Explore Oneida County, NY

Oneida County, named in honor of the Oneida nation, one of the five nations of the Iroquois League, embodies the rich stories of its past to guide it into the future.

Oneida County has always been at the center of transportation developments that controlled the growth of New York State and in large measure, the North Eastern United States.

Nearly one hundred miles west of the state capital in Albany, Oneida County holds the upper reaches of the Mohawk River flowing eastward to the Hudson River. The County is also the site of streams flowing west to the Great Lakes, North to the St. Lawrence River, and South to the Susquehanna River. The height of land, in this east-west watershed divide is the site of the City of Rome. A few miles to the east is the site where the Mohawk River is the most fordable for north-south travel, the City of Utica. – Oneida County, NY

Oneida County Quick Facts

Established in 1798
County seat: Utica
Largest city: Utica

Area

  • Total 1,258 sq mi (3,2600 km2)
  • Land 1,212 sq mi (3,140 km2)
  • Water 45 sq mi (120 km2)  3.6%

Population as of the 2020 census was 232,125.

Explore Oneida County

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  • Government

    The Oneida County Board of Legislators is the governing, appropriating and policy-making body of Oneida County.  It has the power to levy taxes, adopt budgets, incur debt, fix compensation, and approve local laws and resolutions. Its powers and duties derive from the Oneida County Charter and code, and the laws of the State of New York.  The Board currently has 23 members representing the citizens of Oneida County.

  • Oneida County Residents

    This is a great resource for Oneida County current and future residents. Plenty of resources and links to government, schools, office of the aging, recreation, and more.

  • Oneida Indian Nation

    The Oneida Indian Nation is an indigenous nation of American Indian people whose sacred and sovereign homelands are located in Central New York. The Nation was a key ally of the United States during the Revolutionary War, and it has been a cultural and economic anchor for the region. Through the diversified business enterprises it has successfully built in recent decades, the Oneida Indian Nation has become one of the largest employers in New York. It has also forged agreements with neighboring governments that have fortified the Nation’s sovereignty in perpetuity.

  • Oneida County colleges and adult education

    Oneida County has a number of locations for higher education opportunities.

  • Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce

    The Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit, member-based, business organization focused on the development of a prosperous economic climate that will enhance commercial growth and the quality of life for all who reside in the Utica region.

  • Voting information

    Oneida County offers a great voting information page complete with links for voter registration, absentee ballots, elected officials, polling places, board of elections, and more.

    Take a look at a comprehensive NYS voting resource where you can explore additional voting information and even track legislation.

  • Visitors and tourism

    Oneida County has a full seasonal calendar, which offers a multitude of attractions, from outdoor festivals, art exhibitions, bocce ball tournaments, harness racing, boating and other recreational activities.