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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    C-
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A
Cortland is a town in New York with a population of 18,914. Cortland is in Cortland County. Living in Cortland offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Cortland there are a lot of bars, restaurants, and parks. Many young professionals live in Cortland and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Cortland are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$98,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$727
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    52%
  • Own
    48%
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Cortland Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    75.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    5.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    37.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    32.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    354.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,293.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    48.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    9%
  • 10-17 years
    7%
  • 18-24 years
    30%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    8%
  • 45-54 years
    9%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    31%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%

Working in Cortland

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$42,976
National
$55,322

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Cortland Reviews

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I have lived in Cortland my entire life. I attended elementary school here, high school, and went to college a short drive away. There is a great community scene in Cortland. Any Thursday, Friday or Saturday night, you can head to downtown Cortland for dinner, drinks, and live music. There are always performances of plays and musicals, whether community or college or school theatre. Art is a rising scene, too, with local artists more regularly sharing their work and arts shows and exhibits gaining momentum. Cortland is certainly a great place to visit or live- it is difficult to be bored in this town.
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I grew up in the surrounding area of Cortland. The town I lived in was small and quiet in comparison to Cortland. Homer is a quaint little town with just the basics for shops. The schools are great because everyone knows you personally. The location is also great because you're close to the surrounding cities. Outdoor recreation is excellent.
It is a very nice place if you are looking for a small town feel. The night life when college in session is awesome. The bars are a lot of fun. Another great hangout is a little Cafe called Bru. They have awesome drinks and they also serve beer and wine.