Best Places to Live

Syracuse, NY

Population: 144,564
Photo: Charles Wainwright

A high concentration of libraries, parks and golf courses, walkable neighborhoods, and health-care providers makes Syracuse, NY one of the best places to retire.

We know what you're thinking. Yes, it gets cold here in the winter. Syracuse does get covered in snow, but this is a city well equipped to handle a freeze. Plus, all that snow offers recreational opportunities like skiing, sledding and snowmobiling. Residents can also opt for many indoor entertainment options, from bowling alleys and skating rinks to indoor soccer fields and swimming pools.

Spring, summer and fall bring enjoyable weather for partaking in a myriad of outdoor activities in Syracuse, such as hiking at the nearby Beaver Lake Nature Center, riding at Cranx Bike and Sports Park, visiting wineries in the Finger Lakes, or playing in community parks. More than 20 golf courses in and around Syracuse challenge golfers of all levels. Residents are treated to a variety of sports spectacles including football, basketball and lacrosse at the Carrier Dome on the campus of Syracuse University, minor league baseball at NBT Bank Stadium and racing at four nearby speedways.

The arts and cultural scene in Syracuse includes an assortment of museums and galleries, as well as theater companies and historical sites. The city hosts many festivals throughout the year including a film festival, Winterfest and Empire Brewfest. The Great New York State Fair takes place in the nearby town of Geddes. Syracuse University offers theatrical productions, art exhibits and lectures that draw many residents.

When it comes to dining out, Syracuse's culinary scene roars. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que earned national acclaim as one of the best BBQ restaurants in America from a variety of media outlets. It's one of several restaurants in Syracuse that has gained national recognition.

Many affordable housing options as well as easy access to medical care provided by more than eight area hospitals also attract retirees.

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Syracuse, NY Highlights

Population 65 and Over: 10.6%
Colleges: Syracuse University
Liv Score: 572