Welcome to Ithaca and Tompkins County
Where businesses and
people live and thrive.
Our area has abundant business opportunities, access to a remarkable pool of resources, arts and cultural experiences, Cayuga Lake and its famous gorges and trails. Whether you’re already living here or just thinking about it, there’s always something to do in this vibrant community. Take a look at why Ithaca and Tompkins County are a great place to live, work, and play!
Who We Are
Tompkins County is one of the only counties in Upstate NY experiencing steady population growth. In Ithaca, a major university and two colleges support a more youthful, culturally diverse and highly educated population on average.
- 18-24 year olds (Tompkins County) 27% 27%
- 9.5% 9.5%
- 25-34 year olds (Tompkins County) 12.7% 12.7%
- 14.6% 14.6%
- 35-44 year olds (Tompkins County) 10.2% 10.2%
- 12.5% 12.5%
Who wouldn’t want to live here?
Where We Live
Ithaca and Tompkins County offer housing of all types for all income levels, with a model commitment to sustainability. Here, its just as easy to know your neighbor as it is to access your work and world-class amenities, often within walking distance.
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Where We Learn
Area schools are among the best in the state, with a variety of traditional and contemporary options to suit your unique educational needs. We’re also home to a major university and two colleges that play an important role in local culture.
Primary & Secondary Schools
- High School Graduate or Higher (Age 25+) 94.24% 94.24%
- Bachelor’s Degree or Higher (Age 25+) 50.83% 50.83%
Stay in Touch
How We Connect
High-speed technology isn’t just infrastructure, its imperative. Tompkins County is by far the best connected in our region and beats state and national averages. And when you’re here, getting around is easy. Livable, walkable communities, low-flow traffic patterns, and public transit make the grocery store as accessible as the rest of the globe.
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Easy In, Easy Out
Average Commute (Minutes)
Balancing work and life is easy here
Culture and Entertainment
How We Unwind
Ithaca and Tompkins County are host to a vibrant arts and culture scene, with a diverse array of bars, breweries and restaurants, theaters, festivals, music and more. If it’s worth hearing, seeing, or tasting, you’ll find it here.
Things to Do
Take a look at our backyard
Parks & Natural Areas
How We Stay Active
“Ithaca is Gorges” isn’t just a catch phrase, it describes perfectly our surroundings. Dramatic elevation changes create scenic vistas and spectacular waterfalls that frame the crystal clear waters of Cayuga Lake, the longest of the 11 Finger Lakes.
Wander Our Wonders
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Live It, Love It
Best Cities to Live – New York – ChamberofCommerce.org
Best Small Places for Business & Careers – Forbes
25 Most Innovative Cities in the US – USA Today
Best County to Live in – New York – Niche.com
Best New York Art Hot Spot not in NYC – Huffington Post
Best Farmers Market in Upstate NY – Yelp.com
Best National Universities
Biological / Agricultural Engineering Programs
Best Undergraduate Computer Science Programs
Best Colleges for Veterans
US News & World Report 2021
Best in Undergraduate Teaching (Regional Universities North)
Best Regional Universities North (Regional Universities North)
Best Value Schools
(Regional Universities North)
Most Innovative Schools (Regional Universities North)
US News & World Report 2021