Syracuse 55 Poor
Syracuse Livability #1,142 ranked city in New York#26,457 ranked city in the USARanks better than 9% of areas
A+ Syracuse Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B Syracuse Cost of Living Cost of living is 25% lower than New York
8812% less expensive than the US average
New York
11717% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Syracuse cost of living
F Syracuse Crime Total crime is 112% higher than New York
Total crime
3,79147% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2747% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-5%Year over year crime is down
Syracuse crime
F Syracuse Employment Household income is 46% lower than New York
Median household income
$32,70441% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$20,59431% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%30% higher than the US average
Syracuse employment
F Syracuse Housing Home value is 69% lower than New York
Median home value
$89,90051% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$73722% lower than the US average
Home ownership
39%39% lower than the US average
Syracuse real estate or Syracuse rentals
F Syracuse Schools HS graduation rate is 8% lower than New York
High school grad. rates
75%9% lower than the US average
School test scores
27%46% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
n/aequal to the US average
Syracuse K-12 schools
F Syracuse User Ratings There are a total of 32 ratings in Syracuse
Overall user rating
46% 32 total ratings
User reviews rating
40% 17 total reviews
User surveys rating
60% 15 total surveys
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      Living in Syracuse, NY

      Syracuse is a moderately-sized city located in the state of New York. The city has a population of 144,350 inhabitants. With a population density of 5,767 people per square mile, Syracuse is well above the nation's average density level. Syracuse is known to be an ethnically diverse city. The two most common races are White (55%) and Black or African American (29%). The median age of all Syracuse residents is 31, which is well below the national average. This is a good indication that this city could be ideal for young singles. Syracuse is not known to have a high population (over 15 years old) of married people. At only 50% married, this city falls well below the national average.

      Living in Syracuse can be a good experience for anyone moving to the area. Having said that, in the state of New York, there are many incredible places to live, so choose wisely! Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, cost of living, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Syracuse and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Syracuse to New York and the national average.

      Syracuse has a livability score of 56/100 and is ranked #1,104 in New York and #26,535 in the USA. This is a poor rating when compared to the average of other places in the country. Syracuse ranks so poorly that more than 90% of the cities in all of the USA have a higher score. There are seven total categories that form the livability score. Syracuse ranks well for amenities (A+) and cost of living (B+). Unfortunately for Syracuse, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: crime (F), weather (D-), education (F), employment (F) and housing (F).

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Syracuse has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Syracuse: Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Museum of Science & Technology, and Erie Canal Museum.

      Jobs are always a hot topic for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Your chances of finding new employment in Syracuse is actually far better than most areas. With a low unemployment rate of 0.94%, finding work should be much easier than the average city.

      There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Syracuse is actually affordable. The median home price for Syracuse homes is $89,900, which is 68.6% lower than the New York average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Syracuse, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.8, which is 40.4% lower than the New York average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Syracuse area were 6.1% and 5 year appreciation rates were 1.7%.

      Syracuse transportation information

      StatisticSyracuseNew YorkNational
      Average one way commute18min33min26min
      Workers who drive to work64.0%53.0%76.4%
      Workers who carpool9.9%6.7%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit9.5%28.0%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle1.2%0.7%0.6%
      Workers who walk11.0%6.3%2.8%
      Working from home3.2%4.0%4.6%
      Airports (within 30 miles of city center)1 (1)12354
      Amtrak train stations (within 30 miles of city center)1 (1)23711

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      Source: The Syracuse, NY data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).