These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Syracuse 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
  2. University
  3. Meadowbrook
  4. Eastwood
  5. Downtown
  6. Strathmore
  7. Far West-Side
  8. South Valley
  9. Wescott
  10. Brighton

Read on to see how we determined the places around Syracuse that deserve a little bragging rights.

Or, if you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in New York check out the best places in New York overall or the worst neighborhoods in Syracuse.

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How do you determine the best 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.

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1. Sedgewick

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

2. University

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

3. Meadowbrook

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

4. Eastwood

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

5. Downtown

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

6. Strathmore

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

7. Far West-Side

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

8. South Valley

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

9. Wescott

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

10. Brighton

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

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

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

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