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Onondaga County, New York (NY)

County population in 2014: 468,196 (87% urban, 13% rural); it was 458,336 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 84,084
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 37,290
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 116,815
Renter-occupied apartments: 66,312 (it was 64,338 in 2000)
% of renters here:

36%
State:

47%

Land area: 780 sq. mi.

Water area: 25.4 sq. mi.

Population density: 600 people per square mile   (high).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Onondaga County: 102.6 (near average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (21.3%), Educational, health and social services (15.0%), Retail trade (11.8%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (10.8%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 60%
  • Government: 4%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 36%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Onondaga County, New York:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (79.2%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (10.4%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (4.0%)
  • Asian alone (3.1%)
  • Two or more races (2.3%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (0.7%)
Median resident age:  38.0 years
New York median age:  38.0 years
Males: 225,424  (48.1%)
Females: 242,772  (51.9%)
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Onondaga County,NY real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Onondaga County:

2.0 people
New York:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2015: $57,365 ($40,847 in 1999)

This county:

$57,365
New York:

$60,850

Median contract rent in 2015 for apartments: $710 (lower quartile is $565, upper quartile is $889)
This county:

$710
State:

$1058


Estimated median house or condo value in 2015: $139,500 (it was $84,900 in 2000)
Onondaga:

$139,500
New York:

$293,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $100,500 - $204,100

Mean price in 2015:

Detached houses: $176,240
Here:

$176,240
State:

$344,789

Townhouses or other attached units: $179,909
Here:

$179,909
State:

$553,457

In 2-unit structures: $166,993
Here:

$166,993
State:

$524,046

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $256,596
Here:

$256,596
State:

$600,393

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $205,084
Here:

$205,084
State:

$779,069

Mobile homes: $64,604
Here:

$64,604
State:

$72,935
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,324
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $563

Institutionalized population: 4,484

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 29
  • Robberies: 44
  • Assaults: 101
  • Burglaries: 330
  • Thefts: 1312
  • Auto thefts: 47

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 2
  • Rapes: 25
  • Robberies: 35
  • Assaults: 102
  • Burglaries: 372
  • Thefts: 1479
  • Auto thefts: 54
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 836 buildings, average cost: $172,300
  • 2008: 608 buildings, average cost: $176,200
  • 2009: 529 buildings, average cost: $159,700
  • 2010: 541 buildings, average cost: $180,600
  • 2011: 475 buildings, average cost: $186,300
  • 2012: 519 buildings, average cost: $187,500
  • 2013: 463 buildings, average cost: $204,800
  • 2014: 451 buildings, average cost: $200,200

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2015: $4,229 (3.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2015: $3,579 (2.7%)

Onondaga County household income distribution in 2009 Onondaga County home values distribution Onondaga County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 14.7%
(11.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 28.6% for Black residents, 24.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 26.7% for American Indian residents, 13.7% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 45.2% for other race residents, 32.9% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 14.7%
Onondaga County:

14.7%
New York:

15.4%
(11.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 28.6% for Black residents, 24.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 24.3% for American Indian residents, 13.7% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 44.5% for other race residents, 32.1% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2015: 38 years old
(Males: 37 years old, Females: 40 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 44 years old, Black residents: 27 years old, American Indian residents: 32 years old, Asian residents: 29 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 23 years old, Other race residents: 28 years old)

Area name: Syracuse, NY MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Onondaga County is $486 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $586 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $750 a month.

Cities in this county include: Syracuse, Clay, Salina, Cicero, De Witt, Onondaga, Lysander, Geddes, Van Buren, Fairmount.

Onondaga County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
City or TownHomes measuredLiving AreaBasement
Homes Above 4 pCi/L
Best Estimate (%)
Homes Above 4 pCi/L
Range (%)
Homes Above 4 pCi/L
Best Estimate (%)
Homes Above 4 pCi/L
Range (%)
Camillus town6862928 - 315958 - 61
Cicero town970.80.4 - 1.465 - 8
Clay town3261.00.7 - 1.497 - 10
DeWitt town5472119 - 224847 - 50
Elbridge town884036 - 446864 - 72
Fabius town13149 - 214435 - 54
Geddes town3291918 - 214947 - 51
Lafayette town731411 - 174743 - 51
Lysander town11254 - 72320 - 26
Manlius town10232827 - 295958 - 61
Marcellus town1801312 - 154441 - 47
Onondaga Reservation0167 - 324627 - 67
Onondaga town6083028 - 316362 - 65
Otisco town201510 - 204436 - 52
Pompey town1421714 - 195047 - 53
Salina town19222 - 31512 - 17
Skaneateles town14186 - 103027 - 33
Spafford town19117 - 153225 - 40
Syracuse city8951110 - 123735 - 38
Tully town624842 - 538076 - 84
Van Buren town79119 - 132825 - 32
Onondaga county563213 36 

2012 air pollution in Onondaga County:

Carbon Monoxide: 0.301 ppm (standard limit: 9 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Ozone (1-hour): 0.028 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 7.3 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.
Sulfur Oxides Annual: 0.001 ppm (standard limit: 0.03 ppm). Near U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Coos County, Oregon , Chenango County , Lincoln County, Wyoming , Madison County , Marquette County, Wisconsin .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.8%
New York:

4.8%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 35,188
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 85.7%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 28.5%

Number of foreign born residents: 25,929 (52% naturalized citizens)

Onondaga County:

5.7%
Whole state:

20.4%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 7,291
  • 1990 to 1994: 3,939
  • 1985 to 1989: 2,369
  • 1980 to 1984: 1,821
  • 1975 to 1979: 1,196
  • 1970 to 1974: 1,487
  • 1970 to 1974: 1,501
  • 1965 to 1969: 6,325
Note: State values scaled to Onondaga County population

Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.3 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 94.1%

Onondaga County marital status for males Onondaga County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 120,713
  • One, attached: 6,864
  • Two: 18,582
  • 3 or 4: 10,668
  • 5 to 9: 12,732
  • 10 to 19: 9,475
  • 20 or more: 14,861
  • Mobile homes: 2,706
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 32

Housing units in Onondaga County with a mortgage: 71,494 (5,178 second mortgage, 9,848 home equity loan, 242 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 32,594

Here:

68.7% with mortgage
State:

67.9% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Onondaga County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic163,48859
Mainline Protestant42,255129
Evangelical Protestant25,349137
Other18,56934
Black Protestant5,69028
Orthodox4,15212
None207,523-
Onondaga County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 116
Onondaga County:

2.56 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.13 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 5
Here:

0.11 / 10,000 pop.
New York:

0.06 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 49
This county:

1.08 / 10,000 pop.
New York:

0.92 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 124
Onondaga County:

2.74 / 10,000 pop.
New York:

1.68 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 370
This county:

8.17 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.82 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Onondaga County:

7.9%
New York:

8.2%

Adult obesity rate:
Onondaga County:

27.3%
State:

23.8%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

13.7%
State:

15.6%

Agriculture in Onondaga County:

Average size of farms: 216 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $113,330
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $250.86
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 7.01%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 70.07%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $106,904
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 62.73%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $127,518
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 84.28%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 22.44
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 51.98%
Corn for grain: 24987 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 4492 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 6953 harvested acres
Vegetables: 2,381 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 850 acres

Earthquake activity:

Onondaga County-area historical earthquake activity is near New York state average. It is 88% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 111.4 miles away from Onondaga County center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MB, 4.2 MS, 5.2 MW, 5.0 MW, Depth: 6.8 mi) earthquake occurred 158.1 miles away from the county center
On 9/25/1998 at 19:52:52, a magnitude 5.2 (4.8 MB, 4.3 MS, 5.2 LG, 4.5 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 241.2 miles away from the county center
On 6/17/1991 at 08:53:16, a magnitude 4.1 (4.0 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 81.4 miles away from the county center
On 1/16/1994 at 01:49:16, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 188.2 miles away from Onondaga County center
On 1/31/1986 at 16:46:43, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 273.6 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • New York Hurricane Sandy, Incident Period: October 27, 2012 to November 09, 2012, Emergency Declared EM-3351: October 28, 2012, FEMA Id: 3351, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • New York Severe Storms, Flooding, Tornadoes, and Straight-line Winds, Incident Period: April 26, 2011 to May 08, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1993: June 10, 2011, FEMA Id: 1993, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood, Wind
  • New York Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3262: September 30, 2005, FEMA Id: 3262, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • New York Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: August 13, 2004 to September 16, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1564: October 01, 2004, FEMA Id: 1564, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • New York Power Outage, Incident Period: August 14, 2003 to August 16, 2003, Emergency Declared EM-3186: August 23, 2003, FEMA Id: 3186, Natural disaster type: Power Outage
  • New York Ice Storm, Incident Period: April 03, 2003 to April 05, 2003, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1467: May 12, 2003, FEMA Id: 1467, Natural disaster type: Ice Storm
  • New York Virus Threat, Incident Period: May 22, 2000 to November 01, 2000, Emergency Declared EM-3155: October 11, 2000, FEMA Id: 3155, Natural disaster type: Other
  • New York Severe Storms, Incident Period: May 03, 2000 to August 12, 2000, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1335: July 21, 2000, FEMA Id: 1335, Natural disaster type: Storm
  • New York Severe Storms, Incident Period: September 07, 1998, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1244: September 11, 1998, FEMA Id: 1244, Natural disaster type: Storm
  • New York Severe Storms/Flooding, Incident Period: January 19, 1996 to January 30, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1095: January 24, 1996, FEMA Id: 1095, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • 4 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Onondaga County (14) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 9
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 7, Floods: 5, Hurricanes: 2, Blizzard: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Landslide: 1, Power Outage: 1, Tornado: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Wind: 1, Other: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (27%)
  • Educational services (19%)
  • Retail trade (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (27%)
  • Educational services (19%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (4%)
Most common occupations in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Sales and related occupations (13%)
  • Management occupations (12%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (8%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (7%)
  • Transportation occupations (6%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)
  • Production occupations (5%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (22%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (12%)
  • Sales and related occupations (9%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (8%)
  • Management occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (5%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Italy (9%)
  • Canada (7%)
  • Vietnam (6%)
  • India (6%)
  • Germany (5%)
  • Ukraine (5%)
  • United Kingdom (4%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Onondaga County (%):

  • Italian (18%)
  • Irish (16%)
  • German (12%)
  • English (9%)
  • Polish (6%)
  • United States or American (4%)
  • French (except Basque) (3%)

Onondaga County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 169,433 (80%)
  • Carpooled: 20,873 (10%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 5,297 (3%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 20 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 54 (0%)
  • Railroad: 6 (0%)
  • Ferryboat: 11 (0%)
  • Taxi: 172 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 115 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 487 (0%)
  • Walked: 8,262 (4%)
  • Other means: 939 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 5,977 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Onondaga County, New York in 2000:

  • 7,028 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 3,060 people in nursing homes
  • 1,475 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 743 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 229 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 221 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 208 people in religious group quarters
  • 163 people in other group homes
  • 158 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 142 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 31 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 30 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children
  • 7 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 7 people in hospices or homes for chronically ill
  • 6 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 4 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere

People in group quarters in Onondaga County, New York in 2010:

  • 10,469 people in college/university student housing
  • 3,167 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 1,022 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 754 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 717 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 378 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 223 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 135 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 124 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
  • 44 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 19 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 14 people in in-patient hospice facilities
  • 3 people in correctional residential facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $59,497.

3.75% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($39,654 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.75%
New York average:

5.06%


0.04% of residents moved from foreign countries ($577 average AGI)
Onondaga County:

0.04%
New York average:

0.08%

2.12% relocated from other counties in New York ($21,071 average AGI)
1.59% relocated from other states ($18,005 average AGI)
Onondaga County:

1.59%
New York average:

2.01%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Oswego County, NY  0.48% ($33,473 average AGI)
from Madison County, NY  0.23% ($42,663)
from Cayuga County, NY  0.17% ($35,413)
from Oneida County, NY  0.13% ($37,979)
from Monroe County, NY  0.10% ($36,416)
from Erie County, NY  0.08% ($34,550)
from Cortland County, NY  0.07% ($47,109)


4.38% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($43,384 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.38%
New York average:

5.46%


0.05% of residents moved to foreign countries ($567 average AGI)
Onondaga County:

0.05%
New York average:

0.11%

2.06% relocated to other counties in New York ($18,223 average AGI)
2.27% relocated to other states ($24,593 average AGI)
Onondaga County:

2.27%
New York average:

2.38%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Oswego County, NY  0.45% ($35,449 average AGI)
to Madison County, NY  0.24% ($47,495)
to Cayuga County, NY  0.16% ($41,027)
to Monroe County, NY  0.14% ($43,186)
to Oneida County, NY  0.11% ($37,760)
to Erie County, NY  0.11% ($37,800)
to New York County, NY  0.08% ($38,483)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.3
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.3
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 11.6

Births per 1000 population in Onondaga County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.7
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 8.7

Deaths per 1000 population in Onondaga County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 8.4
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 8.8
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2007 to 2013: 6.3

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Onondaga County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 10.5%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 4.2%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Onondaga County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Onondaga County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 75,537 (62,160 aged, 13,377 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 8,242 (7%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Onondaga County, New York in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (4,834)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (4,637)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (3,532)
  • Unspecified dementia (3,091)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (2,868)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (2,122)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (1,560)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (1,283)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (1,205)
  • Breast, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (1,128)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 10%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 6%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 1.09
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 15,251
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 365
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 38,011

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,202
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 911
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 8

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 57
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 94

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 13

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 42.6. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 22.2
  • Cut/Pierce - 7.5
  • Other - 12.8

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 77.9. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 30.4
  • Suffocation - 25.0
  • Poisoning - 14.1
  • Other - 8.5

Household type by relationship:

Households: 449,957
  • In family households: 358,168 (74,643 male householders, 40,640 female householders)
    81,289 spouses, 131,650 children (123,979 natural, 3,067 adopted, 4,604 stepchildren), 7,646 grandchildren, 3,233 brothers or sisters, 3,161 parents, 3,596 other relatives, 10,424 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 91,789 (33,178 male householders (25,133 living alone)), 39,225 female householders (32,473 living alone)), 19,386 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 17,069 (4,484 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 49,646 2-persons, 27,931 3-persons, 22,504 4-persons, 9,778 5-persons, 3,387 6-persons, 2,037 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 57,606 1-person, 11,937 2-persons, 1,827 3-persons, 636 4-persons, 254 5-persons, 89 6-persons, 54 7-or-more-persons.

75,395 married couples with children.
33,683 single-parent households (6,194 men, 27,489 women).

91.1% of residents of Onondaga County speak English at home.
2.4% of residents speak Spanish at home (63% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 14% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
4.3% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (67% speak English very well, 21% speak English well, 11% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
1.5% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (40% speak English very well, 36% speak English well, 22% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
0.6% of residents speak other language at home (74% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 8% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $3,140,850,000 ($6,831 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $461,013,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $1,127,417,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $522,523,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $12,092,000
Federal grants: $692,764,000
Federal procurement contracts: $513,881,000 ($382,197,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $272,174,000 ($46,431,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $1,894,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $234,760,000
Federal Government insurance: $161,816,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 29,931
Here:

65 per 1000 residents
State:

70 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 21,423
Here:

47 per 1000 residents
State:

42 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +5,594
Here:

+12 per 1000 residents
State:

+35 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -13,840
Here -30 per 1000 residents
State -52 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Onondaga County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 72.50 millions of gallons per day (4% from ground, 96% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.7
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.1
State:

3.6

Year house built

  • 2014 or later: 250
  • 2010 to 2013: 2,694
  • 2000 to 2009: 11,016
  • 1990 to 1999: 14,560
  • 1980 to 1989: 21,718
  • 1970 to 1979: 26,259
  • 1960 to 1969: 25,208
  • 1950 to 1959: 37,948
  • 1940 to 1949: 17,935
  • 1939 or earlier: 47,427
Note: State values scaled to Onondaga population
Rooms in houses/apartments in Onondaga County, New York
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Onondaga County population
  • 1 room: 20
  • 2 rooms: 161
  • 3 rooms: 1,401
  • 4 rooms: 5,188
  • 5 rooms: 17,406
  • 6 rooms: 29,200
  • 7 rooms: 25,995
  • 8 rooms: 21,024
  • 9+ rooms: 16,420
  • 1 room: 2,743
  • 2 rooms: 4,598
  • 3 rooms: 14,713
  • 4 rooms: 16,115
  • 5 rooms: 12,269
  • 6 rooms: 7,897
  • 7 rooms: 3,209
  • 8 rooms: 1,651
  • 9+ rooms: 1,143
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Onondaga County, New York
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Onondaga County population
  • no bedroom: 69
  • 1 bedroom: 1,699
  • 2 bedrooms: 17,125
  • 3 bedrooms: 60,786
  • 4 bedrooms: 31,523
  • 5+ bedrooms: 5,613
  • no bedroom: 3,308
  • 1 bedroom: 20,147
  • 2 bedrooms: 24,463
  • 3 bedrooms: 12,972
  • 4 bedrooms: 2,686
  • 5+ bedrooms: 762
Cars and other vehicles available in Onondaga County, New York in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Onondaga County population
  • no vehicle: 5,302
  • 1 vehicle: 35,742
  • 2 vehicles: 57,254
  • 3 vehicles: 14,785
  • 4 vehicles: 2,898
  • 5+ vehicles: 834
  • no vehicle: 17,659
  • 1 vehicle: 32,099
  • 2 vehicles: 12,403
  • 3 vehicles: 1,714
  • 4 vehicles: 284
  • 5+ vehicles: 179

59% of Onondaga County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 69% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 56% lived in New York.

Onondaga County:

58.8%
State average:

64.4%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 359,993
  • Northeast: 27,637
  • Midwest: 13,776
  • South: 21,146
  • West: 5,498

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $63,900


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Onondaga County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (83.3%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (7.9%)
  • Electricity (4.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2.6%)
  • Wood (1.3%)
  • Utility gas (62.2%)
  • Electricity (30.4%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (2.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2.0%)
  • Other fuel (2.0%)
  • No fuel used (0.8%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 5,226
Here:

9.3%
New York:

14.0%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 1,795
Here:

6.8%
New York:

13.2%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 14,693
Here:

55.3%
New York:

38.2%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Onondaga County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Federal Categorical Assistance Programs: $20,638,000
    Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $14,243,000
  • Construction - Sewerage: $50,392,000
    Regular Highways: $19,644,000
    Water Utilities: $12,934,000
    General Public Buildings: $5,616,000
    General - Other: $2,021,000
    Other Higher Education: $1,595,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,559,000
    Health - Other: $56,000
    Libraries: $44,000
    Police Protection: $30,000
  • Current Operations - General - Other: $121,071,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $103,383,000
    Health - Other: $90,905,000
    Other Higher Education: $62,516,000
    Correctional Institutions: $56,274,000
    Sewerage: $41,261,000
    Public Welfare Institutions: $39,098,000
    Police Protection: $32,889,000
    Water Utilities: $28,461,000
    Regular Highways: $26,040,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $17,018,000
    General Public Buildings: $15,907,000
    Parks and Recreation: $15,302,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Other Purposes: $11,808,000
    Libraries: $11,123,000
    Central Staff Services: $10,240,000
    Corrections - Other: $9,598,000
    Financial Administration: $7,025,000
    Housing and Community Development: $4,224,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $2,037,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $1,596,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $13,506,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - General - Other: $77,211,000
    Financial Administration: $51,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Public Welfare - Categorical Assistance Programs: $86,336,000
    Corrections - Other: $2,410,000
    Transit Utilities: $2,410,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $846,000
    Police Protection: $822,000
    Sewerage: $408,000
    Health - Other: $269,000
    Other Higher Education: $266,000
    Parks and Recreation: $247,000
    Regular Highways: $124,000
    Correctional Institutions: $113,000
    Central Staff Services: $70,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $52,000
    General Public Building: $40,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $30,000
    Water Utilities: $18,000
    Libraries: $7,000
    Financial Administration: $5,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $177,777,000

Onondaga County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $59,012,000
    Sewerage: $50,074,000
    Higher Education - Other: $23,867,000
    Parks and Recreation: $2,579,000
    Parking Facilities: $523,000
    Housing and Community Development: $149,000
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $57,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $13,630,000
    Water Utilities: $6,956,000
    Education: $4,997,000
    Highways: $2,877,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $16,451,000
    Public Welfare: $2,891,000
    Health and Hospitals: $1,472,000
    Highways: $1,448,000
    Education: $240,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $28,131,000
    Interest Earnings: $23,612,000
    Special Assessments: $1,754,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $1,041,000
    Rents: $646,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $135,000
    Sale of Property: $88,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $32,876,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $118,003,000
    All Other: $44,406,000
    Health and Hospitals: $42,961,000
    Education: $22,745,000
    Highways: $4,633,000
  • Tax - General Sales and Gross Receipts: $259,584,000
    Property: $126,182,000
    Other Selective Sales: $4,026,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $1,349,000
    NEC: $1,124,000
    Other License: $815,000

Onondaga County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $403,967,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $343,432,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $234,299,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $211,309,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $99,595,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $39,060,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $25,085,000
    Issue, Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $2,095,000
  • Short Term Debt Outstanding - End of Fiscal Year: $26,153,000
    Beginning: $23,299,000

Onondaga County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $41,521,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $130,620,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $243,640,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 12,688
  • Number of aged recipients: 1,201
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 11,487
  • Number of recipients under 18: 2,378
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 8,069
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 2,241
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 4,573
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 6,530
Onondaga County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Onondaga County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 143 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED2,365$119,5712,249$142,1675,068$128,3631,113$29,42030$455,933278$113,46425$73,160
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED61$115,689122$129,680497$125,82994$25,3832$2,076,00027$110,4448$54,500
APPLICATIONS DENIED219$106,963205$126,0631,706$127,428768$22,1465$470,000134$86,03021$60,048
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN131$112,893147$123,2721,172$129,542101$55,6931$10,236,00043$106,1863$80,333
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS11$106,09127$120,778253$128,37940$40,5500$010$71,4000$0
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 121 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED473$145,833245$174,6241$108,000
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED112$161,33983$173,6755$147,200
APPLICATIONS DENIED52$138,07741$196,8541$153,000
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN35$166,37128$139,5710$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS4$114,2503$250,3331$46,000

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Onondaga County, NY among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary4,51480.1 years
John4,32073.9 years
William3,03274.1 years
Robert2,47771.0 years
Joseph2,26775.0 years
James2,19272.3 years
Helen2,08980.5 years
Charles1,92275.0 years
Margaret1,79779.7 years
George1,77875.8 years
Most common last names in Onondaga County, NY among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith1,07576.4 years
Brown66374.6 years
Miller56676.3 years
Williams48774.0 years
Johnson47273.5 years
Jones43673.0 years
Ryan35077.6 years
Murphy33278.0 years
Davis32774.3 years
Clark32677.2 years
Businesses in Onondaga County, NY
NameCountNameCount
ALDI6Johnny Rockets1
ALDO1Jones New York7
AMF Bowling1Journeys2
AT&T18Justice1
Abercrombie & Fitch1KFC8
Abercrombie Kids1Kmart3
Ace Hardware7Knights Inn1
Advance Auto Parts8Kohl's2
Aeropostale3Kroger2
American Eagle Outfitters3La-Z-Boy4
Ann Taylor3Lane Bryant1
Apple Store1Lane Furniture5
Applebee's4LensCrafters2
Arby's6Little Caesars Pizza10
Ashley Furniture1Lowe's4
Audi1Macy's2
AutoZone5Marriott4
BMW1Marshalls3
Bally Total Fitness1MasterBrand Cabinets19
Banana Republic1McDonald's19
Barnes & Noble2Men's Wearhouse2
Bath & Body Works3Microtel2
Bebe1Motel 61
Bed Bath & Beyond3Motherhood Maternity3
Best Western2New Balance11
Blockbuster6New York & Co2
Brookstone1Nike18
Budget Car Rental2Nissan3
Buffalo Wild Wings1OfficeMax2
Burger King15Old Navy2
CVS2Olive Garden1
Cache1Outback2
Carson Pirie Scott2Outback Steakhouse2
Casual Male XL1Pac Sun1
Catherines2Panera Bread5
Charlotte Russe1Papa John's Pizza3
Chevrolet3Payless5
Chico's1Penske4
Chipotle1PetSmart3
Chuck E. Cheese's1Pier 1 Imports1
Clarion1Pizza Hut12
Clarks1Plato's Closet1
Cold Stone Creamery2Pottery Barn1
Comfort Inn3Pottery Barn Kids1
Comfort Suites1Quality2
Cracker Barrel1Quiznos1
Cricket Wireless18RadioShack6
Curves6Ramada2
DHL2Raymour & Flanigan3
Days Inn1Red Lobster2
Deb1Red Robin1
Dennys7Red Roof Inn1
Domino's Pizza4Rite Aid33
DressBarn1Ruby Tuesday3
Dressbarn2Ryder Rental & Truck Leasing2
Dunkin Donuts30Sam's Club1
Econo Lodge3Sears4
Ethan Allen1Sephora1
Express1Sheraton1
Extended Stay America1Spencer Gifts1
Famous Footwear4Sprint Nextel5
Fashion Bug2Staples3
FedEx84Starbucks7
Finish Line2Subaru2
Firestone Complete Auto Care4Subway33
Foot Locker1Super 83
Ford3T-Mobile15
Forever 211T.G.I. Driday's1
GNC11T.J.Maxx3
GameStop8Taco Bell6
Gap1Talbots2
Gymboree2Target4
H&M1The Limited1
H&R Block12Tim Hortons22
Haagen-Dazs1Toyota2
Haworth1Toys"R"Us3
Hilton8True Value6
Hobby Lobby2U-Haul18
Holiday Inn9UPS124
Hollister Co.2Value City Furniture2
Home Depot4Vans4
Honda2Verizon Wireless7
Hot Topic1Victoria's Secret2
Hyundai2Volkswagen2
IHOP2Walgreens4
J. Jill1Walmart3
J.Crew1Wendy's7
JCPenney2World Gym1
Jimmy John's1YMCA5
JoS. A. Bank1

Onondaga County on our top lists:

  • #31 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest decrease in the number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #41 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Orthodox congregations"
  • #42 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic congregations"
  • #42 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #48 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Orthodox congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #64 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating from other counties between 2010 and 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #65 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Sulfur Oxides Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #65 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Orthodox adherents"
  • #65 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Orthodox adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #68 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #69 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant congregations"
  • #80 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people moving out compared to moving in (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #82 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest surface withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #82 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic adherents"
  • #82 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #86 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #87 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest surface withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
  • #94 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating to other counties in 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #98 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest carbon monoxide air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"