Syracuse has the 144th largest population in the United States. The population shrank by 0.7% from 2010 to 2015, which was slower than the national average. Unemployment in the Syracuse area is 4.3%, which is lower than the national average, and is getting better. Syracuse has the 80th largest local economy in the US, and a low cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Syracuse is below average at $47,330, and the median cost of a home in Syracuse is $87,800, which is below the national average. 26% of workers in Syracuse hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 80% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Syracuse. 64% of Syracuse workers drive to work alone, 8% take public transit, 10% carpool, and 16% walk. People in Syracuse spend an average of 17 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.