,278 students.

WESTHILL SHS
4501 ONONDAGA BLVD
315-475-1621
Serves 710 students.

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Syracuse (from the University) c1900.

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Syracuse (from the University) c1900.

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High School c1904.

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