Binghamton Metro Area

Binghamton is located in the Southern Tier region of New York State near the Pennsylvania border, and the metropolitan area is home to roughly 250,000 people. After years of decline, the Binghamton economy has only recently begun to stabilize following the Great Recession. Though manufacturing remains a key sector for the region, Binghamton has lost close to 70 percent of its manufacturing base since 1990—one of the largest declines for any metropolitan area in the nation. As manufacturing has waned and the economy has begun to restructure, the education-and-health and leisure-and-hospitality sectors have become increasingly important. Binghamton University has become the region’s economic centerpiece and has helped stabilize an otherwise struggling area.

Economic and Demographic Trends
Binghamton Ithaca* Elmira* New York State USA
Population1 242,000 105,000 86,000 19,849,000 325,719,000
Pop growth, 10-year change1 -4.1% 4.9% -3.5% 3.7% 8.1%
GDP, billions2 $9 $5 $3 $1,500 $18,510
Job growth, 5-year change1 -3.2% 5.9% -5.8% 8.3% 9.3%
Median household income2 $48,000 $54,900 $50,000 $62,000 $57,000
Median home price2 $110,000 $190,000 $102,000 $300,000 $200,000
Pop share age 25+ with BA+2 29.0% 51.7% 27.5% 35.7% 31.3%


1 2017

2 2016

* Neighboring Metros

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis; IPUMS USA-University of Minnesota. Data retrieved through American FactFinder, Moody's Economy.com, or directly from source.

Reports & Analysis
Binghamton Metro Economic Indicators (detailed data and timely updates)
NEW: Early Benchmarked Employment Data
Labor Markets in the Region Are Exceptionally Tight (Dec 4, 2018)
New York State’s Community Colleges are Successfully Partnering with Employers (Nov 14, 2018)
Upstate New York's Expansion Is Losing Steam (Oct 13, 2017)
Just Released: Economic Press Briefing Focuses on Regional Wage Inequality (Aug 10, 2017)
A Tale of Two States: The Recession's Impact on N.Y. and N.J. School Finances (Feb 2017)
Binghamton Regional Household Debt & Credit Snapshot (released Q4 2016)