Syracuse, NY Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Syracuse, New York - Basic Facts

The City of Syracuse is the 5th largest city in New York with a population of 146,966 as of July 1, 2016. Syracuse ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in New York. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Syracuse is located at latitude 43.041 and longitude -76.1436 in Onondaga County. The formal boundaries for the City of Syracuse (see map below) encompass a land area of 25.05 sq. miles and a water area of 0.56 sq. miles. Onondaga County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 397 feet.

The City of Syracuse (GNIS ID: 979539) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Syracuse population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Syracuse: Bogardus Corners, Cossitts Corners, Kah-ya-hoo-neh, Ken-tue-ho-ne, Milan, Na-ta-dunk, South Salina, Sy-kuse, Tu-na-ten-tonk.

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Syracuse, NY Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 146,966
Population in Households 134,201
Population in Familes 89,172
Population in Group Qrtrs 12,765
Population Density1 5,868
Diversity Index2 69


Total Households 58,398
Average Household Size 2.3
Family Households 28,329
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 66,495 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 21,348 (32.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 37,050 (55.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 8,097 (12.2%)
Median Home Value $87,437
Average Home Value $115,867


Median Household Income $30,532
Average Household Income $45,593
Per Capita Income $19,518
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.2% 0.18%
Households 0.29% 0.27%
Families -0.07% 0.04%
Median Household Income   -0.96%
Per Capita Income   0.79%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Syracuse, NY - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Syracuse to the other 1,196 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New York by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 5 100th
Population Density1 # 110 91st
Diversity Index2 # 78 93rd
Median Household Income # 1184 1st
Per Capita Income # 1144 4th

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