Ithaca, NY

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Ithaca, NY

About Ithaca, NY

Ithaca, NY lies along Cayuga Lake with tall gorges giving way to spectacular waterfalls like Ithaca Falls where visitors can marvel at beauty while strolling along its cascades side trails. Not only does this college town have some unique natural sites but it's also a mecca for art buffs since there’s tons galleries featuring works from local artists sprinkled around too! College town - Central upstate New York, 60 miles southwest of Syracuse.

Location Details

State: New York
County: Tompkins County
Metro Area: Ithaca Metro Area
City: Ithaca
Zip Codes: 14850 14853
Cost of Living:
Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Elevation: 836 ft above sea level
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Ithaca is most noted as home to Ivy League Cornell University. As might be expected, the town is attractive and progressive, activities are plentiful, and educational attainment is high. The location, at the south end of the Finger Lakes region, affords access to nearby outdoor recreation, interesting landscapes, and a number of wineries. The economy is growing, bolstered by the university and the many small new-economy businesses it attracts.

Downtown is clean and prosperous, although a recent shift towards large retailers on the outskirts has some locals concerned. Cost of living is reasonable for the region. Larger cities, such as Syracuse, can be hard to get to in bad weather, but Ithaca has good air service for its size. Ithaca loses points for climate, a soft job growth picture, and cost of living, but for those who can navigate the climate and economic challenges it is a solid choice.

Ithaca sits at the southern tip of Cayuga Lake in a hilly area of central New York. The city itself is located on a flat to moderately rising shoreline area, growing into the dense deciduous-wooded surrounding hills. The Lake Ontario-influenced, humid continental climate produces frequent precipitation- almost 1 day in 2 on average year-round.

Summers are warm but seldom oppressive, with typically cool evenings when breezes come off the lake. Winters are cold, long and dreary, with only a few sub-zero readings each year. Snowfall is moderate but may become heavy at times, and snow cover persists most of the winter, especially in the hills. Valley effects may bring rain in Ithaca when it is snowing in the hills and outlying areas. Clouds and valley fogs are common. First freeze is in early October; last is in early May.

Ithaca Cost of Living

Attractive downtown, college-town amenities, and educated population make Ithaca a great place to live.

-1.6% lower than avg
-68.5% lower than avg
$1,170 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
+1.9% higher than avg
Ithaca Crime
42.3 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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Pros & Cons of Ithaca
   Attractive downtown
Clouds and rain
   College-town amenities
Harsh winters
   Educated population
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For a small city, its downtown has grown significantly and serves as the hub of the community. The Ithaca Commons remains the central gathering space for locals,  More

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Over 3 years ago

Great place to live. Lots to do, vibrant culture, and beautiful scenery. Don't fear the winter--it's even beautiful then. Only complaint is the housing market. Way  More

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I was born, raised, educated there (Ithaca High and Cornell). In my opinion, before leaving to pursue my career, it seemed like the most beautiful, clean, low crime,  More

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