Which Central New York Cities Rank Among the State’s Youngest?
There are 62 cities in New York state. Which ones are most popular among millennials? Ithaca, with its liberal, artsy culture, its teeming bazaar of buskers, food and fun at Ithaca Commons, and its large college demographic, ranks as New York state's youngest city, with a median age of 21.8.
Oneonta has a median age of 21.8, and its youthful populous is bolstered by Hartwick College and Oneonta State. But the other youngest New York cities in the top 20 may surprise you. Some of them surround the Mohawk Valley.
Utica is the 16th youngest city in New York State, with a median age of 34. Baggs Square is booming and young entrepreneurs are being incentivized to launch businesses in The Downtown Startup Challenge, for which the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties awards up to $30,000 for an innovative business idea in Utica or Rome.
Albany is #11, with its median age at 31.2. An article in our capitol city's Times-Union earlier this year said:
Albany is slowly becoming what is referred to as the 'Silicon Valley of the East Coast,' with companies such as GE putting up headquarters and employing over 7,000 people...millennials who want to be in tech, but don't want to pay for real Silicon Valley housing prices.
Rochester is #10, with a median age of 31. The Wegmans grocery chain is based there and is ranked 12th by Fortune magazine among its top 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials. The company's workforce is 57% millennial.
Syracuse ranks 7th, with a median age of 29.9. In a study by a company called Growella, Syracuse made the list of the top 25 cities nationally for people under 35, when it comes to entry-level jobs, ease of commute--and it ranks #2 in best nightlife young adults.
The full list of New York State's youngest cities is available at NewYorkUpstate.com.