These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Syracuse, NY For 2018


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Syracuse are the best of the best.

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Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Syracuse, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Syracuse neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Syracuse are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Syracuse for 2018:

  1. Sedgewick (Homes)
  2. University (Homes)
  3. Meadowbrook (Homes)
  4. Eastwood (Homes)
  5. Downtown (Homes)
  6. Strathmore (Homes)
  7. Far West-Side (Homes)
  8. South Valley (Homes)
  9. Wescott (Homes)
  10. Brighton (Homes)

Read on to see how we determined the places around Syracuse that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Syracuse.

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How do you determine the top neighborhoods in Syracuse for 2018?

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Syracuse, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 24 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the ‘Best City Neighborhood In Syracuse.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Sedgewick.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Syracuse has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

1. Sedgewick

Population: 2,146
Median Income: $89,269
Median Home Value: $196,750

Sedgwick is one of the 26 officially recognized neighborhoods of Syracuse, New York, United States. It borders four other Syracuse neighborhoods, with Northside to the north and west, Near Northeast to the southwest, Lincoln Park to the south, and Eastwood to the east.
More on Sedgewick: Real Estate | Data

2. University

Population: 4,596
Median Income: $48,345
Median Home Value: $159,260

The University Neighborhood is one of Syracuse, New York’s 26 officially recognized neighborhoods. It borders the neighborhoods of Westcott to the north, University Hill to the west, Outer Comstock to the southwest, Skytop to the south, and Meadowbrook to the east.
More on University: Real Estate | Data

3. Meadowbrook

Population: 5,142
Median Income: $70,587
Median Home Value: $140,083

Meadowbrook is a Syracuse, New York neighborhood, located in the southeastern corner of the city. It corresponds to Onondaga County Census Tract 46. It is named after Meadow Brook, which runs through it and into Butternut Creek.
More on Meadowbrook: Real Estate | Data

4. Eastwood

Population: 13,209
Median Income: $41,037
Median Home Value: $87,020

Eastwood is a neighborhood in the east of Syracuse, New York, United States.
More on Eastwood: Real Estate | Data

5. Downtown

Population: 2,090
Median Income: $27,841
Median Home Value: $113,400

Downtown Syracuse is the economic center of Syracuse, New York, and Central New York, employing over 30,000 people, and housing over 3,500. It is also one of the 26 officially recognized neighborhoods of Syracuse.
More on Downtown: Real Estate | Data

6. Strathmore

Strathmore Syracuse, NY

Population: 6,702
Median Income: $50,100
Median Home Value: $103,588

Strathmore, or Strathmore ‘By the Park’ Subdivision, is a neighborhood in the southwest of Syracuse, New York, United States. It is a mostly residential neighborhood that has many houses from the early and middle of the twentieth century.
More on Strathmore: Real Estate | Data

7. Far West-Side

Population: 6,529
Median Income: $42,731
Median Home Value: $86,062

The Syracuse Far Westside is one of 26 neighborhoods recognized by the City of Syracuse, New York. Until this area joined the city in 1886 it was known as the village of Geddes.
More on Far West-Side: Real Estate | Data

8. South Valley

Population: 4,989
Median Income: $51,920
Median Home Value: $101,560

South Valley is a neighborhood on the South side of Syracuse, New York. It features Meachem Elementary School, Clary Middle School, Betts Branch library, Webster’s Pond, and the Redmond family.
More on South Valley: Real Estate | Data

9. Wescott

Wescott Syracuse, NY

Population: 3,147
Median Income: $24,293
Median Home Value: $124,560

Westcott is a neighborhood in Syracuse, New York, United States. Its proximity to Syracuse University makes for a diverse community, home to Syracuse University students, professors and other faculty and staff, as well as residents at all income levels. Westcott Street is the main retail street of the neighborhood, featuring numerous restaurants, coffee shops, stores and The Westcott Theater performing arts venue. It is the site of the annual Westcott Street Cultural Fair, a one-day celebration of the diversity and uniqueness of the neighborhood with food, art, live performances and cultural activities. Westcott is also home to Thornden Park, one of the largest parks in Syracuse. The Westcott neighborhood is the boyhood home of renowned banjoist Tony Trischka.
More on Wescott: Real Estate | Data

10. Brighton

Brighton Syracuse, NY

Population: 11,039
Median Income: $27,161
Median Home Value: $75,473

Southside is one of the 26 official neighborhoods in Syracuse, New York.
More on Brighton: Real Estate | Data

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Syracuse

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Syracuse where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Syracuse:

  1. Washington Square
  2. Near Eastside
  3. Near Westside

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Syracuse

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
1 Sedgewick 2,146 $196,750 1,959 2.3%
2 University 4,596 $159,260 3,911 2.3%
3 Meadowbrook 5,142 $140,083 3,190 5.1%
4 Eastwood 13,209 $87,020 4,768 5.0%
5 Downtown 2,090 $113,400 3,780 3.2%
6 Strathmore 6,702 $103,588 4,553 5.6%
7 Far West-Side 6,529 $86,062 4,687 4.3%
8 South Valley 4,989 $101,560 4,010 5.1%
9 Wescott 3,147 $124,560 5,340 5.0%
10 Brighton 11,039 $75,473 6,064 10.9%
11 Northside 7,953 $75,733 5,331 6.4%
12 Lincoln Park 2,073 $116,200 5,400 8.3%
13 Skunk City 2,451 $63,300 6,248 12.1%
14 North Valley 5,705 $61,560 5,694 4.2%
15 Near Northeast 9,982 $95,180 5,797 7.5%
16 Salt Springs 4,640 $81,167 5,222 7.6%
17 Outer Comstock 4,761 $57,840 5,042 4.8%
18 Westside 3,007 $63,633 6,262 12.2%
19 Elmwood 1,750 $68,450 5,526 8.1%
20 Southwest 4,997 $45,686 6,352 13.8%
21 Skytop-South Campus 3,678 $135,400 5,978 5.7%
22 Near Westside 6,273 $60,571 6,160 9.1%
23 Near Eastside 2,897 $85,820 6,298 7.0%
24 Washington Square 13,840 $61,858 6,083 9.9%

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