A SHORT PROFILE OF
CAYUGA COUNTY, NEW YORK
Cayuga means "people of the wetlands"
It is pronounced ka-yu-ga in the Iroquioan
Language of the Cayuga people
Cayuga County's total population for 2000 was 81,963. The largest proportion of this population resides with in the center of the County and includes the City of Auburn with a population of 28,574, surrounded by the five towns of Sennett, Throop, Owasco, Fleming and Aurelius. Other than the City of Auburn, there are twenty three towns and nine villages.
Nearly sixty-five miles long, Cayuga County's land area of 700 square miles, stretches from the shores of Lake Ontario into the heart of the Finger Lakes Region and the Southern Tier of Central New York. The County is blessed with plentiful water resources. Cayuga Lake on the west and Skaneateles and Cross-lakes, on the east from natural boundaries ranging from four miles to nineteen miles. In addition to the surrounding lakes, its own Owasco Lake offers a prime water supply source. The County is crossed by the New York State Erie Canal Barge system and is connected through
scenic waterways to the Great Lakes and to the Atlantic Ocean via the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Hudson River.
Situated in central New York State between Syracuse and Rochester, Cayuga County has an ideal location and business climate. Wage rates work ethic and cost of living are highly favorable to business and industry. The crime rate is substantially lower than the national average and the quality of life in the heart of the Finger Lakes region ranks second to none.
Cayuga County is well known for several historical reasons. Millard Fillmore, the 13th President of the United States, was born in the County. The splendid home of William Seward, President Lincoln's Secretary of State, can be visited in Auburn. Willard Chapel, also located in Auburn, is the only complete Louis Comfort Tiffany religious interior remaining in the world. Ted Case, at Case Research Lab in Auburn, pioneered the sound used in talking movies. The County houses the Harriet Tubman Home and Reference Library. These are a few of the notable sites that can be enjoyed by visitors to the County.
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