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  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    D+
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A+
Syracuse is a city in New York with a population of 142,874. Syracuse is in Onondaga County. Living in Syracuse offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Syracuse there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Syracuse and residents tend to be liberal.
About Syracuse...
Population
142,874

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$94,400
National
$217,500
Median Rent
$814
National
$1,062
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    61%
  • Own
    39%
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Syracuse 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
    532.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    13.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    73.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    172.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    596.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,142
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    395.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    18%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    13%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    20%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    27%
  • Less than high school diploma
    17%
    12%

Working in Syracuse

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$38,276
National
$62,843
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It’s a really big city and it’s really diverse. It’s filled with immigrants so there’s lots of grocery stores around that aren’t filled with just “American” food. There’s five high schools and the competition between them is real, but that just makes games more fun! Syracuse University is in Syracuse so going to James street (a street full of food places by the campus) is a fun last time. Destiny USA is also a great place to hangout, and it’s huge. Onondaga lake park is another great place that tends to be avoided because the lake is the most polluted lake in America. The city does have a lot of violence in it and I can frequently hear gunshots, but if you stick to the right crowd, you’ll be fine.
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I was born here, so I'm sure my opinion is biased. But overall, depending on what you're used to, Syracuse has it's pros and cons. The public schools are poor, and they are not well funded. Overall a poor city. The people are nice however, depending on who you run into. Destiny USA, the largest shopping mall in NYS is right at your fingertips. Housing is affordable, but minimum wage is average ($11 an hour). Most areas are relatively safe, but some parts are dangerous. The public transportation system is not very convenient and not well organized (such as larger cities like Chicago and NYC). Groceries are overall cheaper than large, high populated cities. You will find housing easily here, although maybe not in the best condition (but bargaining rights! Pay less).
I've lived in Syracuse, NY all my life and I know a tremendous amount about the city. Overall, if you have a stable job/family you will be satisfied with your living location. The schooling systems in the city just below par but as you move towards the outer parts they become incredible. Night life in the city is pleasant although some places whether dining or shopping can get a little bit pricy. Once more jobs move in, in years to come, the real estate market will be better along with the safety in parts of the city. The North side and the east side of Syracuse are the safest parts of the city as the west side and south side are questionable especially during the later parts of the evening. Although it is a city, the affordability is above average due to Syracuse being a smaller city with a smaller market. It is very diverse and a lot to due while also still grasping to the beauty of Upstate New York. It would be best to like snow and colder weather if that is a question.