Most Diverse Places to Live in Central New York

New York State is one of the most diverse states in the country, and we have vibrant, diverse places to live in Central New York. Diversity is increasing across America’s population. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, all racial and ethnic minority groups are growing faster than non-Hispanic whites. In 25 years, the Census Bureau predicts that the U.S. will no longer have a single ethnic majority.

Niche’s 2018 Most Diverse Places to Live rankings considered the overall diversity of an area while factoring in race, age, and income levels. Here are the top local spots:

Utica
County: Oneida
Population: 61,337
Median rent: $664
Median home value: $89,300
Median household income: $32,201

Racial diversity: 59% White, 14% African American, 11% Hispanic, 11% Asian, and 4% two or more races.
State rank: #167

Lansing
County: Tompkins
Population: 3,637
Median rent: $1,206
Median home value: $337,600
Median household income: $58,472

Racial diversity: 56% White, 32% Asian, 7% Hispanic, 4% African American, and 1% two or more races.
State rank: #154

East Ithaca
County: Tompkins
Population: 2,514
Median rent: $881
Median home value: $215,900
Median household income: $47,031

Racial diversity: 56% White, 29% Asian, 8% Hispanic, 6% African American, and 1% two or more races.
State rank: #153

Syracuse
County: Onondaga
Population: 144,350
Median rent: $737
Median home value: $89,900
Median household income: $32,704

Racial diversity: 51% White, 28% African American, 9% Hispanic, 7% Asian, 4% two or more races, and 1% American Indian or Alaska native.
State rank: #119

In Niche’s 2019 Best Places, Syracuse ranked in the top 100 Most Diverse Cities in America.

 

CNY cities like Syracuse, Utica and Ithaca have also benefited from the population of New Americans and refugees who have come from countries such as Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Bhutan and Sudan. The diversity in cuisine and culture attracts younger populations and creates economic opportunities. Immigrants and refugees in Upstate and Central New York have started successful businesses and have also increased the value of real estate by fixing up homes.

Other suburbs and towns that also ranked as diverse places to live in Central New York include: Nedrow, Solvay, Mattydale, Auburn, North Syracuse, Oneida, Utica, Rome, Cayuga Heights, Hamilton, Clinton and Weedsport.