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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    D+
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A+
Ithaca is a town in New York with a population of 30,568. Ithaca is in Tompkins County and is one of the best places to live in New York. Living in Ithaca offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Ithaca there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Ithaca and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Ithaca are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$241,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,106
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    74%
  • Own
    26%
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Ithaca 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
    83.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    3.2
    6.1
  • Rape
    16.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    28.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    179.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,467.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    51.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    4%
  • 10-17 years
    4%
  • 18-24 years
    54%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    7%
  • 45-54 years
    5%
  • 55-64 years
    5%
  • 65+ years
    7%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    38%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    26%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    15%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    15%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%

Working in Ithaca

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$32,712
National
$55,322
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Ithaca is a beautiful town, with so many excellent qualities. As a multi-college-town (Ithaca College, Cornell University, Tompkins County Community College), it functions as a great hub of student life. There are more restaurants per capita than in New York City! Not to mention the surrounding natural areas- amazing, beautiful! The cost of living is a bit high, but overall, I have very few complaints.
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I love the Commons. The small shops are so quaint and the people are very friendly. There are lots of restaurants that appeal to all tastes. The Farmer's' Market is wonderful. The produce and products for sale are unique and charming. There are also many chain stores for anyone who wants to go to a more familiar store like TJ Max, Wal-Mart, and Wegmans. The town is right on one of the largest finger lakes, Cayuga Lake. There are kayak rental places nearby. There are many nearby parks, such as Treman, Buttermilk Falls, Taughannock Falls, and Cass Park. Many of these parks have camping sites, waterfalls, hiking trails, bike trails, and picnic areas. The town is home to Cornell University nd Ithaca College, so anyone who is a fan of sports can watch football, hockey, basketball, baseball, etc. The colleges also have local events to attend. There are many wineries and breweries nearby as well. The Cayuga Lake wine trail runs all the way around the lake.
There's a distinct lifestyle here. During the summer you can swim in the lake and gorges, visit beautiful gardens, and walk on one of the many hiking trails in the area. During the winter there's sledding, skating, watching ice hockey, and more. Not to mention the areas stunning beauty. There are trees all over city and large waterfalls right downtown! Ithaca is a fun place to live with its diverse culture and multiple festivals including Harry Potter Wizarding Weekend, Apple Fest, Chili Fest, and Ithaca Fest.