Living in Oneonta

SUNY Oneonta is located in the City of Oneonta, nestled in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains about a four-hour drive from New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia. With a population just shy of 14,000, Oneonta is one of the 20 Most Picturesque Small Towns in America, according to Microsoft News. The natural beauty of the region is breathtaking year-round. Each season offers outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, boating, swimming, and skiing.

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  • City Clerk, City Hall
    258 Main Street
    Open weekdays 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    (607) 432-6450
  • Town Hall
    3966 NY-23, West Oneonta
    Open weekdays 8:30am – 3:00pm
    (607) 432-2900
  • Police Department
    81 Main Street
    (607) 432-1113
  • Fire Department
    81 Main Street
    (607) 433-3480
  • Otsego County Sheriff's Office
    547-4271 172 County Highway 33W
    Cooperstown, NY 13326
  • Otsego County
  • Opportunities for Otsego


  • 511NY Rideshare
  • Oneonta Public Transit (OPT)
    Oneonta and Cooperstown bus routes ranging from .75-$3.75 / ride
  • Otsego Express
    County-wide bus route
  • Oneonta Eastern Travel
    Bus line for downstate connections and travel chartered trips
  • Trailways
    Bus that stops through downstate to NYC
  • Cooperstown Village Trolly
    Park and ride trolley runs daily June - August with stops at major Cooperstown attractions and downtown shopping


  • Hospitals near Oneonta, NY
  • A.O Fox Hospital
  • Bassett Medical
  • Tri-Town Regional
  • United Healthcare Services
  • Community Memorial
  • Cobleskill Regional

Top Employers

  • Bassett Healthcare Network
  • SUNY Oneonta
  • NYCM Insurance
  • A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital
  • Otsego and City of Oneonta Government
  • Springbrook
  • Wal-Mart
  • Cooperstown Dreams Park
  • Hartwick College
  • Community Bank
  • The Arc Otsego
  • Corning Life Science Division
  • Opportunities for Otsego
  • Chobani
  • Golden Artist Paint
  • NBT Bank
  • The Raymond Corporation
  • UHS

Cost of Living

  • Otsego County received a 82.8 index score out of 100, meaning the total cost of living is 1.2% lower than the US average and 31.9% lower than the average for New York State. Cost of Living index factors the total cost of housing, food, child care, transportation, health care, taxes and other necessities.
  • Typical home cost: $187,700
    • 44.5% less than national average
    • 54.6% less than average NY cost
  • Otsego County costs less than the US average and much less than the NYS average cost of living.



  • Oneonta City School District
  • Otsego Christian Academy, Otego
  • The Brookwood School, Cooperstown
  • Trinity Christian School, Cooperstown
  • Valley Heights Christian Academy, Norwich
  • Holy Family, Norwich
  • Delaware Academy, Delhi
  • The School at Springbrook, Oneonta
  • Pathfinder School, Edmeston
  • Hartwick College
  • Huntington Memorial library
  • SUNY Delhi
  • SUNY Oneonta


Daycare Resource List

  • Bugbee Children’s Center (Faculty and staff get preferred admissions)
  • Angels Daycare
  • Yak’s Youth Center
  • Oneonta Family YMCA
  • Upwards
  • Early Head Start
  • Opportunities for Otsego

Family Fun


Spirituality & Places of Worship

Energetic & Spiritual Healing

  • New Life Oneonta
  • Community Gospel
  • Main Street Baptist
  • St. James
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Living Water Faith Fellowship
  • First Presbyterian
  • Atonement Lutheran
  • St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church
  • Assembly of God
  • Anchor Oneonta
  • The Redemption Movement
  • Elm Park United Methodist
  • River Street Baptist
  • Tabernacle of Praise
  • HillCity Church
  • Southside Wesleyan Church
  • Unitarian Universalist
  • Spirit & Truth Christian
  • The Church of Jesus Christ
  • Oneonta Seventh Day Adventists
  • Temple Beth El
  • Institute for Spiritual Development
  • West Oneonta Baptist
  • Samye Hermitage
  • Three Treasures Zen Center


Top 10 Tourism Spots

  • Herkimer Diamond Mine
  • Howe’s Cavern
  • Roger’s Conservation Center
  • Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Chittenango Falls State Park
  • Erie Canal Cruise
  • Animal Adventure Park
  • Ross Park Zoo
  • Saranac Brewery
  • Syracuse Amphitheater

Hiking & Nature

Parks, Forests & Trails

  • College Camp Mountain Biking and Hiking - a series of trails on and between SUNY Oneonta and College Camp properties.
  • Table Rock Trail – part of a series of trails on the Hartwick College Campus. Quick hikes, fantastic views. The trail system consists of three loops totaling about five miles.
  • Wilber Park - multiple easy trails through relatively thick woods. In the City of Oneonta off spruce street.
  • Oneonta Susquehanna Greenway - following the Susquehanna River for 6-miles from the West End, through the City and out to Fortin Park in the east end of Oneonta.
  • Fortin Park - pastures, playing fields, children’s play sets and picnic areas. It has 2 long paths for hiking and skiing.
  • Arnold Lake State Forest - features a 5.5mi loop trail and other walking paths surrounding Arnold Lake.
  • Robert V. Riddell State Park- multiple easy to moderate trails through forested woodlands, wide fields and along the Schenevus Creek.
  • Mid Lake Trail - easy hike to a bog at Mud Lake in R.V. Riddell State Park. Often is muddy and includes a small waterfall.
  • Pine Lake - multiple hiking trails of varying difficulty. Lake also has opportunities for swimming, boating and more.
  • Audubon Sanctuary - located on Franklin Mountain with multiple trails. There is a lookout with gorgeous views. Prime bird watching and a full immersion into nature.
  • Gilbert Lake State Park
  • Texas Schoolhouse State Park
  • Basswood Pond State Forest
  • Richfield Springs Scenic Railroad - includes options for a train ride with many walking trails.

A bit further..


The great waterways of Central NY

  • Otsego Lake, Cooperstown
  • Goodyear Lake, Portlandville
  • Gilbert Lake, Laurens
  • Arnold Lake, Hartwick / Milford
  • Canadarago Lake, Richfield Springs
  • Chenango Lake, Norwich

Festivals & Events


OH-fest Street Fair, Oneonta

OWL Paintfest, Oneonta

Otsego Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale, Cooperstown

Wedding Expo at Foothills, Oneonta

Catskill Symphony Orchestra Cabaret, Oneonta

Sugaring Off Sundays, Farmer's Museum, Cooperstown


Glimmerglass Festival; world-class opera and musical theatre, Cooperstown

General Clinton Canoe Regatta, Bainbridge

Brewery Ommegang Summer Concert Series, Cooperstown

Family Farm day by Cornell Cooperative Extension for Schoharie and Otsego Counties

Otsego County Fair, Morris

NY State Fair, Syracuse

Gilbertsville Horse Shows at the Polo Fields in Gilbertsville; derby, hunters and jumpers

HOPSEGO (Hops History Festival)


Chenango Blues Festival, Norwich

Susquehanna Balloon Festival, Oneonta

Harvest Festival, Farmer's Museum, Cooperstown

Oneonta Halloween Parade

October Harvest Festival, Oneonta

Colorscape Arts Festival, Norwich


Home for the Holidays Pet Parade, Oneonta

Santa's Arrival Parade, Cooperstown

Snommegang, International Beer Festival

Glimmer Nights, Farmer's Museum, Cooperstown

Festival of Lights, Oneonta

Polar Bear Jump, Goodyear Lake

Cooperstown Winter Carnival

CANO Annual Chili Bowl, Oneonta

Arts & Culture


Golf Course Directory


  • Oneonta Country Club Golf Course
  • Oneonta Sports Park, Driving Range, Mini Golf, Disc Golf


  • Leatherstocking Golf Course at the Otesaga
  • Barnyard Swing, Mini Golf
  • Brewery Ommegang, 9 hole disc golf

Other Area Establishments

  • Colonial Ridge Golf Course, Laurens
  • Ouleout Creek Golf Course, Franklin
  • Canasawacta Country Club, Norwich
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