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Encyclopedia > Ithaca (city), New York

Ithaca is a city located in Tompkins County, New York. It is home to the main campus of Cornell University. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 29,287.


Ithaca is located at 42°26'36" North, 76°30'0" West (42.443603, -76.500093)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.7 km˛ (6.1 mi˛). 14.1 km˛ (5.5 mi˛) of it is land and 1.6 km˛ (0.6 mi˛) of it is water. The total area is 10.05% water.


As of the census2 of 2000, there are 29,287 people, 10,287 households, and 2,962 families residing in the city. The population density is 2,071.0/km˛ (5,360.9/mi˛). There are 10,736 housing units at an average density of 759.2/km˛ (1,965.2/mi˛). The racial makeup of the city is 73.97% White, 6.71% Black or African American, 0.39% Native American, 13.65% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.86% from other races, and 3.36% from two or more races. 5.31% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 10,287 households out of which 14.2% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 19.0% are married couples living together, 7.8% have a female householder with no husband present, and 71.2% are non-families. 43.3% of all households are made up of individuals and 7.4% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.13 and the average family size is 2.81.

In the city the population is spread out with 9.2% under the age of 18, 53.8% from 18 to 24, 20.1% from 25 to 44, 10.6% from 45 to 64, and 6.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 22 years. For every 100 females there are 102.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 102.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $21,441, and the median income for a family is $42,304. Males have a median income of $29,562 versus $27,828 for females. The per capita income for the city is $13,408. 40.2% of the population and 13.5% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 22.4% of those under the age of 18 and 11.7% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

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    • Street map from Mapquest (http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?latlongtype=decimal&latitude=42.443603&longitude=-76.500093&zoom=6)
    • Topographic map from Topozone (http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?lat=42.443603&lon=-76.500093&s=200&size=m&layer=DRG100)
    • Aerial photograph from Terraserver (http://terraservice.net/map.aspx?t=1&s=14&lon=-76.500093&lat=42.443603&w=750&h=500)

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