THE 10 BEST Neighborhoods In Syracuse For 2020

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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Syracuse.
Best Neighborhoods In Syracuse

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. So, if you're thinking of moving to New York and Syracuse is on the top of your list, check out our best neighborhoods to live in.

So what's the best neighborhood to live in Syracuse for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Sedgewick looks to be the best Syracuse neighborhood to live in.

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.

Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Syracuse

Population: 2,136
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $196,850 (First best)
Median Income: $106,808 (First best)
More on Sedgewick: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Population: 5,159
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $153,467 (Third best)
Median Income: $76,101 (Second best)
More on Meadowbrook: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Population: 13,659
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $87,233 (11th best)
Median Income: $41,761 (Eighth best)
More on Eastwood: Homes For Sale | Data

Eastwood is a neighborhood in the east of Syracuse, New York, United States.

Population: 4,829
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $155,860 (Second best)
Median Income: $42,864 (Seventh best)
More on University: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Population: 8,131
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $77,644 (13th best)
Median Income: $41,694 (Ninth best)
More on Northside: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 5,327
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $130,800 (Fifth best)
Median Income: $56,723 (Third best)
More on South Valley: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Population: 2,035
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $113,500 (Seventh best)
Median Income: $36,912 (12th best)
More on Lincoln Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Strathmore Syracuse, NY

Population: 6,358
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $108,138 (Ninth best)
Median Income: $54,151 (Fourth best)
More on Strathmore: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Population: 6,819
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $87,325 (Tenth best)
Median Income: $46,855 (Sixth best)
More on Far West-Side: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Population: 2,591
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 5)
Median Home Value: $113,100 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $39,632 (Tenth best)
More on Downtown: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

How We Determined The Best Syracuse, NY Neighborhoods In 2020

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 then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 26 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, New York has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Syracuse

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

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Syracuse aren't all good. Southwest takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Syracuse.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Syracuse For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Sedgewick 2,136 $196,850 $106,808
2 Meadowbrook 5,159 $153,467 $76,101
3 Eastwood 13,659 $87,233 $41,761
4 University 4,829 $155,860 $42,864
5 Northside 8,131 $77,644 $41,694
6 South Valley 5,327 $130,800 $56,723
7 Lincoln Park 2,035 $113,500 $36,912
8 Strathmore 6,358 $108,138 $54,151
9 Far West-Side 6,819 $87,325 $46,855
10 Downtown 2,591 $113,100 $39,632
11 Wescott 3,250 $115,300 $26,119
12 Elmwood 1,881 $69,100 $47,050
13 North Valley 5,775 $65,480 $27,037
14 Outer Comstock 4,521 $61,780 $35,668
15 Skytop-South Campus 3,584 $141,300 $13,712
16 Washington Square 13,954 $67,817 $29,102
17 Skunk City 2,166 $64,100 $29,532
18 University Hill 8,101 $2,500 $9,454
19 Near Northeast 9,938 $55,180 $25,698
20 Salt Springs 4,766 $84,917 $39,351
21 Brighton 10,330 $54,207 $25,420
22 Near Westside 6,154 $63,300 $22,567
23 Westside 2,680 $61,667 $26,815
24 Lakefront 600 $32,300 $34,359
25 Near Eastside 2,894 $68,880 $17,039
26 Southwest 4,459 $59,586 $17,925

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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