Syracuse is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New York. With a population of 142,327 people and 73 constituent neighborhoods, Syracuse is the ninth largest community in New York. Syracuse has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.
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, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Syracuse who work in office and administrative support (12.95%), sales jobs (9.42%), and teaching (9.36%).
Combining city textures and college town sensibilities, Syracuse really has a nice blend of characteristics. While not a huge city, Syracuse is big enough to offer a healthy dose of diversion, opportunity, and amenity to its residents and to the thousands of college students who descend on it every fall. Its size and diversity makes Syracuse more than just a college town, but removing the students from the equation would undeniably change Syracuse’s character and quality of life.
Not only is Syracuse a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Syracuse is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Syracuse a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
A lot of people in Syracuse take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Syracuse, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.
The overall education level of Syracuse is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 28.41% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Syracuse in 2018 was $23,090, 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 $92,360 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 31.04% 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 Irish, Italian, German, English, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Syracuse is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.