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Syracuse By the Numbers

A bird's-eye view of three runners on a trail

Random Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Syracuse

A bird's-eye view of three runners on a trail


Popular Science magazine ranked Syracuse #17 in a list of the country's top 50 greenest cities in 2008. The rankings were based on cumulative criteria in four different areas: electricity, transportation, green living, and recycling and green perspective.


The New York State Commission formed the Erie Canal by digging four feet deep and 40 feet wide from Albany to Buffalo. It created a booming transportation system that lasted for 100 years. Today, you can visit the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse to learn more while touring rotating exhibits.

A group of runners cheering on another runner during a race


The number of breweries that once called Syracuse home. While the numbers declined from mid-century on, today craft breweries are experiencing a rapid resurgence (learn about one of our favorites in Run This Town Syracuse).


The year the country’s first State Fair took place in, you guessed it, Syracuse.


Over 1000 runners participate in Fleet Feet Syracuse training programs every year. … That’s a lot of runners!

A group of runners wearing costumes poses for a photo


The number of fans seated in Syracuse’s Carrier Dome in 2014. It’s also the record for the largest crowd ever to see a basketball game on a college campus! Go Orange!

All the numbers

Did you know that the brannock device was invented in Syracuse? Yep, pretty cool. It’s how fit experts decided your shoe size before the advent of fit id. Pretty darn cool.