Utica was settled by Matson and Van Zandt in October, 1836 and was known as Greene Township.
As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 60,651.
Frank Woolworth opened the first of many of his 5 and 10-cent Woolworth stores on February 22, 1879 in Utica.
Utica is the site of the Boilermaker road race and the Running Hall of Fame. Univerities in Utica include Utica College, Munson Williams-Pratt School of Art, and Mohawk Valley Community College. Nearby colleges include Hamilton college in Clinton, NY and Colgate University in Hamilton, NY.
Several widely distributed beers are brewed at the historic F.X. Matt Brewery. Other famous sites include Utica Zoo, Munson Williams Art Museum, Children's Museum, Baggs Square and the Oriskany Monument.
Utica is located at 43°5'48" North, 75°13'55" West (43.096569, -75.231887)1 in the Mohawk River Valley region of New York State.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 43.0 km² (16.6 mi²). 42.3 km² (16.4 mi²) of it is land and 0.7 km² (0.3 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 1.57% water.
As of the census of 2000, there are 60,651 people, 25,100 households, and 14,231 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,432.3/km² (3,710.0/mi²). There are 29,186 housing units at an average density of 689.2/km² (1,785.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 79.42% White, 12.92% African American, 0.28% Native American, 2.21% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 2.16% from other races, and 2.96% from two or more races. 5.79% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 25,100 households out of which 27.0% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.5% are married couples living together, 16.9% have a female householder with no husband present, and 43.3% are non-families. 37.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 15.5% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.28 and the average family size is 3.04.
In the city the population is spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 18.8% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 37 years. For every 100 females there are 88.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 84.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $24,916, and the median income for a family is $33,818. Males have a median income of $27,126 versus $21,676 for females. The per capita income for the city is $15,248. 24.5% of the population and 19.8% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 38.0% are under the age of 18 and 12.1% are 65 or older.