Auburn is a city located at the north end of Owasco Lake, one of the Finger Lakes, in Cayuga County. It is the largest city in Cayuga County and the county seat.
Auburn was founded in 1793 by John L. Hardenbergh during the post-Revolutionary period of settlement of Western New York. Originally known as Hardenbergh's Corners in the town of Aurelius, the settlement was renamed Auburn in 1805 when it became the county seat.
It is most notably the site of the maximum-security Auburn Correctional Facility, as well as the William H. Seward House Museum and the house of abolitionist Harriet Tubman.
The Auburn Enlarged City School District is the public school system serving Auburn, which operates seven schools covering grades K–12.
As of the 2020 Census, there were 26,866 people (a change of -3.0% since 2010) residing in the city of Auburn. The share of the total population consists of 80% adults age 18 or older and 20% youths under the age of 18. A change of -1.8% and -7.2% respectively.
There was a 10% vacancy rate in 2020 in the city of Auburn. There were 12,948 total housing units, a +2.4% change since 2010. Of the 12,948, 11,652 housing units were occupied and 1,296 were vacant.
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