Living Here

Affordable. Safe. Nearby.


It is no coincidence that the Finger Lakes region is experiencing growth in its millennial population at a rate faster than the national average. Aside from its top colleges and universities, the area’s downtown revitalization projects, cultural amenities and proximity to major cities all combine to provide an ideal opportunity to be part of a connected community.

Cost of Living Comparison

An individual would need to make the salary in the right column to have the same standard of living in the Finger Lakes Region with a $50,000 income level.

Metro Area


New York City (Manhattan)


San Francisco






Finger Lakes


Source: Council for Community and Economic Research.

Making a Home

The Finger Lakes is among the most affordable housing markets in the nation. Whether you are buying or renting, the area features a range of options from stately manors to lakeside cottages that are cheaper than many comparable metropolitan areas.

  • Median Sale Price - $115,500
  • Homeownership Rate – 66.5%
  • Avg. Household Size: 2.4

Source *NAHB Housing Opportunity Index, Q1 2018

Top Trends for Finger Lakes Senior Living

  • Dining experience drives satisfaction
  • Support for technology-connected devices 
  • Organized activities key to “active living”


Sweeping lakeside vistas are not the only examples of scenic beauty in the Finger Lakes. The gateway community neighborhoods are filled with architectural treasures that help preserve the area’s history and charm for both visitors and residents alike.

Federal Style (1780-1840)- Predominately found throughout cities and towns on the eastern seaboard, where merchant trading ventures fueled fortunes. Geneva has several examples of this architecture since its first growth coincided with the Federal period. (Image: Pulteney Park Row Houses, Geneva)

Greek Revival (1825-1860)- Style grew from the desire to inherit the beauty and grandeur of Ancient Greece, a place many thought represented the true spirit of democracy. Given the rapid settlement of Geneva and Waterloo during this period, it became the dominant style for many domestic buildings. (Image: Rose Hill Mansion, Fayette)

Second Empire (1855-1885)- Inspired by Napoleon III’s reign in France, this style was practical for cities, because their height allowed for additional living space on narrow, city lots. Within Seneca Falls, the style is prevalent in a section of town that locals refer to as “Mansion Row.”  (Image: Cayuga Street, Seneca Falls) 

Healthy Living

Finger Lakes Health is a community-owned, not-for-profit organization dedicated to maintaining and improving the health of all people in the central Finger Lakes. Recognized as one of the best health systems of its size in the United States, Finger Lakes Health plays a vital role in the community. It provides much-needed inpatient, outpatient, and long term care medical services, ensuring access to primary and specialty care physicians, and delivering health and wellness education focused on prevention. As the region’s largest employer, it also plays a significant role in the community’s economic health.

In addition to programming that targets the health priorities in gateway communities, Finger Lakes Health, its physicians and mid-level providers, clinical and support staffs provide multiple opportunities to educate students in healthcare careers through mentoring, internships and clinical training. Additionally, its administrative team and many staff members partner with varied community organizations and agencies for the betterment of their neighbors.

Quick Stats:
Outpatients provided care: 173,000
People treated in ER: 30,000
People admitted to hospitals: 4,100
Source: 2017 FLH Report to Community

Important Numbers:

Geneva General Hospital

196 North Street, Geneva

(315) 787-4000

Finger Lakes Gastroenterology

821 Preemption Rd, Geneva

(315) 787-5310

Finger Lakes Surgery Center

3700 County Rd 6, Geneva

(315) 230-5505

Jim Dooley Early Learning (Daycare)

196 North Street, Geneva

(315) 787-4190

FLH Urgent Care

1991 Balsley Rd, Seneca Falls

(315) 835-4900

Lifecare Medical Associates

1991 Balsley Rd, Seneca Falls

(315) 539-9229

Seneca Family Health Center

367A East Main Street, Waterloo

(315) 787-4977

Additional Healthcare & Insurers:

Finger Lakes Community Health

7150 North Main Street, Ovid

(607) 403-0065

Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield

(Seneca County Chamber)

(315) 568-2906

MVP Healthcare

(Seneca County Chamber)

(315) 568-2906

Fidelis Care

(Seneca County Chamber)

(315) 568-2906

New York State of Health (Exchange)

(Seneca County Chamber)

(315) 568-2906

Images: FL Health Jan Regan

Community Gives Back

There are a variety of non-profit, charitable organizations in the Finger Lakes Gateway committed to helping thousands of individuals and families each day. These organizations contribute to the overall health of our community and embody the spirit and values of the area.




Child & Family Resources, Inc.

Childcare resources/Parent education

(315) 568-0945

Glove House 

Youth/family crisis care

(315) 539-3724

Happiness House

Programs for children/adults with disabilities

(315) 789-6828

Arc of Seneca Cayuga

Programs for children/adults with disabilities

(315) 856-8227

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Research-based information and education

(315) 539-9251

House of Concern

Poverty Assistance

(315) 568-2433

Seneca Housing

Fair Housing education & assistance

(315) 568-2200

Cayuga Seneca Community Action

Poverty Assistance, Family Development

(315) 255-1703

Tristan Foundation

Suicide Awareness & Prevention

(315) 759-2581

United Way of Seneca County

Education, Income, Health

(315) 539-1135