Cost of Living,
Utica's Real Estate Market
Utica-Rome Metro Area
Profile: Small-city complex
Location: Central New York, 50 miles east of Syracuse
Time zone: Eastern Standard Time
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Utica and Rome, small towns separated by 16 miles, trace their origins to the Erie Canal. Both towns are hardworking and industrial in nature and are fairly lacking in small town charm. However, nearby areas offer plentiful snow and winter sports, and the Adirondacks are a short distance to the northeast. Cooperstown, one of the most likeable small towns in the northeast and home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, is on the shore of Lake Otsego (40 miles southeast).
Crime is low. Cost of living, while moderate on a New York/East Coast scale, is still a bit high for what’s available. The economy, like most of upstate New York, is weak and appears to be getting weaker. There are some modest museums and cultural amenities but there is little to do in the immediate area and winter weather is dreary. Utica has the dubious distinction of being tied with Syracuse for receiving the nation’s highest annual snowfall among metro areas. The right combination of economic incentives and investment may mix well with the area’s location, cost profile and recreational opportunities to bring a brighter future.
Utica and Rome sit in a broad, relatively level Mohawk Valley, opening into Oneida Lake to the west. The landscape is mixed farmland and deciduous forest. The hilly Tug Hill Plateau rises to the north, and the mostly wooded Adirondack foothills rise to the northeast and east. The climate is humid continental with warm, sunny days and cool evenings and an occasional hot, sticky spell. Precipitation comes mainly in the form of afternoon thundershowers. Winters are harsh and snowy, as a rise in the terrain and the position with respect to storm tracks and Lake Ontario bring snow and snow squalls. Very heavy snows, as much as 200 inches per year, occur in some of the hills to the north.
Interesting Facts about Utica, New York
As of 2014, Utica's population is 61,962 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 2.02 percent.--------------------
The median home cost in Utica is $76,200. Home appreciation the last year has been 0.30 percent.--------------------
Compared to the rest of the country, Utica's cost of living is 11.30% Lower than the U.S. average.--------------------
Utica public schools spend $18,334 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 14.5 students per teacher in Utica.--------------------
The unemployment rate in Utica is 6.40 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Negative. Utica jobs have Decreased by 0.12 percent.
Ranked #12 Most Secure Places to Live 2011 (Mid-Size Cities)
Ranked #17 America's Best and Worst Cities for Crime (Mid-Size Metro Areas)
Ranked #23 Best Green Cities
Ranked #44 Most Competitive Private Colleges
Ranked #289 2005 Best Places to Live
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Average Commute time is 17 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.--------------------
Utica's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)
• Newly Listed Homes
• Most Expensive Listing
• Million Dollar Houses
• Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
• Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
• Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
• Homes under $250,000
• Median Priced Homes