Inside Southern Tier
The Southern Tier is located on the Pennsylvanian border
of New York State, lying North-west of New York City and
south-west of the State Capitol (Albany). Containing
Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Schuyler, Steuben,
Tioga, and Tompkins counties, the region boasts some of the
state’s finest natural resources and agriculture, as well as
significant educational institutions and readiness for
In addition to housing both a booming tourism industry and
dozens of prominent universities such as Binghamton and
Cornell, the Southern Tier is also the location of many
businesses that employ over 350,000 highly-skilled workers.
While mostly known for industrial machinery and materials processing, and contributing to the electronics, imaging, and simulation industries, businesses choose the Southern Tier for its proximity to the marketplace, abundant natural resources, and its extremely well-educated workforce.
Area – 6,251.09 square miles
Population (2009) – 646,210
2009 Labor Force: 325,200
2009 Per capita income: $23,516
Easy north-south access is provided by I-81, which connects the Southern Tier with Canada to the north and the Mid-Atlantic and Southern states to the south. Buffalo and New York City metropolitan areas are accessed via Rte. 17 I-86, the Southern Tier Expressway. This route traverses the Southern Tier of the state, and serves as a major through-route for recreational and commercial traffic. It is the only major east west through-facility between I-90 (NYS Thruway) and I-80. Most importantly, it ties together other routes on the Interstate and U.S. route systems. I-88 provides quick and easy access to Albany and New England.
Three regional airports, at Binghamton, Elmira, and Ithaca, provide passenger service through US Airways and a number of commuter airlines connecting the Southern Tier to national and international destinations. The region also has six general aviation airports.
The region is well served by freight rail service, with Norfolk Southern, the New York Susquehanna and Western, Canadian Pacific (Delaware and Hudson) and Owego and Harford providing trackage and service to all areas.
Extensive public and private bus transportation is provided throughout the region by Greyhound, Short Line and Capitol Trailways.
Electronics Imaging Simulation
Colleges and Universities
The Southern Tier has more than a dozen colleges and universities including:
Morrisville State College-Norwich Campus
SUNY Binghamton University
SUNY Broome County Community College
SUNY Corning Community College
SUNY Delhi SUNY
SUNY Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3)
Fortune 500 Companies