Previously called West Cicero, Clay has a history dating back to 1791. With nearly 50 square miles, it is bounded on the west by the beautiful Seneca River—the Erie Canal follows the rivers around Clay’s border, and it sits north of popular Onondaga Lake.
Clay is the gateway to Syracuse, with more than 145,000 people. Many local residents work and study in the city, which has been called the economic hub of Central New York. Syracuse sits 20 minutes to the south; Rochester—the state’s third-most populous city—is 90 minutes west of Clay.
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Clay is a town of nearly 56,000 people in 23,000 households and 16,000 families. It offers a total of 24,000 homes. About 92% of residents identify themselves as white; 3.5% as African-American; 2% as Asian; less than one percent Asian, Pacific Islander, or Native American. The median income for a household is just north of $90,000, while the median family income nears $97,5000. Clay features no less than 21 distinctive neighborhoods, subdivisions, and hamlets, so there is truly something to suit every taste.
Like many areas, Clay’s housing market is seasonal and can fluctuate significantly. There’s often a wide variety of homes to choose from, suitable for a range of budgets. These days, an average two-bed, two-bath property is often listed for about $160,000. Browse the newest real estate listings in Clay, NY.
The town of Clay is served by five school districts, many prominent for their high level of academic achievement and college preparation. Although the schools offer strong performance across the board, the local high schools in particular are known for quality instruction.
Not surprisingly, many students around Clay go on to study in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. SUNY traditionally balances favorable in-state tuition with strong academic programs and extracurricular activities. Syracuse University is a perennial favorite as well. Find homes for sale in Clay by school district.
In Onondaga County, the Upstate University Health Center is by far the biggest single employer. It contributes 9,500 jobs to the local economy. That’s more than double the 4,600 of Syracuse University, the #2 local employer. St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center adds another 3,700. Wegmans, Loretto, Lockheed Martin, National Grid, and Spectrum Cable are a few of the region’s other key companies. Large enterprises are the norm in the region, with only four of the top 20 employers fielding less than 1,000 jobs. Many residents have a very short commute. In recent years, the local economy has been revitalized as traditional industrial jobs have made way for high-tech research and manufacturing.
One of the biggest claims to fame in Clay is the Great Northern Mall. A major regional shopping mall with more than 40 retail outlets to visit, it recalls the heyday of shopping centers in the 1990s. For outdoor fun, few attractions can beat Onondaga Lake. Long Branch Park, Onondaga Lake Park, and Wegmans Good Dog Park all encircle its shores. Anglers love its catfish and lake bass. A number of fascinating museums await nearby, most oriented south of the lake. You can step into history at the Old French Fort in the Mission of Sainte Marie or the 1933 Salt Museum.
Our REALTORS® want to help you discover Clay, NY—Onondaga County’s largest town and Syracuse’s largest suburb. It’s a prime example of all that upstate New York has to offer you. Clay is an exciting place to live, work, and raise a family—and we can put it within reach for you. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Prime Properties to find out more today.
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