B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B-
  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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$88,800
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$730
National
$928
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    61%
  • Own
    39%

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
    475
    273
  • Murder
    15
    6
  • Rape
    53
    41
  • Robbery
    249
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    829
    525
  • Theft
    2,484
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    219
    263

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$31,881
National
$53,889
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    20%
    13%
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While universities add to the diversity of the area, Syracuse lacks much when it comes to public health and safety, environmental protection, and initiatives for a greener, healthier tomorrow. The streets and neighborhoods are littered with garbage and cigarettes, there is little green space for "fresh air", and there is no composting within the city. What's more, the recycling program is in need of some major advancements, and more educational materials and advertisement need to be created to encourage residents to do their part in creating a healthier, more vibrant city.
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Syracuse is very good for college students. If you ae a medical student then it is definitely the right place to stay. There is many hospitals there and the chances of you getting a job is a lot more likely. It is a cross between a rural and city area. There is a little bit of everything for everyone. The night life is centered more around Syracuse University and a little bit downtown. It is also very diverse as you will meet people from all over the world! The cost of living varies as you go through out the city. There are really some decent price ranges for every budget. There are a pretty decent amount of restaurants, and fun things to do. It also has Destiny USA which is a mall that was updated roughly 5 or so years ago. Syracuse, in all is a starter city and if you are about your business it will get you to the next step!
Pros: Cost of living is relative low, lots of options for dining and nightlife, easy commute to work (little traffic), plenty of entertainment options (largest mall in NYS, new Lakeview Amphitheater for concerts, museums, summer festivals in Clinton Square, easy access to Finger Lakes wine country, hiking, skiing, etc.), nice suburbs to raise families, centrally located in NYS, relatively young population in the City due to colleges and growing number of young professionals living Downtown.

Cons: Winter weather can be brutal some years, some roads need repairing, job market is below average compared to larger cities, some areas have high crime rates.

Overall, Syracuse seems like it's on its way back up after being hit hard by the decline of the manufacturing sector. The city has a lot of potential and room to grow.