Syracuse is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New York. With a population of 148,620 people and 74 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 (12.78%), teaching (9.72%), and sales jobs (8.45%).
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, shaping the character of the city into a place that is geared toward, and considered attractive to, many single, educated people. Many singles consider Syracuse a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.
Many people in Syracuse take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Syracuse citizens for affordable transportation.
The overall education level of Syracuse citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 29.00% of adults in Syracuse have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.
The per capita income in Syracuse in 2018 was $23,471, 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 $93,884 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 30.32% 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.