Syracuse, NY
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Living in Syracuse


Syracuse is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New York. With a population of 143,378 people and 73 constituent neighborhoods, Syracuse is the ninth largest community in New York. Much of the housing stock in Syracuse was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Syracuse is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Syracuse is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Syracuse who work in office and administrative support (15.17%), sales jobs (10.12%), and teaching (8.86%).

Syracuse is made interesting by being both a reasonably big city and having a major college student population: students here will find that the city provides a lot of amenities, culture, and opportunities for them. Syracuse is more than just a college town, however, though the thousands of students certainly are a major part of the character of the city, as well as a contributor to the local economy.

Syracuse has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Syracuse has quite a high level of public transit users. Syracuse’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

The overall education level of Syracuse is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 26.80% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Syracuse in 2010 was $20,594, which is low income relative to New York, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $82,376 for a family of four. However, Syracuse contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Syracuse also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 33.64% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Syracuse is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Syracuse home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Syracuse residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Syracuse include Italian, German, English, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Syracuse is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.