Teaching in NY

Central New York Region


The Central New York Region is New York State's agricultural center. The five-county area, which encompasses 3,590 square miles, borders Lake Ontario to the north and embraces the State's heartland.

Mean Daily Temperature:
  January 23.6° F
  July 71.5° F


Labor Force: 394,500
Households: 300,811
Total Personal Income: $20.8 billion
Per Capita Income: $26,719
Median Home Sales Price: (Syracuse/Onondaga County) $91,700


Population 781,773
Cayuga County 81,412
  City of Auburn 28,186
Cortland County 48,639
  City of Cortland 18,799
Madison County 69,795
  City of Oneida 10,948
Onondaga County 459,288
  City of Syracuse 145,164
Oswego County 122,639
  City of Fulton 11,681
  City of Oswego 18,027

Business and Industry

Central New York enjoys a diverse economy. The service sector is the leading employer in the region, which boasts a number of manufacturing industries as well. Among the Fortune 500 industrial firms that have facilities in the region are New Venture Gear, Bristol Myers-Squibb, Lockheed Martin, Carrier Corporation and Cooper Industries.

Government, retail trade, transportation, communications and public utilities are major employers in the region. Dairy farming and food processing are also significant contributors to the area's economy.


Highways: Major east-west access is provided by the New York State Thruway (I-90), which is bisected by Interstate 81, a major north-south artery that runs from the Canadian border south to Pennsylvania.

Air Service: Hancock International Airport in Syracuse is served by eight major airlines and two commuter airlines. The Oswego County Airport and many other general aviation facilities operate in the region. Syracuse boasts a recently completed Intermodal Transportation Center which combines rail, bus and taxi services, and is conveniently located near the airport.

Rail Service: Rail service is provided by Amtrak.

Bus Service: Greyhound and Trailways provide regular bus service. Regionally, service is provided by Centro, S&O and small local carriers.

Higher Education Institutions

More than 60,000 students are enrolled in the region's institutions of higher education. Major colleges and universities are listed below. The six institutions with teacher education programs appear in bold.

Colgate University
Le Moyne College
SUNY College at Cortland
SUNY College at Morrisville
SUNY College at Oswego
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse
Syracuse University
Wells College

Quality of Life

Central New York's abundance of natural resources supports a year-round tourist and recreation industry. Lake Ontario, the Finger Lakes and Oneida Lake provide opportunities for a variety of water sports. Winter weather attracts alpine and nordic skiers to the region. Art galleries, museums, winery tours, the Burnet Park Zoo and the annual State Fair are just a few of the area's many attractions. The City of Syracuse has been highly rated by national publications for outstanding quality of life, suitability for families and as a highly desirable place to live.

Information obtained from numerous New York State sources (1/24/2007).

Last Updated: August 31, 2009