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Pros

-Nearby recreation
-Low crime rates
-Arts & culture

Cons

-Economy
-Winter climate
-Entertainment


What Bert Has To Say About Utica-Rome Metro Area


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.


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Quick Facts About Utica


    ECONOMY
    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.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Utica's cost of living is 11.30% Lower than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Utica's population is 61,962 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 2.02 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 17 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Utica is $76,200. Home appreciation the last year has been 0.30 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    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.

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Comments


Great place to grow up and great place to come bac
The food is the best in the country, great parks, a zoo, it's own ski hill and great culture with the Stanley and Museum. Plus it's the gateway to the Adirondacks. I... (read more)
Most corrupt, vial city in New York State
Utica is one of the worst cities in New York State. Politics owns the city, there is no opportunity for growth, the crime rate is on the rise and the influx of pedophile... (read more)
Athletic, cultural, beautiful landscape
Utica and its surrounding area is an overlooked gem that offers much to residents and visitors. The community is very athletic with a variety of outdoor and indoor... (read more)
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