Syracuse, New York is a medium-size city with slightly more than 144,000 residents. Young adults aged 15-24 can expect to fit right in, as they account for an above-average percentage of the community. Overall, the city's residents, with an average age of just over 35, are decidedly younger than most cities in New York. Homeowners tend to be in the minority in the city, and 62% of residents are renters. With a relatively affordable average rent of $811 a month in the city, renting remains an affordable option, particularly compared to other cities in New York. Over the course of a year, renters in Syracuse will save around $5,600 compared to the state average.
Syracuse has an average commute time of about 20 minutes, shorter than the state average of about 38 minutes. Driving a vehicle is the prevailing means of commuting to work, selected by 29% of residents, while public transit isn't used widely. A small percentage of residents (5%) walk to work, though the number is well above the national average.
Among residents over the age of 25 in Syracuse, 17% have a Bachelor's, Master's, Professional, or Doctoral degree. There are three primary industries in Syracuse: healthcare, education, and retail. Combined, these industries make up 20% of the labor force in the city. Meanwhile, looking at job function, 6% of residents work in sales, which ranks as the top profession in the city. Syracuse workers bring in an average annual income of about $49,000, less than their peers elsewhere in the state. Syracuse's average income also falls below the national average of $73,345.
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