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Cortland, NY

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About Cortland, NY

Cortland, NY is located in Cortland County in the state of New York.

The total City Population for Cortland is about 17,577 with about 1,848 people per square mile.

The Average Home Value is $115,521, which is roughly 61% lower than the Average Home Value of $296,520 for the state of New York, and roughly 47% lower than the National Average of $217,072.

The Median Income Per Household is about $50,697, which is roughly 35% lower than the Average Median Income Per Household of $77,890 for the state of New York, and roughly 22% lower higher than the National Average of $65,026.

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Quick Stats

Cortland Population 17,577
Average Home Value $115,521
Median Household Income $50,697
Median Age 27.1
Unemployment Rate 6.8%
Politics 49.28% Republican

Demographic Details

Average # of People Per Household: 2.37
Male Population Estimate: 46.4%
Female Population Estimate: 53.6%
Median Age: 27.1
Male Median Age: 31.3
Female Median Age: 32.0

Racial Demographic Estimates



Cortland County voted Republican in the 2020 Presidential Election with a very significant difference of 77.13% between the winner and runner up.
Chuck Schumer
U.S. Senator
Chuck Schumer
Democratic Party
Kirsten Gillibrand
U.S. Senator
Kirsten Gillibrand
Democratic Party
Kathy Hochul
State governor
Kathy Hochul
Democratic Party

Voting Results by Party

Republican: 49.28%
Democratic: 47.36%
Other: 1.49%
Libertarian: 1.35%
Green: 0.52%

Crime Details

NOTE: Crime is available at the County level so this doesn't necessarily represent the city of Cortland specifically.

Average # of Homicides for Cortland County: About 0 per 100,000 People
(last recorded in 0)

Average # of Violent Crimes for Cortland County: About 89.5423 per 100,000 People
(last recorded in 2021)

Cortland County is about 100% lower than the national average of about 4 homicides per 100,000 people, and about 69% lower than the national average of about 288 violent crimes per 100,000 people.


The Unemployment Rate for Cortland is about 6.8%.

New York is ranked #2 out of 52 for Best and Worst States to Work in America, with an overall score of 85.46 out of 100.

2nd out of 52

Wage Policies

Overall Wage Policy Score: 69.89

The average living wage for the state of New York is $35.98/hr, while the states minimum wage is $12.50/hr, which can be set above the state standard, and is extended to farm workers. This gives New York a minimum wage score of 66.97 compared to all other states.

The minimum wage for tipped employees is $8.35/hr, which gives New York a minimum wage for tipped employees score of 57.2 compared to all other states.

The weekly unemployment (UI) benefit for New York is $250.00, resulting in a UI benefit score of 50.49 compared to all other states.

Worker Protection Policies

Overall Worker Protection Score: 71.43
New York does provide accommodations for pregnant workers.
New York does offer protections for workplace breastfeeding.
New York does mandate equal pay across gender and race.
New York does prohibit pay secrecy practices in the workplace.
New York does restrict access to salary history to reduce gender and racial bias.
New York does provide some form of paid family leave.
New York does provide some form of paid sick leave.
X New York does not provide flexible scheduling of worker shifts.
New York does not mandate pay reporting or "call-in" pay by employers.
New York does not provide split shift pay regulation.
X New York does not provide workers advanced notice of shift scheduling.
New York does provide some form of sexual harassment protection in state law.
New York does extend workers compensation mandates to farmworkers.
New York does not extend worker protections to domestic workers.

Right To Organize Policies

Overall Right To Organize Score: 70
New York does not have a "right-to-work" law.
New York does legalize project labor agreements to ensure a fair wage to workers on contract.
New York does not protect workers against wage theft retaliation.
New York does partially require collective bargaining for public workers.
New York does provide collective bargaining for teachers.
New York does provide wage negotiations for teachers.
Data from Oxfam America, Inc.
A global organization that fights inequality to end poverty and injustice.

Nearby Location

Additional Location Details

Zip Code(s): 13045
Latitude: 42.600400
Longitude: -76.178400
TimeZone: Eastern (GMT -05:00)
Daylight Saving: Yes
Region: Northeast
Average Elevation: 1241.0 ft.
Area Code(s): 607

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