Moving to Ithaca

Ithaca is home to spectacular waterfalls and lakes, organic farms and wineries, a thriving music and arts community, and an invigorating climate year round. Located at the southern tip of Cayuga Lake, the longest of the 11 Finger Lakes, Ithaca is consistently rated among the most livable cities in the United States.


Downtown Ithaca Apple Harvest Festival

Five of our favorite things about Ithaca:

  • Ithacans are friendly.  You will encounter friends, neighbors, and fellow students on campus, at the supermarket, and on downtown streets.
  • Ithaca is accessible and within easy driving distance to New York, Boston, Toronto, and Montreal.   
  • Ithaca has a diverse local population that supports international cultural festivals including the Fingerlakes Dragon Boat Festival, international food markets, and even a Chinese language school for local children.
  • Ithacans love good food, and the city is home to more restaurants per capita than New York City.
  • Ithaca is naturally beautiful, with lakes, waterfalls, parks, and gardens.


Sampling of recent accolades: