Syracuse, New York Population 2018

Syracuse is the count seat of Onondaga County, New York and the 5th most populous city in New York state. Syracuse is the educational and economic hub of Central New York and takes its name from the original Syracuse in Italy. Syracuse has an estimated population of 146,000.

Syracuse had a population of 145,000 at the 2010 census although the metropolitan area has a population of more than 732,000. The city proper has a population density of 5,584 people per square mile (2,233/square kilometer).

Syracuse Demographics

The racial composition of Syracuse is about 64% white, 25% African American, 3% Asian, 1% Native American, 2% other races, and 4% from two or more races. Hispanic and Latino people of any race account for 5% of the population. The most common ancestries in the city are Irish (16%), Italian (14%), German (12%), English (8%), and Polish (5%).

There are 26 neighborhoods in Syracuse, many of which reflect the city's historically ethnic population. Polish, Irish, and Ukrainian Americans are largely found on the west side of the city in Little Italy while Jewish Americans settled on the east side. The African-American population is concentrated on the south side while Italian and German Americans have a large presence on the north side.

Many religions are represented in Syracuse, including Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Islam, and Judaism.

Syracuse was recently ranked by Forbes as the 4th best place in the United States to raise a family with a low crime rate, great education, and low cost of living.

Syracuse Population Growth

Syracuse has experienced negative growth for every census since the city reached a peak population of 209,000 in 1930. Between 1970 and 2000, the population declined from 197,000 to 146,000. After more than 70 years of population decline, it appears that Syracuse is finally halting the loss and experiencing some growth. City leaders were surprised to find that the population of Central New York grew by 1.4% in the last decade, hitting an all-time high of 742,000 in the 4-county Syracuse area.

Today, the downtown area is experiencing a booming residential population growth, with the downtown area experiencing a 47% population increase over the last 10 years and a 21% increase over the last 3 years.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2017143,396-545-0.38%
2016143,941-459-0.32%
2015144,400-415-0.29%
2014144,815-591-0.41%
2013145,4067650.53%
2012144,641-23-0.02%
2011144,664-619-0.43%
2010145,283-2,023-0.14%
2000147,306-16,554-1.06%
1990163,860-6,245-0.37%
1980170,105-27,192-1.47%
1970197,297-18,741-0.90%
1960216,038-4,545-0.21%
1950220,58314,6160.69%
1940205,967-3,359-0.16%
1930209,32637,6092.00%
1920171,71734,4682.27%
1910137,24928,8752.39%
1900108,37420,2312.09%
189088,14336,3515.46%
188051,7928,7411.87%
187043,05114,9324.35%
186028,1195,8482.36%
185022,2710.00%

Syracuse Population in 2018Source: By John Marino from Pittsburgh (SyracuseUploaded by GrapedApe) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White79,783
Black or African American41,854
Asian9,621
Two or More Races8,145
Some Other Race3,661
American Indian and Alaska Native1,234
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander52

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Syracuse Population Pyramid 2018

0%2%4%6%8%10%12% Male Population0%2%4%6%8%10%12% Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Syracuse Median Age

30.6


Total

30


Male

31.4


Female

Syracuse Adults

There are 113,026 adults, (17,178 of which are seniors) in Syracuse.

Syracuse Age Dependency

50.7

Age Dependency Ratio

17.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

32.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Syracuse Sex Ratio

Female

76,099

52.72%

Male

68,251

47.28%

Syracuse Households and Families

Syracuse Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Syracuse Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married67.5%32.5%
Male39.3%60.7%
All38.8%61.2%
Non Family30%70%
Female26.5%73.5%

38.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Syracuse Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All55,4422.3538.8
Non Family28,2941.3530
Married13,4553.2767.5
Female11,2433.526.5
Male2,4503.4939.3

3.24

Average Family Size

2.35

Average Household Size

7.3%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.5%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Syracuse Households

Syracuse Education

Syracuse Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade5,6116.47%
9th to 12th Grade10,86212.53%
High School Graduate22,82426.33%
Some College16,58619.13%
Associates Degree7,5778.74%
Bachelors Degree12,69814.65%
Graduate Degree10,54112.16%

Syracuse Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White50,85144,43817,278
Black22,90317,1812,477
Hispanic5,6383,9321,109
Asian4,8422,6071,721
Multiple Races2,5122,056624
Other Race1,7901,108262
Native American796609160
Islander523514

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 87.39%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 35.54%.

Syracuse Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$30,350$31,654$28,809
Less Than High School$17,831$20,187$15,833
High School Grad$25,580$26,611$24,455
Some College$28,897$31,182$27,161
Bachelors Degree$39,735$42,471$36,472
Graduate Degree$52,373$54,571$50,392

$30,350

Average Earnings

$31,654

Average Male

$28,809

Average Female

Syracuse Language

Syracuse Language by Age

Syracuse Language

82.26% of Syracuse residents speak only English, while 17.74% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Spanish, which is spoken by 6.09% of the population.

Syracuse Poverty

Syracuse Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black40,03216,93942.31%
White65,38615,04323.01%
Hispanic11,5145,10944.37%
Multiple7,6133,92051.49%
Asian7,8993,91349.54%
Other3,4431,93456.17%
Native1,13335331.16%
Islander5259.62%

33.64%

Overall Poverty Rate

32.18%

Male Poverty Rate

34.97%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Syracuse

The race most likely to be in poverty in Syracuse is Other, with 56.17% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Syracuse is Islander, with 9.62% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.14%. Among those working part-time, it was 35.73%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 46.48%.

Syracuse Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School45.07%
High School27.32%
Some College21.92%
Bachelors or Greater11.92%

Syracuse Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Female Unemployed56.39%
Male Unemployed51.08%
Female Employed17.72%
Male Employed12.67%

Syracuse Income

Syracuse Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$32,704$49,319
Families$42,739$58,621
Married Families$69,738$82,883
Non Families$23,701$37,801

Syracuse Marital Status

Syracuse Marital Status

Marriage Rates

26.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

29.0%

Male Marriage Rate

24.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Syracuse Married by Age and Sex

Syracuse Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55To64.

Syracuse Marital Status by Race

Syracuse Veterans

Syracuse Veterans by War

6,160

Number of Veterans

5,564

Male Veterans

596

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam1,960
First Gulf War827
Second Gulf War694
Korea601
World War II576

Syracuse Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
35 to 541,530
75+1,480
65 to 741,413
55 to 641,342
18 to 34395

Syracuse Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White4,5056.54%
Black1,2214.23%
2 or More2035.41%
Hispanic2012.51%
Asian1021.33%
Indian808.31%
Other431.63%
Hawaiian611.54%

Syracuse Veterans by Education

14.17%

Veteran Poverty Rate

32.54%

Veteran Disability Rate

Syracuse Employment Status

Syracuse Employment by Age

56.7%

Labor Force Participation

50.5%

Employment Rate

10.7%

Unemployment Rate

Syracuse Employment by Race

Syracuse Employment by Education

Syracuse Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

66.95%

Born in New York

88.02%

Native Born

11.98%

Foreign Born

7.94%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

88.02% of Syracuse residents were born in the United States, with 66.95% having been born in New York. 7.94% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.