Living Here

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!

Population Characteristics

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.

 

 

Our Numbers
are Growing

Total Population

Median Age

% Population
by Age

  • 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?

Housing

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.

Households

Households

Median Home Price ($)

Housing Economy

Median Mortgage ($)

Median Rent ($)

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Education

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

Primary Schools

High 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%

We’re Connected 

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.

Remote Control

%

Households with Broadband

Available in County

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

Annual Festivals

Theatres

Farmer's Markets

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

Waterfalls

State Parks

Trails

Ready to see for yourself?

Plan your stay

How to Join In

Come to Ithaca and Tompkins County and experience for yourself the beauty, culture, and fun and games available here in spades. We’ve got everything you need to stay as long as you like!

Visitor Resources

We Make It Easy

Best Kept Secret

Live It, Love It

Ithaca
Area

#2

Best Cities to Live – New York – ChamberofCommerce.org

#5

Best Small Places for Business & Careers – Forbes

#13

25 Most Innovative Cities in the US – USA Today

#1

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

#10

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

#1

Best Farmers Market in Upstate NY – Yelp.com

Cornell University

#18

Best National Universities

#2

Biological / Agricultural Engineering Programs

#5

Best Undergraduate Computer Science Programs

#4

Best Colleges for Veterans

US News & World Report 2021

Ithaca
College

#4

Best in Undergraduate Teaching (Regional Universities North)

#9

Best Regional Universities North (Regional Universities North)

#12

Best Value Schools
(Regional Universities North)

#12

Most Innovative Schools (Regional Universities North)

 

US News & World Report 2021