Oneonta is a city in southern Otsego County, in the Appalachian region New York State. Nicknamed The City of the Hills, it has an area of a little over four square miles, and a population of just under 14,000. Originally a town formed from the hamlet of Midfordville in the 19th century, Oneonta incorporated as a city in 1908. The word "Oneonta" comes from the Mohawk language, and is thought to mean "place of open rocks." It's a beautiful area perfect for prospective homeowners.
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Oneonta is a great area for young people, with the median age being 22—not surprising as it's the location of SUNY Oneonta—one of the best and most affordable universities in New York. The median income in Oneonta is a little under $46,000 per household, annually. The median home price is $195,000, or $111 per square foot. The area is around 82% white, 4% African American, 4% Hispanic and Latino, and 3% Asian.
There are a number of great schools in the Oneonta School District. Valleyview, Riverside, and Greater Plains Elementary Schools serve students K-5. Of the three Greater Plains does best in academics, but all of them have caring, committed teachers to help students succeed. Oneonta Middle School teaches kids grades 6-8, and focuses on both intellectual development and personal growth for its students, to shape them into well-adjusted and responsible adults. And Oneonta High School covers grades 9-12. It includes a National Honors Society, International Thespian Society, Quill and Scroll Society, and much more—plus great athletics programs year-round.
And of course, as previously mentioned, Oneonta is also home to the State University of New York College at Oneonta, which offers a variety of liberal arts and science majors. Find homes in Oneonta by school district.
Due to its proximity to SUNY Oneonta, the biggest industry in the city is educational services. Next on the list is food service, followed by healthcare and social assistance. The highest paying industries include manufacturing, finance and insurance, and public administration. They have an employment rate of just under 94%, which is higher than the average for New York State as a whole.
Oneonta is a beautiful and historic area with plenty to see and do. It's home to the Catskill Symphony Orchestra, which plays regular concerts featuring a variety of beautiful music. You can also visit the Foothills Performing Arts Center, which hosts plays, musicals, art expos, and tons of other great live events throughout the year.
Gilbert Lake State Park is great for swimming, fishing, hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities. There are also trails at Wilbur Park and Emmons Pond Bog.
And if you're looking for places to eat, Oneonta has everything you could want. Yellow Deli is a great lunch spot, with sandwiches, salads, and more. Sloan's New York Grill is an amazing steakhouse, and Brooks' House of Bar-B-Q has beef brisket, pulled pork, ribs, and more. Plus, there are plenty of diners, coffee shops, bars, pubs, etc. throughout the area.
This is just the beginning of what Oneonta has to offer. It's a bustling and vibrant city with something for everyone, and an all around great place to live. If you're ready to make Oneonta your home, contact us, and let us help you find the perfect house to meet your needs.
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