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Ithaca, New York

urban • northeast, USA

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Ithaca, New York, has a thriving downtown, which includes many eclectic shops, restaurants and pubs.
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About Ithaca

Located in south-central New York on the south end of Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes Region, Ithaca is perhaps most recognized as the home of the world-renowned Cornell University. Warm summers provide plenty of opportunity for outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, kayaking, swimming, boating, fishing and other outdoor sports. Ithaca gets an average of 63 inches of snow per year, providing an opportunity for downhill skiing, sledding and snowboarding, and many people still visit the beautiful waterfalls even in the winter. Top Ithaca attractions include Cornell University, Cornell Botanical Gardens, Cayuga Lake, Ithaca Falls Natural Area, Johnson Museum of Art, as well as several local and state parks and over 100 waterfalls. The region is also known for its many wineries, pubs, breweries and restaurants. The Ithaca Ale House serves up creative and decadent burgers. Other notable food fun facts: Ithaca claims to be the birthplace of both the ice cream sundae and pizza delivery. The Ithaca City School District system features 12 schools, and is consistently recognized as a top public school district for music education. Ithaca City School District boasts an 88 percent matriculation rate among graduating seniors. Students have the opportunity in high school to take advancement placement classes to prepare for college. Ithaca offers a few planned housing subdivisions, but most homes include a mix of 19th to early 20th century Victorian, Greek Revival, Craftsman, Colonial Revival and Tudor. The downtown area boasts a robust mix of eclectic shops, restaurants and pubs. The Foundry, right in the heart of downtown Ithaca, provides a variety of shared work spaces, offering full and part-time desk space. Amenities include single or shared desks and credits for the conference room. Another coworking space, The CommonSpot, offers rentable space by the hour, day, month or year, as well as business and networking support. Ithaca is just a little over an hour’s drive from Syracuse and a few hours drive to the East Coast, so you can explore the Finger Lakes Region or beaches along the Atlantic Ocean. Ithaca Tompkins International Airport underwent a major renovation and expansion project, which was completed in 2018. The airport is the closest hub to Cornell University, and several major carriers serve the region.



Internet Speed Rating

150 Mbps

Closest Airport

Ithaca Tompkins International Airport • 5 mi

Weather (High/Low)

81 / 18

Median Home Value (3BR, 2BA)



Ithaca, New York, named for the Greek Island, Ithaca, in Homer’s Odyssey is best known for its more than 100 waterfalls within 10 miles from downtown. If these waterfalls were to be put together, it would create a waterfall 7,342 feet tall, or 1.39 miles of falling water.
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