Syracuse, New York Population 2021

141,491
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Syracuse is a city located in New York. With a 2020 population of 141,491, it is the 5th largest city in New York (after New York City, Buffalo, Rochester, and Yonkers) and the 194th largest city in the United States. Syracuse is currently declining at a rate of -0.29% annually and its population has decreased by -2.53% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 145,170 in 2010. Syracuse reached it's highest population of 220,583 in 1950. Spanning over 26 miles, Syracuse has a population density of 5,653 people per square mile.

The average household income in Syracuse is $55,573 with a poverty rate of 31.04%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $814 per month, and the median house value is $94,400. The median age in Syracuse is 31.2 years, 30.6 years for males, and 31.7 years for females. For every 100 females there are 90.9 males.

Syracuse is the county 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 Diversity and Religion

There are 26 neighborhoods in Syracuse, many of which reflect the city's historically ethnic population. Polish, Irish, and Ukrainian Americans are primarily 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.

Forbes recently ranked Syracuse as the 4th best place in the United States to raise a family with a low crime rate, excellent 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 notable 47% population increase over the last ten years and a 21% increase over the previous 3 years.

Syracuse Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Syracuse was:

  • White: 54.79%
  • Black or African American: 30.00%
  • Asian: 6.54%
  • Two or more races: 5.36%
  • Other race: 2.27%
  • Native American: 1.01%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.03%
The current population of Syracuse, New York is 141,491, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 142,745.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 145,170.

Syracuse, New York Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021645,217-1,688-0.26%
2020646,905-1,688-0.26%
2019648,593-1,688-0.26%
2018650,281-883-0.14%
2017651,164-3,227-0.50%
2016654,391-3,257-0.50%
2015657,648-2,437-0.37%
2014660,085-1,688-0.26%
2013661,7738710.13%
2012660,902-1,580-0.24%
2011662,482-628-0.09%
2010663,1100.00%

Syracuse Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White78,28354.79%
Black or African American42,86330.00%
Asian9,3486.54%
Two or More Races7,6635.36%
Some Other Race3,2382.27%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,4371.01%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander420.03%
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Syracuse Population by Race

Syracuse Population Pyramid 2021

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Syracuse Median Age

31.2


Total

30.6


Male

31.7


Female

Syracuse Adults

There are 112,152 adults, (18,046 of whom are seniors) in Syracuse.

Syracuse Age Dependency

51.8

Age Dependency Ratio

19.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

32.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Syracuse Sex Ratio

Female

74,824

52.37%

Male

68,050

47.63%

Syracuse Population by Age

Syracuse Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Syracuse Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married67.8%32.2%
All38.9%61.1%
Male38.6%61.4%
Non Family30.1%69.9%
Female25.2%74.8%

38.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Syracuse Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All55,2752.3138.9
Non Family28,2101.3630.1
Married13,7903.267.8
Female10,7193.4325.2
Male2,5563.3638.6

3.18

Average Family Size

2.31

Average Household Size

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Syracuse Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade5,1345.91%
9th to 12th Grade9,85411.34%
High School Graduate23,58127.15%
Some College15,73718.12%
Associates Degree7,8749.07%
Bachelors Degree13,21015.21%
Graduate Degree11,46913.20%
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Syracuse Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Syracuse Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White49,69744,60618,272
Black23,43917,6252,732
Hispanic6,5694,8641,216
Asian4,5632,6051,574
Multiple Races2,7372,282718
Other Race1,8101,121298
Native American1,028795200
Islander423018

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 89.76%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 42.86%.

Syracuse Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$33,936$35,783$32,397
Less Than High School$22,367$25,265$19,470
High School Grad$29,270$30,966$26,476
Some College$32,624$34,678$31,883
Bachelors Degree$44,654$48,427$40,955
Graduate Degree$53,922$55,425$52,515

$33,936

Average Earnings

$35,783

Average Male

$32,397

Average Female

Syracuse Earnings by Educational Attainment

Syracuse Language by Age

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Syracuse Language

81.44% of Syracuse residents speak only English, while 18.56% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 6.26% of the population.

Syracuse Language

Syracuse Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black41,01016,12739.32%
White62,84314,39522.91%
Hispanic12,2394,97740.67%
Asian7,3172,65936.34%
Multiple7,1232,65837.32%
Other2,9361,20140.91%
Native1,33243032.28%
Islander40820.00%

31.04%

Overall Poverty Rate

30.00%

Male Poverty Rate

32.01%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Syracuse

The race most likely to be in poverty in Syracuse is Other, with 40.91% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Syracuse is Islander, with 20.00% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.60%. Among those working part-time, it was 33.22%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 43.16%.

Syracuse Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School42.24%
High School26.59%
Some College19.47%
Bachelors or Greater12.24%

Syracuse Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed55.88%
Male Unemployed50.66%
Female Employed14.79%
Male Employed11.03%

Syracuse Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Syracuse Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$38,276$55,573
Families$47,238$66,510
Married Families$75,019$93,352
Non Families$29,075$42,760
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Income by Household Type

Syracuse Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

26.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

28.7%

Male Marriage Rate

25.3%

Female Marriage Rate

Syracuse Married by Age and Sex

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Syracuse Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Syracuse Marital Status by Race

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Syracuse Marital Status

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5,646

Number of Veterans

5,065

Male Veterans

581

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,974
First Gulf War1,081
Second Gulf War751
World War II349
Korea345

Syracuse Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 741,468
75+1,329
35 to 541,287
55 to 641,240
18 to 34322

Syracuse Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White4,0485.96%
Black1,2824.37%
Hispanic2753.11%
2 or More1233.14%
Indian897.83%
Other743.12%
Asian280.38%
Hawaiian24.76%

Syracuse Veterans by Race

Syracuse Veterans by Education

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13.62%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.35%

Veteran Disability Rate

Syracuse Veterans by Education

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55.9%

Labor Force Participation

50.6%

Employment Rate

9.3%

Unemployment Rate

Syracuse Employment by Age

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Syracuse Employment by Race

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Syracuse Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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66.30%

Born in New York

86.86%

Native Born

13.14%

Foreign Born

7.71%

Non Citizen

5.43%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

86.86% of Syracuse residents were born in the United States, with 66.30% having been born in New York. 7.71% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Syracuse Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021141,491-418-0.29%
2020141,909-418-0.29%
2019142,327-418-0.29%
2018142,7454580.32%
2017142,287-889-0.62%
2016143,176-640-0.45%
2015143,816-515-0.36%
2014144,331-713-0.49%
2013145,0446300.44%
2012144,414-112-0.08%
2011144,526-689-0.47%
2010145,215-2,091-0.14%
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 by Year