ITHACA, NY – Ithaca has once again found itself on a list of one of the greatest places to live – not because of nature, but because of its economy and startup culture.

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In their list of the best places to live, Men’s Journal calls Ithaca “The Quintessential College Town Turned Job Epicenter,” noting that the city is now home to over 100 startups.

While the article focuses on that element, no description of Ithaca would be complete without a nod to Taughannock Falls. Men’s Journal also highlights Finger Lakes National Forest and winery tours along Cayuga Lake as high points.

“Our kids’ school is across the street from our house. My shop is a half mile away. A grocery store, theaters, and restaurants are all within walking distance. And miles of singletrack, waterfalls, and swimming holes are literally out our back door,” Ian Golden, owner of Finger Lakes Running told Men’s Journal.

“Does Ithaca have its issues, like rising home prices? For sure. But I can’t say there are too many towns that have as much to offer, and it seems like it’s getting better.”

Other cities highlighted on the list include:

  • Bainbridge Island, Washington
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Greenville, South Carolina
  • Fort Collins Colorado
  • Boise, Idaho
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Boulder, Colorado

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Michael Smith

Michael Smith reports on politics and local news for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached via email at, by cell at (607) 229-0885, or via Google Voice at (518) 650-3639.