Elmira Metro Area

Elmira is located in the Southern Tier region of New York State near the Pennsylvania border, and the metropolitan area is home to about 85,000 people. As in other parts of upstate New York that are dependent on manufacturing, Elmira’s economy has been struggling for decades. The area has lost 10 percent of its population and employment since 1990, and its manufacturing base has been cut in half since then. While many places in upstate New York have suffered from manufacturing job losses, growth in the education and health sector has helped to ameliorate those losses. In Elmira, by contrast, the education and health sector has seen little growth. Likewise, growth in Elmira’s professional-and-business and leisure-and-hospitality sectors—which have also helped other areas fill the void of lost manufacturing jobs—has been lackluster.

Economic and Demographic Trends
Elmira Ithaca* Binghamton* New York State USA
Population1 86,000 105,000 242,000 19,849,000 325,719,000
Pop growth, 10-year change1 -3.5% 4.9% -4.1% 3.7% 8.1%
GDP, billions2 $3 $5 $9 $1,500 $18,510
Job growth, 5-year change1 -5.8% 5.9% -3.2% 8.3% 9.3%
Median household income2 $50,000 $54,900 $48,000 $62,000 $57,000
Median home price2 $102,000 $190,000 $110,000 $300,000 $200,000
Pop share age 25+ with BA+2 27.5% 51.7% 29.0% 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
Elmira 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)
A Tale of Two States: The Recession's Impact on N.Y. and N.J. School Finances (Feb 2017)
Upstate New York's Expansion Is Losing Steam (Oct 13, 2017)
Just Released: Economic Press Briefing Focuses on Regional Wage Inequality (Aug 10, 2017)
Elmira Regional Household Debt & Credit Snapshot (released Q4 2016)