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The Community

Syracuse and its Environs

ESF is located in the University Hill section of Syracuse, an area with plentiful cultural and civic opportunities. The Places Rated Almanac ranks Syracuse among the top 10 percent of “Best Places to Live”, and The American Planning Association named the Greater University Hill neighborhood one of the 10 greatest neighborhoods in America.

Regional Profile

Location: Syracuse is located in Onondaga County, the geographic center of New York State, on the eastern edge of the Finger Lakes. It is within a five-hour drive of New York City, Toronto, and the High Peaks Region of the Adirondack Mountains.

Syracuse Ranks High for Young Workers!

A report from Next Generation Consulting lists Syracuse as one of the best small cities for young professionals. Affordability is a major factor in the rankings.

Population: According to the 2010 census, the Syracuse metropolitan area population is over 650,000.

Terrain: Central New York boasts rolling hills, flat plains, abundant lakes, and numerous waterfalls, streams and rivers.

Climate: Syracuse has four distinct seasons with average temperatures of 62 degrees in September, 24 degrees in January, 46 degrees in April and 72 degrees in July. The city receives about 36 inches of rain and 112 inches of snow annually.

Transportation: Syracuse 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 with approximately 200 passenger flights arriving and departing daily. GatheringGreyhound and Trailways provide inter-city, inter-state bus service passenger service while CENTRO services the city and suburban areas. Amtrak provides rail passenger service to Buffalo, Toronto, Boston, NYC and elsewhere from the William F. Walsh Regional Transportation Center.

Communication: The area is served by one daily newspaper, four standard commercial television stations and one public broadcasting station, 19 AM and FM radio stations (including two Syracuse University campus stations), and one cable television system.

Education: ESF is one of eight colleges and universities located in Onondaga County. The Syracuse University campus is immediately adjacent to ESF and Upstate Medical University is located within easy walking distance. The county has 18 school districts comprising 76 elementary, 26 middle and 21 high schools.

Recreation & Leisure

Shopping: There are several shopping malls and centers in the area. The closest to campus is the Destiny USA Mall with 250 stores for shopping and dining, a multi-screen cinema and restaurants. Armory Square, the downtown historic district, boasts a wide array of boutiques and specialty shops and nightspots. There are a variety of factory outlets and discount stores in other locations.

elmwood park Recreation: There are more than 50 state, county and city parks and several nature centers, including the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, most within a short drive of campus. The area also has 40 golf courses and offers opportunities for boating, swimming, downhill and cross-country skiing, indoor and outdoor ice skating, and extensive trail systems. Lake Ontario and New York’s Finger Lakes are less than an hour’s drive and the Adirondack Park – the largest wilderness area east of the Mississippi – is within a three-hour drive.

Sports: NCAA Division I collegiate sports are played at Syracuse University, including nationally ranked teams in basketball and lacrosse, and women's field hockey and cross country. Nearby LeMoyne College hosts a Division I baseball program. The Syracuse SkyChiefs, a AAA affiliate of the Washington Nationals, play at Alliance Bank Stadium and the Syracuse Crunch hockey team, which plays downtown at the OnCenter, is an affiliate of the Columbus Bluejackets. There is horse-racing at Vernon Downs or Finger Lakes Race track, both within easy driving distance; and several area speedways host auto-racing events. For years, Syracuse has been home to the New York State Special Olympics.

Culture/The Arts: The area boasts a variety of cultural organizations (many nationally recognized) and activities are a hallmark of the community. These include the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Syracuse Stage, the Famous Artist Series, and the Syracuse Opera Company. The Everson Museum is within walking distance of campus, as is Syracuse University's Lowe Art Center. Other venues for the arts and entertainment include the Landmark Theatre, the OnCenter Complex, and the Empire Expo Center at the New York State Fairgrounds.

Community Events: The area hosts a wealth of annual events including the New York State Fair, the JGB Jazz Fest, Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festival, The Syracuse International Sporthorse Tournament, the Renaissance Festival, and Lights on the Lake. There are also numerous downtown cultural festivals during the summer and fall. In the University neighborhood, the Westcott Street Festival welcomes students back to Syracuse in September.

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