2010: 145,170, #167 in U.S., #5 in New York

1950: 220,583, #47 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan area: 662,577, #80 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 341,719, #54 in U.S.


Syracuse was first settled in 1784. The Erie Canal, which ran through Syracuse, was completed in 1830. Syracuse University is just east of downtown.


Tallest building: State Tower Building, 313 feet (1928)

List of tallest buildings

Armory Square is an area of historic buildings with shops and entertainment, located on the west side of downtown.


Syracuse has no downtown department stores.


Amtrak's Empire Service goes west from Syracuse to Buffalo, and east to Albany and New York City. The Lake Shore Limited goes west to Cleveland and Chicago, and east to Boston. The Maple Leaf goes west to Toronto. Amtrak uses the Walsh Regional Transportation Center (1999), located on the north side of the city.

From 1994 to 2007, Syracuse had a regional rail service called OnTrack. It served Syracuse University, Armory Square, and the Carousel shopping center.


The Everson Museum of Art, the Erie Canal Museum, and the Museum of Science and Technology are located in downtown Syracuse.

Downtown Syracuse


Syracuse has no downtown movie theaters. The Landmark Theatre (formerly Loew’s State, 1928) is a restored movie palace that has a variety of concerts and special events.

The Mulroy Civic Center Theater (1992) at the Oncenter hosts the Syracuse Opera and touring Broadway shows. The Syracuse Symphony Orchestra declared bankruptcy in May 2011. The musician-led Symforia was founded in 2012. Syracuse Stage is just east of downtown.


The Syracuse Mets, Triple-A International League affiliate of the New York Mets, play at NBT Bank Stadium (1997), north of downtown. The Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League play at the War Memorial Arena (1951) at Oncenter.

Map of Downtown Syracuse

Convention and Visitors Bureau