Tompkins County

104,871

Population

492

square miles

475 sq mi of land

17 sq mi of water

1

Lake (Cayuga)
Longest of the 11 Finger Lakes

Population Characteristics

Population


Population (2016) 104,871
Population (2010) 101,594
Population Change 3.2%

Race and Hispanic Origin


White 81%
Black or African American 4.3%
Amer. Indian & Alaska Native 0.4%
Asian 10.9%
Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander  0.1%
Two or more races 3.30%
Other race 0.1%

Hispanic or Latino, 5%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino 77.4%

 

 

Median Age


Tompkins County (all residents): 28.6 years
Tompkins County (non-students only): 38.9 years
United States: 35.3 years

Other Characteristics


Female 50.8%
Male 49.2%
Veterans, 2011-2015 4,346
Foreign born persons, 2011-2015 12.7%

Housing

38,460

Households

21,356

Owner-Occupied Housing Units

$52,624

Median Household Income

$227,100

Median Home Price


Transportation

Public

Tompkins County Area Transit (TCAT)

Airports

Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport (ITH)

Average Commute

19 minutes


Education

Area school systems are among the finest, and several colleges play a big part in local culture. This means not only a well-educated workforce, but many sources of stimulation and learning for you, your family, and your staff.

25

Primary Schools

9

High Schools

94.24%

High School Graduate or Higher (Age 25+)

50.83%

Bachelor’s Degree or Higher (Age 25+)

Higher Education

6,200 Undergraduate Students

460 Graduate Students

523 Full-time Faculty

221 Part-time Faculty

14 Colleges and Schools

14,315 Undergraduate Students

5,265 Graduate Students

2,324 Professional Students

1,648 Faculty

8,109 Staff

40 academic programs

3,000 Degree Seeking Student

3,000 Non-degree Seeking Student

Provides contract training for most major employers


Culture and Entertainment

Attractions for All Ages. Tompkins County offers a wide range of attractions for children and adult interests. The County 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.

17+

Annual Festivals

3

Theatres

9

Farmers Markets


Parks and Natural Areas

Bordering the City of Ithaca is Cayuga Lake, one of the largest of the Finger Lakes. Cayuga Lake and its tributaties have shaped life here in Ithaca. Rivulets and streams have carved dramatic gorges and beautiful waterfalls, inspiring the city’s catch phrase “Ithaca is Gorges.” Their testament to nature’s greatness greets us everyday, in local parks and in our own backyards.

The climate in Tompkins County provides a variety of outdoor activities ranging from boating, swimming, and hiking in the summer to cross county skiing and ice-skating in the winter.

24

Waterfalls

4

State Parks

75

Trails

1

Children’s Garden

Accolades

#8 Greatest Places to Live – Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine

#3 US Cities for Work, Life, Balance – Nerd Wallet

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

#1 Smartest City – Venturebeat.com

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

#4 10 Most Livable Cities – MSN Real Estate News

#12 Best Small Places for Business and Careers – Forbes

#7 Best City for Job Growth – Forbes

#12 Most Secure Place to Live (for municipality under 150k residents) – Farmer’s Insurance Group

#5 Top 10 Vest Cities for Millenials – 247WallSt.com

#1 Prime Workforce Growth – Area Development Magazine

Top 7 Retire Here, Not There – Smart Money

For more information on Ithaca and Tompkins County

 

Visit Ithaca
Locate Finger Lakes
Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce

Sources
U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey, 2016 American Community Survey 5 Year Estimates
www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/US/PST045217