Ithaca, NY

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Population

30,720

0.31% growth

Median Age

21.8


Median Household Income

$31,967

5.53% growth

Poverty Rate

43.4%


Number of Employees

12,563

4.9% growth

Median Property Value

$233,100

6.39% growth

About

In 2017, Ithaca, NY had a population of 30.7k people with a median age of 21.8 and a median household income of $31,967. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Ithaca, NY grew from 30,625 to 30,720, a 0.31% increase and its median household income grew from $30,291 to $31,967, a 5.53% increase.

The population of Ithaca, NY is 64.1% White Alone, 17.6% Asian Alone, and 7.26% Hispanic or Latino. 19.9% of the people in Ithaca, NY speak a non-English language, and 87.6% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Ithaca, NY are Cornell University (7,380 degrees awarded in 2016) and Finger Lakes School of Massage (102 degrees).

The median property value in Ithaca, NY is $233,100, and the homeownership rate is 26.1%. Most people in Ithaca, NY commute by Walked, and the average commute time is 14.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Ithaca, NY is 1 car per household.

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Economy

The economy of Ithaca, NY employs 12.6k people. The largest industries in Ithaca, NY are Educational Services (5,368 people), Retail Trade (1,364 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (1,181 people), and the highest paying industries are Finance & Insurance ($74,464), Public Administration ($56,324), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($46,985).

Median household income in Ithaca, NY is $31,967. Males in Ithaca, NY have an average income that is 1.3 times higher than the average income of females, which is $59,246. The income inequality in Ithaca, NY (measured using the Gini index) is 0.499, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$31,967

2017 value

± $3,858

5.53%

1 Year Growth

± 14.4%

Households in Ithaca, NY have a median annual income of $31,967, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $30,291 in 2016, which represents a 5.53% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$76,804

Average Male Salary

± $1,164

$59,246

Average Female Salary

± $829

In 2017, full-time male employees in Ithaca, NY made 1.3 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. White

    $65,105 ± $849

  2. Asian

    $62,456 ± $2,350

  3. Two or More Races

    $46,207 ± $3,026

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Ithaca, NY workers was White. These workers were paid 1.04 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Ithaca, NY is from New York.

0.499

2017 Wage GINI

0.497

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in New York was 0.499 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.362% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for New York was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in New York in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in New York across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 13

  2. Census Tract 11

  3. Census Tract 8

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Ithaca, NY was Census Tract 13 with a value of $47,236, followed by Census Tract 11 and Census Tract 8, with respective values of $46,800 and $41,563.

The following map shows all of the places in Ithaca, NY colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

43.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Ithaca, NY (9.87k out of 22.7k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    4,918 ± 629

  2. Asian

    3,246 ± 458

  3. Hispanic

    865 ± 249

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Ithaca, NY is White, followed by Asian and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

12.6k

2017 Value

± 812

4.9%

1 Year growth

± 8.76%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Ithaca, NY grew at a rate of 4.9%, from 12k employees to 12.6k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Ithaca, NY, are Education, Training, & Library Occupations (2,802 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,393 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,242 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Ithaca, NY.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Ithaca, NY, by number of employees, are Education, Training, & Library Occupations (2,802 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,393 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,242 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Ithaca, NY has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (7.49 times higher than expected), Education, Training, & Library Occupations (3.69 times), and Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media Occupations (1.81 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Ithaca, NY, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($50,536), Management Occupations ($49,777), and Management, Business, & Financial Occupations ($47,768).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

12.6k

2017 Value

± 812

4.9%

1 Year growth

± 8.76%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Ithaca, NY grew at a rate of 4.9%, from 12k employees to 12.6k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Ithaca, NY, are Educational Services (5,368 people), Retail Trade (1,364 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (1,181 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Ithaca, NY, though some of these residents may live in Ithaca, NY and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Ithaca, NY, by number of employees, are Educational Services (5,368 people), Retail Trade (1,364 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (1,181 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Ithaca, NY has an unusually high number of Educational Services (4.61 times higher than expected), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.87 times), and Accommodation & Food Services (1.24 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Ithaca, NY, by median earnings, are Finance & Insurance ($74,464), Public Administration ($56,324), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($46,985).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from New York to other states, or from other states to New York.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $67.6B

  2. $47.2B

  3. $45.3B

In 2015, the top outbound New York product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $67.6B, followed by Electronics with $47.2B and Misc. mfg. prods. and $45.3B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound New York products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$570B

2015 Value

$854B

Projected 2045 Value

49.9% growth

In 2015, total outbound New York trade was $570B. This is expected to increase 49.9% to $854B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound New York trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from New York to other states, or from other states to New York.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $34.6B

  2. $29.6B

  3. $18.8B

In 2015, the top outbound New York domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New Jersey with $34.6B, followed by Pennsylvania with $29.6B and Connecticut and $18.8B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that New York shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

94.2% of the population of Ithaca, NY has health coverage, with 48.9% on employee plans, 10.4% on Medicaid, 4.45% on Medicare, 29.8% on non-group plans, and 0.599% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Ithaca, NY was $9,778 in 2014. This is a 4.57% increase from the previous year ($9,351).

Primary care physicians in Ithaca, NY see 1202 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.25% increase from the previous year (1199 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1240 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 393 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Oswego County and Bronx County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (12.2%). Additionally, Chemung County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (33.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,202 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in New York see an average of 1,202 patients per year. This represents a 0.25% increase from the previous year (1,199 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in New York in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$9,778

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,338

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,803

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$12,179

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in New York (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.57%, from $9,351 to $9,778.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

5.82%

Uninsured

48.9%

Employer Coverage

10.4%

Medicaid

4.45%

Medicare

29.8%

Non-Group

0.599%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Ithaca, NY grew by 8.21% from 5.37% to 5.82%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Ithaca, NY changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 12.2% prevalence

  2. 12.2% prevalence

  3. 12% prevalence

Oswego County and Bronx County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in New York, at 12.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in New York by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Ithaca, NY is home to a population of 30.7k people, from which 87.6% are citizens. As of 2017, 17.5% of Ithaca, NY residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Ithaca, NY is composed of 19.7k White Alone residents (64.1%), 5.41k Asian Alone residents (17.6%), 2.23k Hispanic or Latino residents (7.26%), 1.82k Black or African American Alone residents (5.92%), 1.39k Two or More Races residents (4.53%), 113 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.368%), 78 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.254%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Ithaca, NY are Chinese (1,842 speakers), Spanish or Spanish Creole (793 speakers), and Other Asian Languages (413 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

22

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

23

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Ithaca, NY was 21.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 22, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 23. But people in Ithaca, NY are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all Ithaca, NY residents was 22.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

17.5%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

16.6%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 17.5% of Ithaca, NY residents were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Ithaca, NY was 16.6%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Dominican Republic

    505,406 ± 17,230 people

  2. China

    402,542 ± 15,418 people

  3. Jamaica

    239,917 ± 11,952 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Ithaca, NY was Dominican Republic, the natal country of 505,406 Ithaca, NY residents, followed by China with 402,542 and Jamaica with 239,917.

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Citizenship

87.6%

2017 Citizenship

88%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 87.6% of Ithaca, NY residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Ithaca, NY was 88%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    19.7k ± 511

  2. Asian Alone

    5.41k ± 502

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    2.23k ± 368

In 2017, there were 3.64 times more White Alone residents (19.7k people) in Ithaca, NY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.41k Asian Alone and 2.23k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Ithaca, NY as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Chinese

    1,842 speakers (6.2%)

  2. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    793 speakers (2.67%)

  3. Other Asian Languages

    413 speakers (1.39%)

19.9% of Ithaca, NY citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Ithaca, NY was Chinese. 6.2% of the overall population of Ithaca, NY are native Chinese speakers. 2.67% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole and 1.39% speak Chinese, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Gulf War (2001-)

    139 ± 86

  2. Vietnam

    96 ± 76

  3. Korea

    69 ± 51

Ithaca, NY has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.45 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Ithaca, NY awarded 7,482 degrees. The student population of Ithaca, NY is skewed towards men, with 11,332 male students and 11,077 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Ithaca, NY are White (2,870 and 51.3%), followed by Asian (1,040 and 18.6%), Hispanic or Latino (565 and 10.1%), and Unknown (540 and 9.65%).

The largest universities in Ithaca, NY by number of degrees awarded are Cornell University (7,380 and 98.6%) and Finger Lakes School of Massage (102 and 1.36%).

The most popular majors in Ithaca, NY are General Business Administration & Management (633 and 8.46%), Computer Science (488 and 6.52%), and Labor & Industrial Relations (360 and 4.81%).

The median tuition costs in Ithaca, NY are $50,712 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 283 degrees awarded

  2. 271 degrees awarded

  3. 335 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Ithaca, NY was Labor & Industrial Relations with 283 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Ithaca, NY according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 7,380 degrees awarded

  2. 102 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$50,712

Median Private

In 2016, the Ithaca, NY institution with the largest number of graduating students was Cornell University with 7,380 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

3,917

Degrees Awarded to Men

3,565

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 3,917 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Ithaca, NY, which is 1.1 times more than the 3,565 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,870 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    1,040 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    565 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Ithaca, NY were to White students. These 2,870 degrees mean that there were 2.76 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 1,040 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Ithaca, NY was $233,100 in 2017, which is 1.07 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $219,100 to $233,100, a 6.39% increase. The homeownership rate in Ithaca, NY is 26.1%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Ithaca, NY have an average commute time of 14.9 minutes, and they commute by Walked. Car ownership in Ithaca, NY is lower than the national average, with an average of 1 car per household.

Income

Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.

$31,967

Median Household Income

± $3,858

9.87k

Number of Households

± 701

In 2017, the median household income of the 9.87k households in Ithaca, NY grew to $31,967 from the previous year's value of $30,291.

The following chart displays the households in Ithaca, NY distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$233,100

2017 Median

± $10,938

$219,100

2016 Median

± $9,789

In 2017, the median property value in Ithaca, NY grew to to $233,100 from the previous year's value of $219,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Ithaca, NY compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Ithaca, NY the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Ithaca, NY distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Ithaca, NY the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

26.1%

2017 Homeownership

25.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 26.1% of the housing units in Ithaca, NY were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 25.9%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Ithaca, NY compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

1 car

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Ithaca, NY distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Ithaca, NY have 1 car, followed by 2 cars.

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Commute Time

14.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Ithaca, NY have a shorter commute time (14.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.932% of the workforce in Ithaca, NY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Walked

    38.4%

  2. Drove Alone

    31.6%

  3. Public Transit

    12.8%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Ithaca, NY was Walked, followed by those who Drove Alone and those who Public Transit.

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