Living in Syracuse, NY
Established in 1848, the Syracuse is a medium-sized city covering 25.6 square miles (66.4km2) with approximately 139,070 people living in the city.
Syracuse is located in the geographic center of New York State in the densely populated northeastern United States. The city has museums, zoos, theatres, and parks as well as many cafés and restaurants featuring food from all over the world. There are always events going on such as music, dance, art, lectures, and festivals. Syracuse is close to the Adirondack Mountains, the vast wilderness region with mountains, lakes, and rivers, as well as the world-famous Niagara Falls.
Mileage to Major Cities
|Albany, NY||136||Montreal, Quebec||248|
|Baltimore, MD||299||New York, NY||253|
|Binghamton, NY||75||Niagara Falls, NY||165|
|Boston, MA||299||Philadelphia, PA||255|
|Buffalo, NY||147||Pittsburgh, PA||342|
|Chicago, IL||665||Rochester, NY||85|
|Cleveland, OH||330||Toronto, Ontario||248|
|Hartford, CT||236||Washington D.C.||350|
Syracuse has warm summers and cold winters. Summer temperatures typically range from 70-90°F (32.2°C) and in the winter plunge to -10°F (-24.4°C).You should be aware that most buildings are centrally heated to about 70°F (21.1°C) so that when one dresses for the day during the winter, one must actually accommodate a range of temperatures for transitioning from outside to inside. In the winter, most people tend to layer clothing as opposed to wearing one extremely warm outfit. A coat, hat, snow boots, scarf, and warm gloves are a recommended gear for outdoors in the winter.
Continental mean average temperature:
January . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 degrees
April . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 degrees
July . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 degrees
September . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 degrees
Annual average snowfall . . . . . . . . . 135 inches (1990-2007)
Growing season approx. . . . . . . . . . 171 days
Annual rainfall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 inches
Syracuse is easily accessible by a variety of transportation means. It is located at the crossroads of two major interstate highways, I-90 (east-west) and I-81 (north-south). Syracuse's Hancock International Airport is served by seven major airlines ( American Eagle; Continental;Delta; JetBlue; Northwest; United Express; and US Airways) with approximately 200 passenger flights arriving and departing daily. Greyhound and Trailways provide inter-city, inter-state bus service passenger service while Amtrak provides rail passenger service from the William F. Walsh Regional Transportation Center.
CENTRO provides public bus service for Syracuse and Onondaga County and provides numerous University-area shuttles. Students can ride Centro’s Connective Corridor shuttle bus without charge to art and entertainment venues and public places between Syracuse University and the Delavan Art Gallery, including Armory Square. The shuttle bus operates during the academic terms of Syracuse University and stops at all marked Centro bus stops along the Connective Corridor. A free shuttle is also provided to the Destiny USA on Friday and Saturday evenings starting at 6PM from College Place.
SUNY-ESF also offers a CuseCar service to students who purchase a membership. CuseCar is a community car-sharing program that provides its members access to a fleet of alternative fuel vehicles without the worry and expense of car ownership.
Photograph provided by David Metraux
What’s Going On In Syracuse, NY
Syracuse, New York offers a wide variety of events and activities to its residents and visitors. Explore the links below to find out about what's going on in Syracuse, NY.
- Syracuse Travel Guide
- Syracuse Attractions
- SUNY-ESF Events Calendar
- Syracuse University Events
- Downtown Syracuse
- Syracuse, NY
- Syracuse Arts
- Syracuse City Parks
- Onondaga County Parks
- Expo Center
- Syracuse Museums
Dining Out in Syracuse, NY
Syracuse, NY offers residents a variety of restaurants featuring international and American cuisine. Many University students and staff take advantage of the dining establishments on Marshall Street located in the University neighborhood.
- Establishing your Life in Syracuse, NY (e.g., banking, shopping, driving)
- Syracuse Shopping Guide
- Getting Around Campus and Syracuse, NY
- Housing Information
- Multi-Ethnic Resource Directory of Syracuse and Onondaga County
- Syracuse Area Churches
- Syracuse City Schools (elementary, middle school, high school)
- Syracuse Private Schools (pre-school, elementary, middle school, high school)
- Child Care in Syracuse
- Syracuse News