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Ithaca is a city in Tompkins County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named after the island home of the Greek hero Ulysses
[NOTE: This is not the only community in New York named Ithaca. For links to other places called Ithaca, NY, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Ithaca is 42.440N. The longitude is -76.496W.
It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 410 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 30,343.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Ithaca demographic reports
Ithaca is on the southern end of Cayuga Lake
Former and merged names include:
· Cayuga City
· Markle's Flats
Known as "Sodom" and "The Flats" in its days as an unruly frontier town. By the mid-19th century, the city was a busy transportation center for the region, served by several rail lines and daily steamboat departures
Ezra Cornell, who had made a fortune through his early involvement in the telegraph industry, founded the university bearing his name. The school opened to students in 1868
Lays claim to being the birthplace of the ice cream sundae
Public transportation: Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Rated No. 19 on Healthy Cities list, by Organic Style magazine, September/October 2003
Identified as "best emerging area" in "Cities Ranked & Rated," 2004
Ithaca received national attention for 1969 protests by black students at Cornell, who took over the student union and demanded that the university establish a black studies department
Filming location for:
· 1985 movie, "The Sure Thing"
Well-known residents have included:
· Carl Sagan, scientist
· Alex Haley, writer
· Vladimir Nabokov, writer
· Rod Serling, creator of "The Twilight Zone"
· Mary McDonnell, actress
· Toni Morrison, writer
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Collegetown Bagels, Ithaca Bakery, Gimme Coffee
Local festivals include:
- Ithaca Festival - May 31-June 3, 2007
- Light in Winter Festival - Jan. 26-28, 2007
- Apple Harvest Festival - Sept. 28-30, 2007
Dates often change. Check Ithaca web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Ithaca Ballet, Hangar Theater, Kitchen Theatre
Nearby parks & recreation:
Ithaca Falls, Cascadilla Glen and Stewart Park; in easy driving distance are Buttermilk Falls, Robert H. Treman, and Taughannock Falls state parks
Ithaca attractions: Cornell Plantations
Historic routes: Cayuga-Seneca Canal
Historic sites and museums: History Center, Herbert F Johnson Museum of Art, Museum of the Earth, Sciencenter
Colleges and universities:
Cornell University, Ithaca College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 231
They took 13 uphill, the lake black beneath them, a V of geese making for the north end. 'Pretty,' she said.
-- The Names of the Dead
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Sections below provide additional information and links about Ithaca demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Tompkins County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 14850 ZIP code.
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Ancestry & family history
12% of Ithaca residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Ithaca ancestry & family history guide.
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Recommendations: Glenwood Pines for Bloody Marys, fish fry and a game of pool; Valentine Cafe for bistro-style food in an elegant setting
Disability access & rights
At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Ithaca was $13,408, compared with $21,587 nationally.
58% of Ithaca residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Ithaca festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Ithaca Festival - M
- Apple Harvest Festival - S
- Light in Winter Festival - J
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Ithaca festival web sites:
Historic districts in Ithaca include Cornell Heights Historic District, De Witt Park Historic District, East Hill Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Ithaca, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $515. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,031.
Libraries in Ithaca include Tompkins County Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Ithaca include Ithaca Journal
TV stations in Ithaca include WNYI.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WSQG-FM.
Tompkins County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Ithaca political report.
The average commute time for Ithaca workers is 14 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 8 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Ithaca between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 2.7 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
Hotels in Ithaca include Best Western, Clarion University Hotel, Comfort Inn Ithaca, Courtyard by Marriott, Econo Lodge, Holiday Inn Executive Towers of Ithaca, Inn at City Lights, Ramada Inn, Statler Hotel at Cornell University, Super 8.
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