Syracuse Population 2017

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 Change
2015 144,142 -0.70%
2010 145,170 -1.50%
2000 147,306 -10.10%
1990 163,860 -3.70%
1980 170,105 -13.80%
1970 197,297 -8.70%
1960 216,038 -2.10%
1950 220,583 7.10%
1940 205,967 -1.60%
1930 209,326 21.90%
1920 171,717 25.10%
1910 137,249 26.60%
1900 108,374 23.00%
1890 88,143 70.20%
1880 51,792 20.30%
1870 43,051 53.10%
1860 28,119 26.30%
1850 22,271 0.00%

Syracuse Population in 2017 Source: Spyder Monkey

Syracuse Race Data

Race Population Percentage
White 79,927 55.26%
Black or African American 42,656 29.49%
American Indian and Alaska Native 1,331 0.92%
Asian 9,296 6.43%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 21 0.01%
Some Other Race 3,948 2.73%
Two or More Races 7,469 5.16%

Population Pyramid

Syracuse Housing Indicators

Indicator Value
Total Housing Units 64,866
Owner-Occupied Units 21,127
Renter-Occupied Units 33,654
Median Home Value $88,800
Median Rent $730
Vacancy Rate 15.5%
Houses With Mortgage 13,274
Houses Without Mortgage 7,853
Median Number of Rooms (per House) 5.3

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Syracuse for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 6.4% and the labor force participation rate is 56.2%.

Syracuse Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Average Household Size 2.38
Average Family Size 3.29
Married Couple Families 13,019
Male Householder (no wife) Families 2,511
Female Householder (no husband) Families 11,392
Non Family Households
Unmarried Martner Households (Opposite Sex) 7.2%
Unmarried Martner Households (Same Sex) 0.6%