As an economic and educational hub, Syracuse New York plays host to a wealth of events, including the Great New York State Fair. As the largest city in Central New York, and just a short trip away from Finger Lakes wineries and aquatic fun, this hot spot is a great place to stake a claim. It was ranked by Forbes Magazines as one of the top ten places to raise a family. The city also plays host to highly rated Syracuse University, one of the many colleges around, and you’ll find fanatic Orange fans all over town and in the surrounding suburbs, excited about supporting their team in popular athletics such as college football and basketball. Aside from sports, the college is also noted for being a major research university.

The city gains its water supply from Skaneateles Lake, recognized as one of the cleanest lakes in America. Being close to Lake Ontario, the charm of city life is experienced in a new way in the winters with the heavy amount of snowfall the area receives from lake effect storms. In the warmer months however, there’s a constant stream of music events, including “one of the top five jazz festivals in America,” the Syracuse Jazz Festival, which draws artists like Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga and Aretha Franklin.

Due to it’s largely educational nature, Syracuse hosts a plethora of museums and art centers available for viewing. The city maintains 170 parks, fields and recreation centers that total over 1,000 acres of land. There is also public transportation available for anyone who chooses to use it, and the city is a transit hub in Central New York, allowing easy travel access through multiple Interstate Highways, the Syracuse Hancock International Airport, Amtrak railway systems and Greyhound and Trailway bus systems.

If you’re searching for a city life in New York, but don’t want to live in crowded NYC, Syracuse may be a great option for you to consider, with many amenities available for every day living.

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