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 146,839 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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, 2017)


Total Population 146,839
Daytime Population: Workers 103,507
Daytime Population: Residents 90,162
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 193,669
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.32
Population in Households 133,975
Population in Familes 88,547
Population in Group Qrtrs 12,864
Population Density2 5,863
Diversity Index3 70


Median Household Income $30,979
Average Household Income $47,353
Per Capita Income $20,146


Total Housing Units 66,227 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 21,212 (32.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 36,877 (55.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 8,138 (12.3%)
Median Home Value $89,964
Average Home Value $121,806


Total Households 58,089
Average Household Size 2.31
Family Households 27,967
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.16% 0.16%
Households 0.18% 0.21%
Families -0.24% -0.06%
Median Household Income   -0.61%
Per Capita Income   1.59%

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, 2017 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 Density # 108 91st
Diversity Index # 78 94th
Median Household Income # 1184 1st
Per Capita Income # 1138 5th

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