The Ward

The City of Ithaca is separated into 5 wards, each represented by 2 alderpersons on Common Council. The 2nd Ward comprises some of the city’s most ethnically-, economically-, and age-diverse areas. It contains a number of Ithaca’s most notable landmarks including the Ithaca Commons, Six Mile Creek, Cascadilla Creek, Washington Park, and Dewitt Park. It’s home to 4 of the city’s historic districts. It is the geographic and cultural heart of the City of Ithaca.


The 2nd ward is below in blue. Every ward is split into election districts, which determine where you vote (clicking on each will show your polling location). The 2nd ward has 4 of them.

Tompkins County legislative districts are also comprised of election districts, but are not equivalent to city wards. 2-1, 2-2, and 2-3 belong to Tompkins County Legislative District 1. 2-4 is part of Tompkins County Legislative District 4. Here is a map of the county legislative districts within city limits.


Here’s a list of neighborhood associations and community centers that make up the 2nd ward:

Dewitt Park Neighborhood Association

Fall Creek Neighborhood Association

Northside United

Southside Community Center

South of the Creek

Washington Park

With perhaps the exception of the triangle-shaped Northside, the 2nd ward’s neighborhoods don’t have strictly-defined boundaries. The city’s comprehensive plan contains a high-level map of neighborhoods. Here’s another interpretation. For a historic look at the various parts of the city, check out Ithaca’s Neighborhoods.



This data comes from the 2010 Census. More to come.

Age & Sex

This is a little tough to parse because the US Census Bureau separates Hispanic/Latino origin from race. They explain: “Hispanic origin can be viewed as the heritage, nationality, lineage, or country of birth of the person or the person’s parents or ancestors before arriving in the United States. People who identify as Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish may be any race.”

 White aloneBlack or African American aloneAmerican Indian and Alaska Native aloneAsian aloneNative Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander aloneSome Other Race aloneTwo or More Races
Hispanic or Latino3.32%0.64%0.09%0.10%0.00%1.94%1.05%
Not Hispanic or Latino70.67%10.42%0.36%6.72%0.02%0.40%4.28%

Voter Registration

Data captured from Tompkins County Board of Elections in October 2015.


Wards contain roughly 6,000 residents each.

WardRegistered Voters% of ward population% of city voters
Ward 2 Party Affiliation
No Affiliation62620.1
Working Families Party311.0