Syracuse, New York, Higher Education and City Facts

Syracuse is an upstate New York city known for its arts, culture and higher education. Syracuse University is located in this city, as are several other 2- and 4-year schools. Read more here.

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Information about Syracuse

Located in the center of New York State, the city of Syracuse had an estimated population of about 144,263 inhabitants in 2014, based on U.S. Census Bureau figures. Syracuse has been called the Crossroads of New York due to its location at the intersection of two major interstate routes, as well as several railway lines. The city's convenient setting along with a well-developed regional transportation network makes Syracuse an important distribution center in the densely populated northeastern United States.

Lakes, streams, rolling hills and flat plains characterize the natural landscape in and around Syracuse, which is located on the southern end of Onondaga Lake. The region has four distinct seasons. Average lows are 17 degrees Fahrenheit in January, while average highs are 82 degrees Fahrenheit in July. Syracuse supports a symphony orchestra, theaters, stadiums and a large expo center. Several ethnic neighborhoods, including Little Italy and a historic Jewish community, offer shopping, dining and services.

Higher Education

Syracuse is home to Syracuse University, a private, not-for-profit school with more than 21,000 students. U.S. News & World Report ranked Syracuse the 61st best national university in 2016, as well as the 45th best value school and the 50th best college for veterans. Other institutions of higher learning in Syracuse include Onondaga Community College, Le Moyne College, Upstate Medical University and the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.


Most workers in Onondaga County are employed in life sciences, education or service occupations, according to the Onondaga County Office of Economic Development. Top employers include Upstate University Health System, Syracuse University, St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center, Wegmans, Crouse Hospital and Loretto, which provides long-term care services for older adults. Based on figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, the median household income for Syracuse residents from 2010-2014 was $31,566, which was well below the median income of $58,687 for all residents of New York State.

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