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Ithaca/Tompkins County Overview

Ithaca and Tompkins County are located in the Finger Lakes Region of central New York State, four hours from New York City, three hours from Niagara Falls, two hours from Rochester and four hours from Philadelphia.

The Finger Lakes Region is comprised of 14 counties, which occupy 9,000 square miles, roughly comparable in size to the states of Vermont, New Hampshire or New Jersey.

Ithaca, NY sits at the southern tip of Cayuga Lake, the longest of the 11 Finger Lakes.

Home to Cornell University and Ithaca College, the Ithaca area offers the best of small-town life with cultural qualities of a larger metropolitan city.

Ithaca is the seat of Tompkins County. As of the 2010 census, the population was 101,000. The county was named in honor of Daniel D. Tompkins, who served as Governor of New York and Vice President of the United States.

The climate of Tompkins County provides for a variety of Ithaca attractions and outdoor activities ranging from boating, swimming and hiking in summer, to cross-country skiing and ice-skating in winter. “Ithaca is gorges” has become the indelible adage that aptly describes the Ithaca area, which has been blessed with deep cut gorges and the most spectacular waterfalls in New York.

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