Living well in Cayuga County

The median home price is $106,000, and the homeownership rate is 70.9 percent, well above the national average. The economy is diversified. The largest city, Auburn, is home to the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, which sits on the shore of Owasco Lake and hosts the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival.

Waterfront living and recreation

You could think of Cayuga County as a lakeside paradise – it has the most waterfront land in Upstate New York. On the west, it borders Cayuga Lake, the longest of the Finger Lakes. Skaneateles Lake is on the east. In the middle is Owasco Lake. The eastern-most Great Lake, Lake Ontario, forms the county’s northern border. Manufacturing and agriculture, especially dairy farming and wineries, are economic mainstays. President Lincoln’s rival, Secretary of State William Seward, lived here, and his house is now a museum. Harriett Tubman, famous for her daring rescues on the Underground Railroad, retired here after the Civil War. Her home is now a National Historical Park.

  • Population: 78,783
  • Largest city: Auburn
  • Medium home price: $106,000

A quick glimpse of the county