Frequently Asked Questions

What's it like to live in Ithaca?

In the center of the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, Ithaca is surrounded by rolling hills and farmland. We have four distinct seasons: Spring, summer, and fall are generally temperate, providing many opportunities for going to the lake, hiking in the forest, or biking to one of our many waterfalls. In the winter, you can go alpine and cross-country skiing, sledding, and snowboarding.

Our community has dance clubs, bicycle shops, coffeehouses, bookstores, numerous restaurants, plenty of worship centers of nearly every faith, and countless specialty stores. You can check out movies, concerts, and theater productions, go shopping on the Commons, or take up a sport. And Ithaca is a truly multicultural city, with a diverse and vibrant populace representing a great many cultures, communities, and creeds.

The local population is relatively small for such a cosmopolitan makeup: some 47,000 permanent residents and 26,000 college students (attending Ithaca College and Cornell University) make up this eclectic, down-to-earth city.