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Binghamton, NY

Located at the junction of the Susquehanna and Chenango rivers and surrounded by low, picturesque hills, Binghamton is the seat of justice for Broome County in the Southern Tier of upstate New York. The city is named for attorney William Bingham, who worked to bring settlers to the area after the American Revolution; before that, it was home to Native Americans.

Binghamton became known in the late 1800s as one of the country's top cigar-making cities. The industry attracted immigrants from various countries, and its population increased rapidly. IBM, one of the world's largest computer companies, was founded in the Binghamton area and remains a major employer.

Today, the city is well known as the home of Binghamton University, one of the state universities of New York, with 14,000 students. The city has an overall population of 45,000. Binghamton was named one of the ten "greenest" cities in the U.S. by Country Home magazine. Interstates 81 and 88, as well as U.S. Route 17, run through Binghamton; Greater Binghamton Airport and the Tri-Cities Airport are located here.


Binghamton comprises eight neighborhoods, each of which has its own Neighborhood Assembly. Binghamton Neighborhood Assemblies (BNAs) were created to spark citizen participation in city government, and regularly scheduled public forums allow residents to voice their concerns and learn about local issues.


Some of Binghamton's major employers are in the technology and defense industries, as well as education and health care. IBM, Dick's Sporting Goods, and L-3 Communications were founded in the Greater Binghamton area; and Universal Instruments, McIntosh Laboratories, Maines Paper and Food Service, and Security Mutual Life are headquartered in the region.


Once known as the "Parlor City" because of its cleanliness, Binghamton is now called the "Carousel Capital of the World." In the early 1900s, local shoe manufacturer George F. Johnson donated six carousels to Broome County parks, believing that happy children would grow into happy, productive citizens; two of these wood-carved carousels (of fewer than 170 antique carousels remaining in the United States and Canada) are located in Binghamton. Rides, offered from Memorial Day until Labor Day, are free of charge.





Binghamton is home to the domed Greater Binghamton Sports Complex. The Binghamton Tiger Cats, a women's professional football team, play here. The complex also contains an indoor golf course, tennis courts, volleyball courts, and more.


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