Ithaca is a medium-sized city located in the state of New York. With a population of 30,788 people and 16 constituent neighborhoods, Ithaca is the 42nd largest community in New York. Much of the housing stock in Ithaca was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Ithaca is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 90.78% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Ithaca is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Ithaca who work in teaching (22.47%), office and administrative support (9.42%), and food service (8.66%).
And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Ithaca has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.
Also of interest is that Ithaca has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Of important note, Ithaca is also a city of artists. Ithaca has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Ithaca’s character.
In addition, Ithaca is a major college town that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on local Ithaca culture, lifestyle and entertainment options. Ithaca really pulses to the beat of the academic calendar. In Ithaca every fall, returning students reinvigorate the community, who you will notice are all over town, buying groceries, out with friends, and getting acquainted or re-acquainted with each other and Ithaca. One of the beneficial effects that colleges provide is that they tend to be lasting institutions that deliver direct economic benefits to the local economy in the form of such things as jobs for faculty and staff, and spending by students. Ithaca benefits directly from this.
One of the benefits of Ithaca is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.89 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
Ithaca has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Ithaca has quite a high level of public transit users. Ithaca’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.
If knowledge is power, Ithaca is a pretty powerful place. 62.95% of the adults in Ithaca have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Ithaca in 2010 was $17,233, which is low income relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $68,932 for a family of four. However, Ithaca contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Ithaca also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 44.78% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Ithaca is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Ithaca home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ithaca residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Ithaca include German, Italian, English, and Polish.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Ithaca's cultural character, accounting for 17.16% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Ithaca is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.