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Onondaga County

The county seat in Onondaga County is Syracuse. Onondaga County was originally part of Albany County when counties were established in New York in 1683. In 1794 Onondaga County was split off from Herkimer Counter. Much larger than it is now, Cayuga County and Cortland County were eventually split off from Onondaga.

Onondaga County is in west central New York State.







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The estimated 2004 population of Onondaga County is 459,805. There are 181,153 households out of which 30% had children. The population density was 587 people per square mile.


Onondaga County climate is seasonal, with January Temperatures on average 24³, April 46³, July 71³, and September 62³. The average yearly snowfall is 114 inches, the growing season is about 171 days, and the annual rainfall is 36 inches.

Jobs & Commerce

As of 2002 the per capita personal income in Onondaga County was $30,119, an increase 21% over 1997. Onondaga County is experiencing a 2.2% employment growth so far in 2006. The unemployment rate is 4.4%, beneath both the U.S. and New York average. The employment by industry is 14% manufacturing, 3.6& wholesale trade, 11.7% retail, 3.1% information technology, 5% finance, and 5.9% professional, scientific, & technical services.

Notable Communities - Baldwinsville

As of the 2000 census the Village of Baldwinsville has a population of 7,053.Every year the community holds several festivals, such as Celebrate Baldwinsville, The Seneca River Day festival, and many other events in the local Anheuser-Busch amphitheater.

The Village of Baldwinsville has a rich architectural legacy from the 19 nth century, ranging from vernacular designs to high style. The designs of famous architects Horatio Nelson White, Archimedes Russell, Charles Colton, and Ward Wellington Ward have garnered acclaim from the National Registrar and national publications.


As of the 2000 census clay has a population of 58,805, making it the largest suburb ofSyracuse. Founded in 1827, it contains the major retail strip of Syracuse's northwesterly suburbs. Clay is close to the Syracuse Hancock International Airport and US Routes 81 and 90.

The Town of Clay is the northernmost town in Onondaga County, and is almost 55 square miles in size and also encompasses part of the village of North Syracuse.


The Village of Liverpool is located in the town of Salina, and is a northern suburb of Syracuse. As of the 2000 census, the population of Liverpool is 2,505. Historic sites and museums include Liverpool Willow Museum, Sainte Marie Among the Iroquois Living History Museum, and the Salt Museum. This beautiful village is located on the north shore of Onondaga Lake and offers unique shops, restaurants, and other lakeside recreational activities.


The historic Village of Skaneateles is a thriving residential and commercial community with a population of 7,323 as of the 2000 U.S. census. Located on Skaneateles Lake, the town was founded in 1830. The downtown district has historic buildings dating back to 1796, and offers many delightful dining and shopping opportunities

The community has many cottages and antique houses, and the natural scenery and many parks offer many wonders during the summer and ice skating in the winter.


As of the 2000 census Syracuse has a population of 147,306 and its metropolitan has a population of 732,112. Syracuse is the county seat of Onondaga County and also serves as the economic, cultural, and educational hub of the region. The city has served as a major intersection of commerce over the last two centuries, first with the Erie Canal and later the rail road networks. Today Syracuse is located is intersected by Upstate New York's two major interstate highways and its airport is the largest in the area.


Syracuse is known for its winter snowfall, with about 115.6 inches per winter. The metropolitan Syracuse area receives more snowfall on average than any other large city in the United States, and research has shown that Syracuse receives more snow than any other urban area in the world.

The hottest month is July, with an average high temperature of 82° and January is on average the coldest, with average lows of 14°.

Jobs & Commerce

Syracuse top employers now are primarily in education and in the service industry, fueled by the growth of Syracuse University and Upstate Medical University. The top employers in theSyracuse area as of January 2006 include:

. Syracuse University - 7,371

. State University of New York Upstate medical University - 6,400

. National Grid - 4,989

. Wegmans Food Markets - 4,717

. Oneida Nation and Oneida Nation Enterprises - 4,700

. St. Joseph's Hospital Heath Center - 3,307

. Magna International - 3,000

. Verizon Communications - 2,350

. Penn Traffic Co. - 2,700

. Lockheed Martin Corp. - 2,350

. Loretto - 2,204

Other major industries based in Syracuse include Bristol Myers Squibb, Time Warner Cable, and tied New York City with the highest growth rate in jobs in the state.

Parks & Recreation

Syracuse is known for its performing arts, culture, and parks. Syracuse is home to the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. This orchestra performs over 200 concerts a year for audience of 250,000. The Clinton String Quartet is based in Syracuse and performs at black tie functions, community events, and weddings. The Syracuse Opera Company performs three pieces each season.

For museums and art galleries, Syracuse has many locations for your cultural enjoyment. The Everson Museum of Art features one of the most extensive pottery collections in the U.S. The Erie Canal Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the Erie Canal and its role inSyracuse's growth. The International Mask and Puppet Museum focuses on masks and puppets which are used in educational performances for kids. Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology features exhibits in science and technology and houses the city's IMAX Theater. The Onondaga Historical Association Museum & Research Center offers historic archives to the regions history. The Delavan Art Gallery has 3,800 square feet of exhibit space and houses the studios of a number of area artists. The Warehouse Gallery exhibits and commissions work from area artists.

Syracuse offers over 170 parks, fields, and other recreational areas for you and your family. These parks total over 1000 acres. Burnet Park has the first public golf course in the U.S. Rosamond Gifford Zoo is also located in Burnet Park. Other parks include Thomden Park, Schiller Park, Sunnycrest Park, and the Onondaga-Kirk Parks. Also, there are twelve public pools, three public ice rinks, and two 9 hole golf courses open to the public.

Local Links

Onondaga County Website

Greater Syracuse Economic Growth Council Resource Center

Onondaga County Parks & Recreation

Village of Baldwinsville

City of Syracuse

Town of Clay

Village of Liverpool

Syracuse University

Museum of Science & Technology

Liverpool Chamber of Commerce

Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce

Syracuse Symphony Orchestra

Town of Skaneateles

Syracuse Shopping

Syracuse Stage

Skaneateles Chamber of Commerce

Syracuse Dining

Syracuse Opera

Syracuse Visitors & Convention Center

Syracuse Parks & Recreation

Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park


Syracuse News & More


Oswego County

In 1816 Oswego County was created as New York State's 48 th county, drawn up from parts of Oneida County and Onondaga County . Located just north of Syracuse and northwest of Utica, Oswego County is also on the eastern shore of Lake Ontario and the Tug Hill Plateau makes up the eastern boundary of the county.


Albion (town)

Lacona (village)

Phoenix (village)

Altmar (village)

Mexico (village)

Pulaski (village)

Amboy (town)

Mexico (town)

Redfield (town)

Boylston (town)

Minetto (town)

Richland (town)

Central Square (village)

New Haven (town)

Sand Ridge (hamlet)

Cleveland (village)

Orwell (town)

Sandy Creek (village)

Constantia (town)

Oswego (city)

Sandy Creek (town)

Fulton (city)

Oswego (town)

Schroeppel (town)

Granby (town)

Palermo (town)

Scriba (town)

Hastings (town)

Parish (village)

Volney (town)

Hannibal (village)

Parish (town)

West Monroe (town)

Hannibal (town)


Williamstown (town)


The 2004 estimated population for Oswego County as of 2004 is 123,776, an increase of 1.14% from the 2000 census. The population density is 128 people per square mile. There are 45,522 households, of which almost 35% have children. For every 100 females there are 97.50 males.


Just as the surrounding counties, Oswego County has climatic changes associated with the seasons. Average January temperatures are around 25°, April temperatures average between 40-50°, July averages around 70°, and October temperatures begin to dip again to around 50°. Snow falls from November through April, and averages 37 inches of rainfall a year.

Jobs & Commerce

As of the 2000 census the median household income for Oswego County was $36,598 and as of 2002 the per capita personal income in Oswego County was $22,365, an increase of almost 19% from 1997. Companies that have a strong economic impact on Oswego Countyinclude Agrilink Foods, Inc., Alcan Aluminum, Black Clawson, Crysteel Manufacturing, Interface Solutions, Nestle Food and Confection, Sealright Packaging Co., and Sonoco Flexible Packaging. These companies are among the county's top employers.

Oswego County is also among the top power producing areas in the United States because of nuclear power plants gas and coal fired plants, co-generation plants, and hydroelectric stations. Oswego County provides energy to throughout the northeast.

Parks & Recreation

Oswego County has a thriving art and culture scene, including music, theatre, dance, art galleries, museums, and more.

The Tyler Art Gallery offers many exhibitions that showcase social issues, pop culture, and history. The SUNY Oswego Music Department allows students to practice and show off their musical talents. The Oswego College/Community Orchestra and Oswego Festival Chorus combine the talent of members of the community.

The Oswego City Library hosts activities throughout the year for all ages. The Oswego Historical Society showcases and preserves historical artifacts relating to the history ofOswego County and the surrounding areas. The Heritage Foundation of Oswego preserves and maintains historic buildings. The Art Association of Oswego serves to bolster art appreciation and education to promote and encourage local Oswego County artists. The Richardson-Bates House Museum is home to the Oswego County Historical Society. Fort Ontario, the scene of colonial battles between the British and the French, has been restored and has reconstructed the lives of soldiers with costumes, and other reenactments.

The beauty of Oswego County nature allows residents to enjoy auto racing, bird watching, canalling, camping, canoeing & kayaking, fishing, golfing, hiking & biking, hunting, scuba diving, swimming, and winter sports.

Wilderness and nature parks include:

. Battle Hill State Forest

. Chateaugay State Forest

. Fallbrook Recreation Center

. Hastings Town Park

. Klondike State Forest

. Littlejohn Wildlife Management Area

. Oswego County Recreational Trail

. Salmon River State Forest

. Sandy Creek Community Park

. Three Mile Bay Wildlife Management Area

Notable Communities - Fulton

As of the 2000 census Fulton has a population of 11,855. Fulton was named after Robert Fulton, the investor of the steamboat. The community was incorporated as a village in 1835.Fulton is located on the Oswego River, Erie Canal, and borders Lake Neatahwanta. Fulton is located near Lake Ontario and enjoys "lake effect" snow fall in excess if 100 inches per year.


The 2000 census listed the population of Phoenix, New York at 2,251. The village was named after Alexander Phoenix. The Village of Phoenix is in the southwest part of the Town of Schroeppel. The village was incorporated in 1848, and is on the north side of the Oswego River and the Oswego/Erie canals.

Local Links

Oswego County Official Site

Oswego County History & Museums

Oswego County Fishing

Oswego County Outdoor Recreation

Oswego County Public Transit

Greater Oswego Chamber of Commerce

Oswego Shopping

Oswego Public Library

City of Fulton

Oswego Restaurants

Oswego Health

City of Fulton Department of Parks & Recreation

Fort Ontario

Streamside Campground & Country Club

Phoenix Public Library

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor- National Park Service

Cayuga County

Cayuga County was established in 1794, by splitting Onondaga County. Originally Cayuga County was much larger and eventually Seneca and Tompkins Counties were formed out of Cayuga CountyCayuga County is located in the west central region of New York, in the Finger Lakes region. Owasco Lake is in the center of Cayuga County, and Cayuga Lake makes up part of the western boundary. Lake Ontario is the northern border, and Skaneateles Lake is on the eastern border, giving Cayuga County more waterfront real estate than any other county in New York not bordering the Atlantic Ocean. The county seat is located in Auburn.


Auburn (city)

Ira (town)

Scipio (town)

Aurelius (town)

Ledyard (town)

Sempronius (town)

Aurora (village)

Locke (town)

Sennett (town)

Brutus (town)

Melrose Park (town)

Springport (town)

Cato (town)

Mentz (town)

Sterling (town)

Cato (village)

Meridian (village)

Summerhill (town)

Cayuga (village)

Montezuma (town)

Throop (town)

Conquest (town)

Moravia (town)

Union Springs (village)

Fair Haven (village)

Niles (town)

Venice (town)

Fleming (town)

Owasco (town)

Victory (town)

Genoa (town)

Port Byron (village)

Weedsport (village)


As of the 2000 U.S. census Cayuga County has a population of 81,963 people. The population density is 118 per square mile, with 30,558 households in the county and the average family size of 3.04. The Cayuga County seat, Auburn, has a population of 28,574.

Jobs & Economy

Situated between Syracuse and Rochester, Cayuga County is in an ideal business location. Major sources of employment in Cayuga County is in manufacturing, with such diverse products as steel, machinery, plastic products, auto parts, diesel engines, electrical & electronic components, and fiber optics. Another principal economic power is agriculture.Cayuga County produces livestock, dairy, and other crops. Cayuga County is New York's number one corn producing county and fourth in dairy production.

The per capita income as of 2002 in Cayuga County was $24,526, an increase of over 21% from 1997.

Notable Community - Fair Haven

This picturesque village in Cayuga County has a population of 884 as of the 2000 census. The village is known as a gorgeous resort area. Once a shipping port, Fair Haven is now famous for its fishing. When the Fair Haven Bay freezes in the winter there are rental huts available for ice fishing fun. The Fair Haven State Park is open year round when you want to take a break from the abundant fishing opportunities. Fair Haven has some of the best fishing, swimming, boating, and camping available in NY.

Local Links

Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce

Cayuga County Official Site

Cayuga County Parks Departments

Cayuga County Planning & Development

Cayuga County Youth Bureau

Cayuga County Museums

Village of Fair Haven

Sterling Renaissance Festival

Fair Haven Chamber of Commerce

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