Living Here

Welcome to the Ithaca, NY area

A place where businesses and people come to live and thrive.

Ithaca and the surrounding county offer business opportunities, access to a remarkable pool of educational resources, and experiences ranging from theatre and arts to boating on the lake or hiking our trails and gorges. Whether you already live here, are thinking of living here, or just want to visit, there is always something to learn about this vibrant community. The following information and resources will help you understand why Ithaca and Tompkins County are a great place to live, work, and play!

Population Characteristics

Who We Are

Tompkins County is one of the only counties in upstate NY experiencing population growth. Many innovative companies, startups, and manufacturers make their homes here, as well as three higher education institutions (Cornell University, Ithaca College, Tompkins Cortland Community College) and their diverse student populations.

Our Numbers and Our People are Growing

Total Population

Median Age

% Population by Age

  • 18-24 year olds (Tompkins County) 27% 27%
  • 18-24 year olds (New York State) 9.5% 9.5%
  • 25-34 year olds (Tompkins County) 12.7% 12.7%
  • 25-34 year olds (New York State) 14.6% 14.6%
  • 35-44 year olds (Tompkins County) 10.2% 10.2%
  • 35-44 year olds (New York State) 12.5% 12.5%

Who wouldn’t want to live here?

Housing

Where We Live

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Households

Households

Owner-occupied Housing Units

Housing Economy

Median Home Price ($)

Median Household Income ($)

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Education

Little League Through Ivy League

Area school systems are among the best in the State and several large educational institutions play a large part in local culture.

Primary & Secondary Schools

K-12 Schools

Our Education is Our Future

  • High School Graduate or Higher (Age 25+) 94.24% 94.24%
  • Bachelor’s Degree or Higher (Age 25+) 50.83% 50.83%

Balancing work and life is easy here

Culture and Entertainment

Unwind Here

Our area is home to a vibrant arts and culture scene, beautiful parks and gorges, a lively restaurant scene, and a great selection of music and theatre.

Things to Do

Annual Festivals

Theatres

Farmer's Markets

Take a look at our backyard

Parks & Natural Areas

Ithaca Is Gorges

Rivulets and streams have carved dramatic gorges and beautiful waterfalls, inspiring the city’s catch phrase “Ithaca is Gorges.”

Wander Our Natural Wonders

Waterfalls

State Parks

Trails

Children's Garden

Ready to plan your visit?

Plan your visit to Ithaca

Visit Here

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Visitor Resources

Ithaca is no longer a secret

Live It, Love It

#5

Greatest Places to Live in America – Outside

#3

US Cities for Work, Life, Balance – Nerd Wallet

#1

Smartest City – Venturebeat.com

#7

Best City for Job Growth – Forbes

#8

Greatest Places to Live – Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine

#1

Best Farmers Market in Upstate NY – NYup.com

Top 25 Youngest Best Places to Live – Best Small Towns – CNN Money

#1

Best Farmers Market in Upstate NY – NYup.com

#13

25 Most Innovative Cities in the US – USA Today

Top 7 Retire Here, Not There – Smart Money

#4

10 Most Livable Cities – MSN Real Estate News

#5

Top 10 Best Cities for Millenials – 247WallSt.com

#1

Best County to Live in – New York – NYup.com

#10

Best New York Art Hot Spot not in NYC – Huffington Post

#12

Best Small Places for Business and Careers – Forbes

#1

Prime Workforce Growth – Area Development Magazine