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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 144,405. 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
144,405

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$91,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$769
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    62%
  • Own
    38%
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Syracuse Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    423.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    16.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    64.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    199.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    580.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,154
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    353.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 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
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    19%
    13%

Working in Syracuse

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$34,716
National
$55,322
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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).
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Overall, Syracuse is beautiful and really pretty! The weather is a bit harsh, as someone who's visiting from Texas. But once you bundle up, it's actually quite nice and very calm.
Although greatly poor, impoverished, and filled with an abundance of snow, there is plenty to do around the city of Syracuse. Downtown consists of many festivals throughout the year including ice skating and Christmas tree lighting in December. Downtown also has a multitude of family owned restaurants and beautiful architecture. Some of the buildings and hotels are historical landmarks that make you feel as if you were in a different time period. The Syracuse University campus is so breathtaking and massive that it would be understandable if one were to get lost. The university's basketball team is one of the best in the country and contributes to the high traffic in and around the Carrier Dome during their games and in the general downtown area. In the summer months, take the exit near I-690 East and head over to the NYS Fairgrounds.