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Prior to statehood, Central New York was inhabited by the Onondaga Nation, who were part of the Iroquois Confederacy, and also by the Mohawk Nation. The first Europeans to explore the area were French Jesuit priests and soldiers in the 1600s. Initially settled as Salt Point in 1780, Syracuse has gone through many names including Webster’s Landing, Bogardus Corners, Milan, South Salina, Cossits’ Corners, and Corinth. Finally, the name Syracuse stuck. Syracuse is named after Syracuse, Sicily, which was founded by the Ancient Greeks. This city was named for a marsh. Syracuse, New York, was officially incorporated as a village in 1825, and then into a city in 1847. Historically, Syracuse served as a crossroads between the Erie Canal and smaller canals, and then for a railway network.
Modern day Syracuse, according to a 2013 US census bureau estimate, has a population of 144,669 people. This makes it the largest “Syracuse” in the United States. Syracuse’s metropolitan area, according to that same 2013 report, has a population of 662,577 people. This makes it the fourth most populous metropolitan city in the state of New York.
The Greater Syracuse Economic Council, as of 2008, ranked the State University of New York Upstate Medical University as the largest employer in the city of Syracuse. This Medical University is responsible for 8,195 jobs. The State University of New York Upstate Medical University was established in 1834, and as of 2009, has a $40.2 million endowment. It is a graduate college with degree programs in the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Health Professions, and Graduate Studies.
The second largest employer in the city of Syracuse, according to the Greater Syracuse Economic Council, is Syracuse University. Syracuse University employs 5,925 people. Established on March 24th, 1870, Syracuse University is a private research institute. SU is home to 13 schools and colleges, “with nationally recognized programs in information studies and library science, architecture, communications, business administration, inclusive education and wellness, sports management, public administration, engineering, and the College of Arts and Sciences. As of 2014, Syracuse University had a $1.183 billion endowment, serving 21,267 students in total.
The State Tower Building is the tallest building in the city of Syracuse. Built between 1927 and 1928, the State Tower Building is a U.S. Historic district contributing property. It was conceived in the Art Deco architectural style. Syracuse is home to one of the most famous buildings created under the aesthetics of this style: The Niagara Mohawk Hudson Building. Listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, the Niagara Hudson Building was completed in 1932 and is considered a “symbol of the Age of Electricity.”
Syracuse is home to three professional sports teams. The Syracuse Chiefs are a Triple-A affiliate of MLB’s Washington Nationals who play their home games at Alliance Bank Stadium. The Syracuse Chiefs were founded in 1934 and have 8 league championships to their name. AHL’s Syracuse Crunch play their home matches in War Memorial at Oncenter, as do Major Arena Soccer League’s Syracuse Silver Knights.
The city of Syracuse’s most famous sports team, however, is Syracuse University’s Orange (previously Orangemen or Orangewomen). Both the football and basketball teams play their home games in the Carrier Dome. In total, Syracuse University fields 20 varsity teams.
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