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Your Guide to Ithaca & Tompkins County... 






   Area information - demographics, business climate and more!
      Ithaca's Accolades - from the "most enlightened city" to "best places to retire", find out why Ithaca consistently makes the TOP 10 lists of some of the leading national publications
      Chamber of Commerce - dedicated to making our county a great place to live and work.
      Finger Lakes Statistics - everything you need to know about our finger lakes...from the area to the number of gallons of water each lake contains
   Visit Ithaca - see all that Ithaca and the Tompkins County area have to offer
      Visit Ithaca - your complete guide to Ithaca, NY hotels, attractions, dining, shopping and recreation with maps and driving directions.
      Places to stay while visiting - from a Bed & Breakfast to a Vacation Rental
   Search for a home - a recent survey by NAR showed 87% of homebuyers use the internet to search for a home and 87% of those use a realtor for their purchase
      Search on your own- just provide me with the MLS # or address when you find a property for more information
   Buying a home - whether a First-Time Home Buyer or moving up
      HUD - Buying a Home
      Buying and Owning a Home - Freddie Mac's online guide to the home buying process including information about different types of mortgages
   School Information - everything you need to know about area schools
      NYS Department of Education - school report cards and how to read them
   Higher Learning - for the short course or the long term
      Cornell University
      Ithaca College
      Tompkins Cortland Community College
      Jobs at Cornell 
   Area Rentals - when you just need a little more time to find your dream home
      Housing Solutions
      Lifestyle Properties
      Heritage Park Townhomes
      Horizon Villages
      Downtown Apartments
      Center Ithaca Specialty Apartments
      Ithaca Renting Downtown & Surrounding
      Apartment Complexes
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News From Ithaca

Media Contact: Bruce Stoff, Bruce@VisitIthaca.Com, (607) 272-1313



Ithaca Accolades

Recent “Top 10” Listings

America’s Most Enlightened City,” Utne Reader, May 1997.

"25 Terrific Places to Bring up a Family," Mothering Magazine, July/ August 2001.

"Best Fly Fishing Through North America," Fish and Fly Magazine, winter 2001.

The Ithaca Farmers Market was named one of the "60 Best American Public Places," Utne Reader, January 2002.

"American Values—Where to Buy a Retirement Home," Smart Money Magazine, February 2002.

"100 Great Escapes: Top-10 Trips," Travel & Leisure Magazine, March/April 2002.

"Best Places to Vacation," Money Magazine, April 2002.

"America's Five Best Mountain Biking Towns" Bike Magazine, June 2002.

"Best Lesbian Places to Live-The Ten Lesbian Friendliest Cities in the USA," Girlfriends Magazine, November 2002.

Ithaca Ranks 14 in Outside Magazine’s “40 Best College Towns Outside “U”, September 2003

“Best healthy city in the Northeast,” Organic Style Magazine, September / October 2003.

"An artist-friendly alternative to New York and Los Angeles," By Susan M. Brackney in her book, “The No-so-Lost Soul Companion,”. Oct. 2002.

"Number-One Emerging City," in the book “Cities Ranked and Rated” by Bert Sperling and Peter Sander, 2004.

"12 Great Places to Retire", Kiplingers Personal Finance, March 2005, by Pat Mertz Esswein, Mary Beth Franklin and Magali Rheault.

Number-One City for Knowledge Workers, “College Towns Are at the Heart of the Knowledge Sector Economy”, Expansion Management magazine, March/April 2006, by Bill King and Michael Keating.

Ithaca ranked fourth in Relocate America’s “Top 100 Places to Live in 2006,” April, 2006.

Ithaca ranked 17 nationwide among the “Best Places for Business and Careers,” Forbes magazine, April 2006.

Ranked eighth in "50 Smart Places to Live", Kiplingers Personal Finance, June 2006, by Sean O'Neill.

Ithaca ranked among the “12 Hippest Hometowns for Vegetarians,” VegNews magazine, July/Aug. 2006.

Ithaca ranked first in “12 Great Places You’ve Never Heard Of,” Mother Earth News magazine, July/Aug. 2006.

Ithaca listed as one of the 10 “Best Places to Live” for gays and lesbians by The Advocate, March 27, 2007. The Advocate is the nation’s leading LGBT publication.

Ithaca ranked second in “Best Green Places to Live,” by Country Home magazine, April 2007.

Ithaca ranked third in Relocate America’s “Top 100 Places to Live in 2007,” April 2007.

Ithaca ranked third in Farmers Insurance study, “Most Secure Places to Live — Small Towns,”: Dec. 2007

Ithaca schools ranked 2nd nationwide among metro areas under 500,000 by Expansion Management Magazine, Dec. 2007

Ithaca ranked third among “America’s Smartest Cities,” by Forbes Magazine, Feb. 2008

Ithaca ranked 2nd in Smart Money magazine’s “7 Best Places to Retire in an Economic Downturn,” Feb. 2008

Ithaca chosen as a top-10 global travel destination by Gore-Tex and the Adventure Travel Trade Association, April 2008

Ithaca's EcoVillage selected as a top-8 "Ecotopia" by ForbesMagazine, April 2008

Ithaca ranked #6 in "The 20 Best Towns in America" by Outside magazine, Aug. 2008

Ithaca Beer named New York's #1 craft brewer at the annual Tap NY Festival, Aug. 2008

Ithaca ranked #1 "green commuter" city by AARP Magazine, Sept. 2008

Ithaca's Gimme! Coffee ranked best coffee bar by Food & Wine magazine, Sept. 2008

Cornell University named #1 employer for people over 50 by AARP Magazine, Sept. 2008

Ithaca's Gimme! Coffee ranked #2 in "9 Great Coffees," by Saveur magazine, iss. 114, Oct. 2008

Ithaca ranked #1 "Best Middle Class Housing Markets" by, Dec. 4, 2008

Ithaca ranked a top-10 city for job-seeking retirees, US News, Jan. 22, 2009

Ithaca ranked in top-100 American cities by, April 2009

Ithaca ranked third (again, see Dec. 07) in Farmers Insurance study, "Most Secure Places to Live - Small Towns," May 2009

Ithaca listed a "Top Retirement City for Wine Lovers," US News & World Report online, May 2009

Ithaca ranked in top-100 places to live, top-10 recreation cities and top-10 small towns by, April, ‘10

Ithaca ranked #1 among 350 U.S metro areas as the best place for recent college grads, The Daily Beast, online, June, ‘10

Ithaca ranked #7 in "America's Brainiest Metros", The Daily Beast, online, August, ‘10

Ithaca ranked #1 "Best College Town" (under 250,000 pop.) by American Institute for Economic Research, Sept. ‘10

Ithaca ranked #6 in "America's Foodiest Towns," (pop under 250,000) by Bon Appétit magazine, Sept. '10

Ithaca ranked top-10 city for "Carless Retirement" by US News & World Report, online, March 2011

Top Ithaca once again ranked in "Top 100 Places to Live" by, June, ‘11

Cornell ranked second in “Best Employers for Workers over 50” by AARP, Sept., 2011

Ithaca ranked #9 on AARP's list of "10 Affordable Cities for Retirement." AARP Magazine Sept-Oct, 2011

Ithaca ranked one of the “10 Best Places to Retire 2012” by US News & World Report, Oct. 2011

Ithaca ranked one of 19 “Perfect Towns” by Outside magazine, Oct. 2011

Cornell ranked #19 in “100 Best Companies” by Working Mother magazine, Oct. 2011

Ithaca ranked a top-seven retirement town in “Retire Here, Not There,” Smart Money, Nov. 2011



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