Utica, New York, a city of over 61,000 people, is a place steeped in rich history. What started as river settlement during the revolutionary era gradually turned into a city inspired by the industrial revolution to become a leader in manufacturing. Today, you can see how the city has evolved by visiting the Adirondack Scenic Railroad or the Oneida County Historical Society.
Utica is known for its top-notch educational institutions. The district’s high school graduation rate is 78 percent, and young people have the choice of attending several quality universities, including Utica College, St. Elizabeth College of Nursing, and the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute.
People from all walks of life will enjoy Utica’s vibrant downtown, home to a regular Farmer’s Market and countless restaurants. The city recently adopted a new economic revitalization effort to improve businesses and cost-of living, which averages $643 per month for rent and an average home value of $88,600.
The city’s proximity to adventures in the Adirondack Mountains or Mohawk River is certainly a draw for outdoorsy types. Its 900 acres of parkland provide plenty of space for going for a run — or maybe you’d prefer to go skiing at Terrain Park or golfing at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course. No matter what activities you’re interested in, there’s something for everyone in the Utica metro area, and between Syracuse and Albany, it’s a great place to stop on a scenic tour through upstate New York.