A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$220,400
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,019
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    74%
  • Own
    26%

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    0
  • Murder
    0
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1
  • Theft
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    0

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$30,436
National
$53,889
Children
7%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    38%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    18%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    13%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%
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It seems like Ithaca survives off the college industry, yet I've overheard many townies denounce the students that drive the economy in this small town.
The nightlife isn't great- too many undergraduates roaming the streets for cheap drinks and late nights. Not a great place for foodies either, I have yet to have a meal that I could recommend to someone else. But the access to healthy, local foods and natural wilderness areas is superb!
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I love Ithaca! Growing up here has been an absolute blessing. The Finger Lakes region is absolutely gorgeous, with Ithaca being situated at the southern tip of the beautiful Cayuga Lake. Cornell University and Ithaca College provide lots of diversity when the students are here and attract world-renowned professors and researchers to the area. There definitely is a very liberal vibe to Ithaca, which encourages sustainability and environmentally-friendly measures throughout the city.
I have lived here for over 10 years. I have worked within the community as well, mostly food service work and geriatrics. There are a bountiful things/places/opportunities to like from Cornell University, Ithaca Gorges, the Commons to the Farmers Market. I found the most beneficial opportunity within Ithaca to be its educational institution. There's a higher cost of living (compared to its hourly wage).
The best job opportunities usually require a degree, entrepreneurship's and great references (like anywhere else). The foundation of this city revolves around education and there are exquisite options. If I could see something change within this city I would increase the quality of affordable housing, increase the minimum wage and increase the quantity and quality of job opportunities/ after school programs for the youth.