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Why Lewis

a legacy of thriving industry

Lewis County is home to a dedicated, homegrown workforce, thriving manufacturing and small businesses and a steady population. With its strategic advantage, low cost of living and inexpensive housing, Lewis County is the perfect place for business success in a beautiful country setting.

Lewis County Advantages

  • Centrally Located

  • Good Company

  • Resource Rich

  • Dedicated Workforce

  • Community Growth Mindset

Lewis County Profile

proof in numbers

Quick Facts

Population: 26,528
Location: Northern New York
Nearest Cities: Syracuse, Utica, Watertown
Cost of Living Index: 94.9%
Unemployment Rate (September 2020): 4.5%

Physical Characteristics

Square Miles: 1,275 sq. mi.
Terrain: Rolling
Altitude: 856-2,110 ft.
Climate: Four Seasons


Median Age: 41.8 Years
Persons Under 18: 5,995
Persons 18 and Over: 20,301



Homeownership Rate: 78% NYS: 54%
Median Apartment Rental: $733 NYS: $1,240
Median Unit Value: $128,600

Income & Labor Force

Median Household Income: $60,049
Average Weekly Wage: $840 NYS: $1,347
# Employed (non-farm): 5,800 NYS: 8,381,100


Employment by Sector

Natural Resources: 300
Manufacturing: 900
Services: 2,200
Government: 2,400


High School Diploma: 91.1%
Bachelor’s Degree: 18.8%


Watertown Intl. Airport – 37 Miles
Syracuse Hancock Intl. Airport – 88 miles
Highways: Interstate 81, NYS Thruway
State Roads: 12, 26, 812, 410, 126
Lewis County Public Transportation