Syracuse, New York Population 2020

140,987

Syracuse is a city located in Onondaga County, New York. With a 2020 population of 140,987, it is the 5th largest city in New York (after New York, Buffalo, Rochester, and Yonkers) and the 196th largest city in the United States. Syracuse is currently declining at a rate of -0.62% annually and its population has decreased by -2.88% 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 5,633 people per square mile.

The average household income in Syracuse is $53,081 with a poverty rate of 31.79%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $793 per month, and the median house value is $93,200. The median age in Syracuse is 30.8 years, 30.3 years for males, and 31.4 years for females. For every 100 females there are 90.8 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: 55.01%
  • Black or African American: 29.67%
  • Asian: 6.77%
  • Two or more races: 5.40%
  • Other race: 2.30%
  • Native American: 0.83%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.02%
The current population of Syracuse, New York is 140,987, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 142,749. The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 145,170.
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020649,410-546-0.08%
2019649,956-546-0.08%
2018650,502-546-0.08%
2017651,048-3,157-0.48%
2016654,205-3,428-0.52%
2015657,633-2,501-0.38%
2014660,134-1,673-0.25%
2013661,8079100.14%
2012660,897-1,520-0.23%
2011662,417-691-0.10%
2010663,1080.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White78,82055.01%
Black or African American42,51429.67%
Asian9,7016.77%
Two or More Races7,7425.40%
Some Other Race3,2962.30%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,1850.83%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander350.02%

Syracuse Population Pyramid 2020

Syracuse Median Age

30.8


Total

30.3


Male

31.4


Female

Syracuse Adults

There are 111,961 adults, (17,431 of whom are seniors) in Syracuse.

Syracuse Age Dependency

51.6

Age Dependency Ratio

18.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

33.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Syracuse Sex Ratio

Female

75,097

52.41%

Male

68,196

47.59%

Syracuse Households and Families

Syracuse Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Syracuse Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married66.3%33.7%
Male38.7%61.3%
All38.7%61.3%
Non Family29.7%70.3%
Female25.9%74.1%

38.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All55,3062.3238.7
Non Family27,6311.3629.7
Married14,1223.1966.3
Female10,8973.425.9
Male2,6563.3438.7

3.15

Average Family Size

2.32

Average Household Size

7.8%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.5%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Syracuse Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade5,3806.24%
9th to 12th Grade10,46512.13%
High School Graduate23,19626.89%
Some College15,58118.06%
Associates Degree7,9329.20%
Bachelors Degree12,85314.90%
Graduate Degree10,85212.58%

Syracuse Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White49,27543,51817,462
Black23,22017,2662,511
Hispanic6,4234,7921,243
Asian4,8022,6601,681
Multiple Races2,6272,221636
Other Race1,7641,134367
Native American889689194
Islander352720

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 88.32%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 57.14%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$32,780$35,032$31,555
Less Than High School$22,270$25,436$18,105
High School Grad$28,217$30,143$26,212
Some College$31,414$33,891$30,153
Bachelors Degree$43,658$47,238$40,440
Graduate Degree$53,118$53,325$52,895

$32,780

Average Earnings

$35,032

Average Male

$31,555

Average Female

Syracuse Language

Syracuse Language by Age

Syracuse Language

81.11% of Syracuse residents speak only English, while 18.89% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 6.63% of the population.

Syracuse Poverty

Syracuse Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black40,77416,12539.55%
White62,95714,22922.60%
Hispanic12,1875,50145.14%
Asian7,8563,17740.44%
Multiple7,2323,13243.31%
Other2,9871,40046.87%
Native1,10931528.40%
Islander34926.47%

31.79%

Overall Poverty Rate

30.44%

Male Poverty Rate

33.05%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Syracuse

The race most likely to be in poverty in Syracuse is Other, with 46.87% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Syracuse is White, with 22.60% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.59%. Among those working part-time, it was 33.75%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 43.99%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School43.28%
High School26.26%
Some College19.91%
Bachelors or Greater12.54%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed54.86%
Male Unemployed48.14%
Female Employed15.05%
Male Employed11.56%

Syracuse Income

Syracuse Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$36,308$53,081
Families$45,785$63,501
Married Families$71,424$88,109
Non Families$26,554$39,992

Syracuse Marital Status

Syracuse Marital Status

Marriage Rates

27.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

29.5%

Male Marriage Rate

25.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Syracuse Married by Age and Sex

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

Syracuse Veterans

5,842

Number of Veterans

5,307

Male Veterans

535

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,860
First Gulf War1,058
Second Gulf War847
Korea516
World War II396
Age Group Veterans
75+1,410
55 to 641,373
35 to 541,344
65 to 741,312
18 to 34403
Name Veterans % of Total
White4,3136.33%
Black1,1724.03%
Hispanic2793.16%
2 or More1514.17%
Indian10110.22%
Other682.85%
Asian360.47%
Hawaiian12.86%

$Syracuse Veterans by Education

13.42%

Veteran Poverty Rate

30.04%

Veteran Disability Rate

Syracuse Employment Status

55.9%

Labor Force Participation

50.1%

Employment Rate

10.2%

Unemployment Rate

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

65.74%

Born in New York

86.73%

Native Born

13.27%

Foreign Born

7.86%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

86.73% of Syracuse residents were born in the United States, with 65.74% having been born in New York. 7.86% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020140,987-881-0.62%
2019141,868-881-0.62%
2018142,7494490.32%
2017142,300-881-0.62%
2016143,181-646-0.45%
2015143,827-558-0.39%
2014144,385-711-0.49%
2013145,0966340.44%
2012144,462-104-0.07%
2011144,566-704-0.48%
2010145,270-2,036-0.14%
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%