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Ithaca (C)

New York is a state in the north eastern United States. Majority of the population is concentrated in the southern portion around New York city, the state is often regionalized into upstate and downstate. New York is the home of Ellis Island, where many immigrants in the early 20th century arrived in the United States.
The city of Ithaca sits on the southern shore of Cayuga Lake, in central New York state and is famous for being the location of Cornell university. According of U.S census estimate, the population was 29,766. The city of Ithaca is the center of the Ithaca metropolitan area and the county seat of Tompkins county, New York. As of 2000, the city had a population of 29,287 and the metropolitan area had a population of 100,135. 2004 estimates puts the city population at 29,952, an increase of 2.3 percent. In the 1820s and 1830, Ithaca held high hopes of becoming a major city when the primitive Ithaca and Owego railway was completed in 1832 to connect the Erie canal navigation with the Susquehanna river to the south. In 1821, the village set itself off by incorporation, at the same time the town of Ithaca parted with the parent town of Ulysses.

The valley in which Cayuga lake is located is long and narrow with a north south orientation. Ithaca is at the southern end of the lake, but the valley continues to the south west behind the city. Originally a river valley, it was deepened and widened by the action of Pleistocene ice sheets over the last several hundred thousand years. The city is often regarded as among the most beautiful parts of New York, it is one of the most visited places amongst the most die hard travelers the world over. Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and gain enthusiasm in its natural beauty and populace. The city has undergone some improvement in various fields and enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers.

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