Utica is a city in the Mohawk Valley and the county seat of Oneida County, New York, United States. It is the tenth-most-populous city in New York State. Located on the Mohawk River at the foot of the Adirondack Mountains, it is approximately 95 miles west-north-west of Albany, 55 miles east of Syracuse and 240 miles north-west of New York City. Utica and the nearby city of Rome anchor the Utica–Rome Metropolitan Statistical Area comprising all of Oneida and Herkimer Counties. Utica was formerly a river settlement inhabited by the Mohawk Nation of the Iroquois Confederacy.
In the early 21st century, the Mohawk Valley economy is based on logistics, industrial processes, machinery, and industrial services. In Rome, the former Griffiss Air Force Base has remained a regional employer as a technology centre. The Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona is a tourist destination. Utica's larger employers include the ConMed Corporation (a surgical-device and orthotics manufacturer) and Faxton St. Luke's Healthcare, the city's primary health care system. Construction, such as the North-South Arterial Highway project, supports the public-sector job market. The Erie Canal still allows heavy cargo to travel through Utica at low cost, bypassing the New York State Thruway and providing intermodal freight transport with the railroads.
Utica was ranked #615 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Utica has a population of over 62,235 people. Utica also forms part of the wider Utica-Rome metropolitan area which has a population of over 299,397 people.