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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
    C+
  8. Weather
    C-
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A+
Oneonta is a town in New York with a population of 13,932. Oneonta is in Otsego County. Living in Oneonta offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Oneonta there are a lot of bars, restaurants, and parks. Many young professionals live in Oneonta and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Oneonta are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$147,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$859
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    54%
  • Own
    46%
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Oneonta Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    114.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    14.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    50.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    14.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    358
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,310.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    7.2
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    6%
  • 10-17 years
    5%
  • 18-24 years
    46%
  • 25-34 years
    9%
  • 35-44 years
    6%
  • 45-54 years
    7%
  • 55-64 years
    8%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    22%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in Oneonta

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$41,377
National
$55,322
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Oneonta Reviews

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Oneonta is a place that has almost everything you need close by. Although it is a small town, around 15,000 people, there is quite a lot to do. You can rollerskate and play laser tag, go shopping downtown or at the mall, watch movies and go to the many excellent restaurants. The lack of real traffic is pretty amazing, especially considering there are two colleges here. Almost everywhere you go has free parking, which is incredible! The people are really friendly, too. Some areas are less than perfect, but that is to be expected. If you are determined to find the bad, you can find it anywhere, after all. It is a great place to raise your family. Housing is not cheap, and neither are taxes or the cost of living. But compared to many other places in NY, it is quite affordable. I have been here over two years and fell in love with it not long after I came. Check it out, especially in the summer, you won't be disapointed!
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A smaller town that manages to have a big town feel. Kind of stuck in the middle of nowhere yet close to larger metropolitan areas (hour and a bit to Albany, hour and a bit to Syracuse). Mix of a college town (two universities in town) and farm life (all you find on the outskirts), providing a fairly diverse population. Also very close to historic Cooperstown and the Baseball Hall of Fame. If you're used to small towns, Oneonta can give you a bigger city experience without going too far out of your comfort zone. If you're used to more urban/populated areas, then it can give you a break from all that without too many sacrifices in conveniences you may be used to.
Oneonta is a beautiful college town at the foot of a mountain range. The historic Main St shopping area was has been filling up once empty storefronts with successful restaurants, coffee shops, bars, boutiques and bookshops. Over in the West End, there's more commercial chain store shopping at the strip mall.
There's a handful of gorgeous parks, hiking trails, a minor league baseball team, a growing performing art scene, and a solid movie theatre.
Oneonta is on the economic mend, but it's a slow process. Its biggest downside is that if one doesn't work for the two colleges in town, or any of the nearby hospitals, good jobs are few and far between. This is especially true of young people stuck in entry-level restaurant and retail jobs with no room for advancement. It's a great place for families, but there isn't a lot of draw for the 20-somethings to stick around (recent graduates or locals).