Tompkins County




square miles

475 sq mi of land

17 sq mi of water


Lake (Cayuga)
Longest of the 11 Finger Lakes

Population Characteristics


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%





Owner-Occupied Housing Units


Median Household Income


Median Home Price

Top Employers

(As of 2018)

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Tompkins County Area Transit (TCAT)


Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport (ITH)

Average Commute

19 minutes


Area school systems are among the finest in the State and several large educational institutions play a large part in local culture. This results in not only a well-educated workforce, but also numerous sources of stimulation and learning for members of the community.


Primary Schools


High Schools


High School Graduate or Higher (Age 25+)


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.


Annual Festivals




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.




State Parks




Children’s Garden


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

#13 25 Most Innovative Cities in the US – USA Today

#1 Best County to Live in – New York –

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

#1 Best Farmers Market in Upstate NY –

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

#1 Smartest City –

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 Best Cities for Millenials –

#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

U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey, 2016 American Community Survey 5 Year Estimates