Best Cities 2010: Syracuse, NY

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Best Cities 2010: Syracuse, NY

Syracuse is home to the longest running State Fair in the nation, dating back to 1841

City: Syracuse 

State: New York

Best Cities Overall Rank: 72 

About Syracuse:

Syracuse is home to the longest running State Fair in the nation, dating back to 1841.

Syracuse averages an 11.3 to 1 Pupil/Teacher ratio.

With Golisano Children’s Hospital, Syracuse ranks 87th amongst our healthy cities.

County: Onondaga 

Population: 138,068

Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitors’ bureau website 

Newspaper with the largest circulation: The Post-Standard 

Syracuse blogs:

Cage-Free Monkeys

CNY Life


Syracuse‘s Facebook page: Follow Syracuse on Facebook

Syracuse‘s Twitter page: Follow Syracuse on Twitter 


Education rank: 30

High School graduation rate 2007: 51%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 1

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0.72

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 4

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 2.9

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 264

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 11.3

Total Expenditures Per Student: $16,775


Health rank: 10

Quality children’s hospitals: 1

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.72

Quality Pediatricians: 1

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0.72

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0


Safety rank: 90

Violent Crimes, 2008: 1,366

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 989.37

Sex Offenders: 824

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 596.8


Economy rank: 50           

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 16.3             

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 9.1           

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 833.78

Median Home Sale Price: 89100                         

5-Year Home Value Index: -2.29%                         

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 17.44%           


Recreation Rank: 

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 1000           

Parkland per 100,000: 724.28