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 83,000 102,000 239,000 19,454,000 328,240,000
Pop growth, 10-year change1 -6.1% 0.7% -5.3% 0.8% 7.0%
GDP, billions1 $4 $6 $12 $1,772 $21,433
Job growth, 5-year change1 -3.8% 2.9% -0.6% 7.4% 8.6%
Median household income1 $52,900 $55,000 $53,030 $71,600 $65,000
Median home price1 $110,000 $200,000 $120,000 $320,000 $230,000
Pop share age 25+ with BA+1 25.3% 56.9% 26.5% 37.8% 33.1%

1 2019

* 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 data.census.gov, Moody's Economy.com, or directly from source.

Reports & Analysis
Elmira Economic Indicators (detailed data and timely updates)
Regional Employment Trends (May 23, 2022)
Press Briefing on the Regional Economic Recovery (Dec 17, 2021)
Jaison Abel's Briefing on Economic Conditions in the Region (Nov 5, 2021)
Severe Supply Disruptions Are Impeding Business Activity in the Region (Oct 21, 2021)
Jaison Abel’s Briefing on the New York State Economy During the Pandemic (Sep 30, 2020)
Tracking the Spread of COVID-19 in the Region (Aug 27, 2020)
Jason Bram's Briefing on Regional Economic Conditions During the Pandemic (July 14, 2020)
Finally, Some Signs of Improvement in the Regional Economy (Jun 16, 2020)
New York Fed Surveys: Business Activity in the Region Sees Historic Plunge in April (Apr 16, 2020)
Businesses in the Tri-State Region Struggling to Weather the Coronavirus Outbreak (Mar 30, 2020)
Jaison Abel’s January 2020 Briefing on the Regional Economy with a Focus on Central New York
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