Teaching in NY

Mohawk Valley Region

The six-county Mohawk Valley Region includes the industrialized cities of Utica and Rome, along with other smaller commercial centers. The 5,882 square mile area is an important agricultural center and encompasses the heavily forested wilderness areas in the north that are part of New York's Adirondack Park.

Mean Daily Temperature:
  January 19.5° F
  July 69.3° F


Labor Force: 207,900
Households: 172,505
Total Personal Income: $10.7 billion
Per Capita Income: $24,400
Median Home Sales Price:  (Utica-Rome) $65,420


Population 440,252
Fulton County 54,896
  City of Gloversville 15,254
  City of Johnstown 8,385
Hamilton County 5,330
Herkimer County 64,170
Montgomery County 49,474
  City of Amsterdam 18,065
Oneida County 234,635
  City of Utica 59,947
  City of Rome 34,709
Schoharie County 31,747

Business and Industry
The service sector is the leading employer in the Mohawk Valley area, with government, trade and manufacturing also providing significant employment. Industry is concentrated in the Utica-Rome area and in smaller centers like Herkimer, Ilion, Little Falls, Gloversville, Johnstown, Amsterdam and Cobleskill. Manufacturers produce a variety of products, including electrical equipment, primary metals, leather and leather products.

Agriculture is important to the Mohawk Valley economy. The region has more than 3,250 farms, almost 10 percent of all farms in the State.


  • Highways: The New York State Thruway (I-90) is the main east-west artery through the region, with additional routes providing connections to north-south interstates I-81 and I-87. The area affords direct access to Canada, Pennsylvania, New York City and Buffalo. Interstate 88 also passes through the southern portion of the region, providing a link to Binghamton in the southwest and the state's Capital Region to the east.
  • Air Service: The Oneida County Airport provides connections to major cities throughout the U.S. and Canada.
  • Rail Service: Amtrak passenger service is available from Amsterdam, Rome and Utica.
  • Bus Service: Local bus service is available in metropolitan areas, and a number of carriers provide inter- and intrastate service.

Higher Education Institutions

More than 26,000 students are enrolled in the region's two-year and four-year colleges and universities. Major institutions are listed below, with those offering teacher education programs with an asterisk.

Herkimer County Community College
Hamilton College
Mohawk Valley Community College
SUNY College of Technology 
Utica College of Syracuse University*

Health Care-major hospitals
St. Lukes-Memorial Hospital Center, New Hartford
St. Elizabeth Hospital, Utica
Faxton Hospital, Utica
St. Mary's Hospital, Amsterdam

Quality of Life 
The Mohawk Valley Region, and especially the northern section which extends into the Adirondack Park, is a four-season vacation land popular with anglers, boaters, campers, hunters and skiers. The Great Sacandaga Lake and Oneida Lake are popular destinations, along with the State Canal System. Residents and visitors enjoy museums such as the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute in Utica and the Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake, Revolutionary War historic sites, Turning Stone Casino in Oneida County and Howe Caverns, a geologic wonder in rural Schoharie County.

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

Last Updated: September 9, 2009