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).
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 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.