Utica has taken a lot of flack over the years but now comes a naysayer's rebuttal. Here are 5 reasons you should consider moving to Utica. 

We can think at least 5 reasons we're proud to call Utica our home.

1. Fabulous Food

If you've never lived in Utica, you're missing out on some of the best food in in the country. If you're a pizza lover, move to Utica. According to Find the Company.com:

With 31 pizza restaurants, or 5.00 per 10,000 people, Utica has more pizza restaurants per capita than New York City .

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Have you ever tried Chicken Riggies? If not, you're missing out on one of the most delicious dishes we've ever sunk our teeth into, and it's a "Utica" original. Utica greens, chicken wings, and tomato pie are a few more reasons you'll fall in love with the food in Utica.


2. Little Traffic Congestion

Utica offers many of the same amenities that bigger cities offer without the major traffic jams. It's nice to be just minutes away from the best restaurants, shops, schools, and businesses without having to worry about making it to your destination on time.

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Routes 8, 12, 5, and 5a are some of Utica's busiest highways, but even on the most bustling days you're likely not to be held up for more than fifteen minutes.


3. The People

Utica, New York is home to some of the most kind and generous people we've ever met. They're always willing to lend a helping hand, and Utican's are some of the most down to earth and genuine folks in the state. Typically you'll never have to second guess what a Utican is trying to tell you; most speak their minds, but they also genuinely care.

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4. Utica's Surrounding Neighborhoods

The Utica area has numerous surrounding villages that you'd probably love to call home. New Hartford Central School was recently voted one of the top 100 schools in New York state according to Niche.com. Many of the neighboring villages have plenty of family activities and offer a comfortable small town feel. Sauquoit, Whitesboro, and New York Mills are all prime examples.

Naomi Lynn
Naomi Lynn

If you're family's looking for fun, you can ice skate year round in Whitesboro. You can also visit some the quaint shops in historic Clinton, or even take the kids out for an incredible time at Rockin' Jump in New Hartford.


 5. Community Spirit

The community feeling found in Utica is second to none. It's safe to say that there's a kindred community bond here. You can count on Uticans rallying together to show their support for local events and charities like the world famous Boilermaker 15K Road Race, and America's Great Heart Run and Walk.


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