Syracuse, New York Population 2023

149,655

Syracuse is a city located in Onondaga County New York. With a 2023 population of 149,655, it is the 5th largest city in New York and the 192nd largest city in the United States.Syracuse is currently growing at a rate of 0.23% annually and its population has increased by 0.7% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 148,620 in 2020. Spanning over 26 miles, Syracuse has a population density of 5,979 people per square mile.

The average household income in Syracuse is $55,573 with a poverty rate of 33.07%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Syracuse is 31.7 years, 30.9 years for males, and 32.4 years for females.

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: 53.44%
  • Black or African American: 29.39%
  • Two or more races: 6.95%
  • Asian: 6.95%
  • Other race: 2.34%
  • Native American: 0.92%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.02%
The current population of Syracuse, New York is 149,655 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 148,620.

Syracuse, New York Population 2023

Syracuse Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

White

Black or African American

Two or more races

Asian

Other race

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Syracuse Population by Race

Syracuse Population Pyramid 2023

Syracuse Median Age

31.7

Total

30.9

Male

32.4

Female

Syracuse Adults

There are 112,410 adults, (18,428 of whom are seniors) in Syracuse.

Syracuse Age Dependency

51.7

Age Dependency Ratio

19.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

32.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Syracuse Sex Ratio

Female74,52252.28%
Male68,03147.72%

Syracuse Population by Age

Syracuse Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

3.08

Average Family Size

2.25

Average Household Size

39.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Syracuse Households and Families

Male

Female

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Syracuse Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Syracuse Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 70.04%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 29.15%.

Syracuse Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

$34,775

Average Earnings

$36,410

Average Male

$32,982

Average Female

Syracuse Earnings by Educational Attainment

Syracuse Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Syracuse Language

81.21% of Syracuse residents speak only English, while 18.79% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 6.13% of the population.

Syracuse Language

Syracuse Poverty by Race

rate

33.07%

Overall Poverty Rate

29.14%

Male Poverty Rate

31.41%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Syracuse

The race most likely to be in poverty in Syracuse is Islander, with 88.89% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Syracuse is White, with 20.94% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.3%. Among those working part-time, it was 31.14%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 40.77%.

Syracuse Poverty

Syracuse Poverty Rate by Education

Syracuse Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Syracuse Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Syracuse Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

27.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

29.0%

Male Marriage Rate

25.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Syracuse Married by Age and Sex

male

female

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

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Syracuse Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

5,212

Number of Veterans

4,543

Male Veterans

669

Female Veterans

Syracuse Veterans by War

Syracuse Veterans by Age

count

Syracuse Veterans by Race

Syracuse Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

15.04%

Veteran Poverty Rate

32.45%

Veteran Disability Rate

Syracuse Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

56.5%

Labor Force Participation

51%

Employment Rate

9.6%

Unemployment Rate

Syracuse Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Syracuse Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Syracuse Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

63.04%

Born in Syracuse

83.03%

Native Born

12.89%

Foreign Born

7.45%

Non Citizen

5.44%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

83.03% of Syracuse residents were born in the United States, with 63.04% having been born in New York. 7.45% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Syracuse Place of Birth

Note: data after 2020 is projected based on recent growth

Syracuse Population by Year