Utica is in the Mohawk Valley and the county seat of Oneida County, New York. With an average population of 62,235 based on the 2010 census, they are the tenth most populous city in the state. Although part of the Utica-Rome Metropolitan Statistical Area, both are characteristically influenced by the Capital District and Syracuse Metropolitan Areas’ commerce, education, and culture.
Its location has paved the way for many cultures to blend in and has let the locals make it its own. Represented by immigrant and refugee cuisines by Dutch, Italian German, Irish, and Bosnian influences.
Annual events are organized by the city in collaboration with the National Distance Running Hall of Fame which is a great tourist event that entices locals from not only other regions but foreign runners as well. They have held popular events with many organizations such as The Children’s Museum of Natural History, Science and Technology, NASA, and The Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute and Pratt Institute.
The 3,815-seat Utica Memorial Auditorium is home to the Utica Comets American Hockey team. They played in the AHL from 1987 to 1993. The city was also were the Utica Blue Sox baseball team is from, affiliated with the Toronto Blue Jays and then later on with the Miami Marlins.
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