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Ithaca, NY: An "Enlightened City"

The UTNE Reader recently pronounced Ithaca to be an “enlightened city.” A testament to this is the fact that the Dalai Lama recently established a monestary in Ithaca. The only on in North America. Ithaca, NY has been recognized by many publications as one of the best places to live and/or retire in the country. Nestled at the foot of beautiful Cayuga Lake, Ithaca and Tompkins County are home to stunning natural sites, thriving shopping districts, first-class arts and cultural attractions.  Ithaca presents a wonderful balance of urban energy and country comfort. Atoms to artifacts, foxes to fossils, robins to rhododendrons, sculpture to storytellers, Ithaca presents something for everyone. Arts and creative expression exist throughout the community and even our gardens offer a unique opportunity to appreciate Ithaca’s beauty.  Many of these gardens focus on learning and provide a tapestry of color reflecting pride in our community. 

Ithaca, New York has received much recognition for its superior quality of life.

Ithaca New York has received much recognition for its superior quality of life.  Relocate-America.com’s 2006 list of "America’s top 100 places to live" recognized Ithaca, NY as number 4. This list is unique in that it is the only list of its kind that is determined by statistics and feedback of the people who live, work and play in these communities. Key data considered are education, employment, economy, crime, parks, recreation, and housing which are rated, judged and determined.

Recently, Expansion Management Magazine named Ithaca NY as “one of the top relocation destinations for businesses” based on the quality of the public school system, ranking Ithaca, NY 2nd among metropolitan areas of all sizes.  Newsweek has included Ithaca High School on a list of the top 1200 high schools in the country. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance placed Ithaca, NY among the top 10 in its article, “The nation’s 50 best places to live.”

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More Accolades for Ithaca

  • Ithaca was voted "Best Healthy City in the Northeast" by Organic Style Magazine, Sept/Oct 2003
  • Ithaca was ranked "Number 1 Emerging City" by Cities Ranked and Rated written by Bert Sperling and Peter Sander.
  • Ithaca was voted one of America's "5 best mountain biking towns" by Bike Magazine, June 2002.
  • Ithaca is referred to as "An Artist-Friendly Alternative to NYC and LA," by Susan M. Brackney, in her book, Not-So-Lost Soul Companion.
  • The Ithaca Farmers Market was voted one of the "60 best American Public Places," by UTNE Reader, January 2002.
  • Ithaca was listed in Warren Bland's recent book, Retire in Style; 60 Outstanding Places across the USA and Canada as one of the best retirement communities.
  • Ithaca was featured in Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine as "One of the great places to retire," March 2005.
  • Ithaca was voted as "One of the 40 best college towns to learn, live, work, and play," by Outside Magazine, Sept. 2003.
  • Ithaca offers more restaurants per capita than NYC, along with over 150 waterfalls, within a 10 mile radius.