Community: Cortland

Midway between Syracuse and Binghamton, situated on a glaciated plateau at the intersection of seven valleys, Cortland is one of the most scenic small cities in New York State. Cortland is also the southeast gateway to the beautiful Finger Lakes Region, with nearby wineries, farmer's markets and world class educational institutions. Because of Cortland's central location within the state of New York, cities such as Buffalo and Albany are only a short drive away. If you enjoy the seasonal changes this is the perfect place to be!   


Cortland is a city in Cortland County, New York, USA.  Cortland lies between Syracuse, New York and Binghamton, New York. As of the 2000 census, the city had a population of 18,740. It is the county seat of Cortland County . The City of Cortland, near the west border of the county, is surrounded by the Town of Cortlandville.

Air service to the city is provided by Cortland County, Chase Field (N03), lying west of the city.  Interstate 81, US Route 11, and New York State Route 281 are north-south highways servicing the city. New York State Route 13 and New York State Route 41 also service the city


The city is within the former Central New York Military Tract.  The City of Cortland is the county seat of Cortland County. Known as the "Crown City" because of its location on a plain formed by the convergence of seven valleys, Cortland is situated about 1,130 feet (344 m) above sea level, making it the uppermost city to crown the state. 40 stars, representing the 40 cities incorporated before Cortland, circle the State of New York and Crown on the Official City Seal. The seven points of the Crown create seven valleys depicting Cortland's seven surrounding valleys. The 41st star in the center of the Crown illustrates Cortland as the closest incorporated City to the geographic center of New York.


A handful of industry sectors are critical to Cortland County’s potential for growth and prosperity, and the county’s economic development team has targeted those industries as it seeks to keep and recruit jobs to the area. Those target industries include:

  • Manufacturing, the backbone of of the local economy that capitalizes on the county’s hardworking, educated workforce;
  • Distribution,which relies on the county’s central location and easy access to major highway and rail infrastructure;
  • Research and Development, which can access the surplus of technical and research expertise at nearby Cornell University, Syracuse University, and a host of other top regional two- and four-year institutions;
  • Agriculture, a sector with a strong local tradition and influence and one poised for continued growth and development; and
  • Tourism, a critical component of the Cortland County economy that could see even more growth with the addition of more sporting events to the local tourism destination menu

Cortland area employment statistics:

  • Educational services (18%)
  • Manufacturing (16%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Other services, except public administration (7%)
  • Construction (6%)
  • Health care and social assistance (6%)


  • CORTLAND REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER, INC" (Acute Care Hospitals, Voluntary non-profit - Private, provides emergency services, 134 HOMER AVENUE)


  • SUNY College at Cortland (Public, Cortland, NY)
  • Tompkins Cortland Community College (about 9 miles; Dryden, NY)
  • Cornell University (about 19 miles; Ithaca, NY)
  • Ithaca College (about 21 miles; Ithaca, NY)
  • Onondaga Community College (about 28 miles; Syracuse, NY)
  • Cayuga County Community College (about 30 miles; Auburn, NY)
  • Syracuse University (about 31 miles; Syracuse, NY)
  • Le Moyne College (about 32 miles; Syracuse, NY)


Cortland, NY climate is mild during summer when temperatures tend to be in the 60's and very cold during winter when temperatures tend to be in the 20's.

The warmest month of the year is July with an average maximum temperature of 81.00 degrees Fahrenheit, while the coldest month of the year is January with an average minimum temperature of 15.20 degrees Fahrenheit.

Temperature variations between night and day tend to be moderate during summer with a difference that can reach 22 degrees Fahrenheit, and fairly limited during winter with an average difference of 16 degrees Fahrenheit.

The annual average precipitation at Cortland is 39.32 Inches. Rainfall in is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year. The wettest month of the year is June with an average rainfall of 4.08 Inches.

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