When you think of Syracuse, the image of snowy winters comes to mind, and with a whopping average of 116 inches, it truly can be a winter wonderland, but Syracuse offers a lot more than that.
This Central New York community of 145,000 residents hugs the shores of Onondaga Lake, and is within 30 miles of both the Finger Lakes and Lake Ontario. The city is home to the highly rated Syracuse University, a private research university with strong academic and athletic programs.
Once known as “the Salt City,” Syracuse sourced salt from the Onondaga Lake region and dominated the salt industry. Eventually the salt industry was replaced by other industries, such as finance, banking and healthcare. In 2015, Governor Andrew Cuomo created a five-year initiative to invest $500 million in the economic development of Central New York.
Syracuse has made it to some top lists in recent years. It ranked number 28 overall on U.S. News & World Report's 2017 Best Places to Live list, and number one in the state of New York. In 2010, Forbes rated Syracuse as one of the top ten places in the nation to raise a family.
There’s lots to see and do in Syracuse. Spend a day at the zoo, or walk along The Freedom Trail, which runs through Syracuse and was a part of The Underground Railroad. The popular Onondaga Lake Park is the place to go for water sports, biking and skateboarding. For a taste of art and culture, attend a concert at the symphony or opera, or see the latest exhibit at one of the museums or art galleries.
There are many dining options in Syracuse. Head over to Little Italy in the Northern section of Syracuse for some authentic Italian cuisine. Locals enjoy the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, which was voted "America's Best Barbeque Restaurant" by Good Morning America in 2009. Syracuse is also known for other regional foods, including Hoffman hot dogs and salt potatoes. Each year nearly one million people flock to Syracuse for the Great New York State Fair, one of the oldest state fairs in the nation.
The median home value in Syracuse is $81,983. University is a friendly family neighborhood in Syracuse, close to parks and schools. Meadowbrook is a popular neighborhood of young families, with predominantly single-family homes and a limited number of multi-family homes.
If you are looking for a city with plenty of amenities, but a small-town feel, grab your hat and gloves and head to Syracuse!