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Tioga County, New York nestles in the southern Finger Lakes Region of the state. Long known for its vast array of recreational and tourist activities, Tioga County is building quite a reputation as an excellent region for relocation of families and businesses.

Nine towns make up Tioga County, as well as several villages and hamlets. According to the Census 2000, Berkshire, Owego and the town of Tioga range from populations of 1,300 to over 20,000. The county itself registered at almost 52,000 people. Much of the region is lovely agricultural farmland, with 69% designated as rural area. Many of the residents commute to the more metropolitan areas of Binghamton and Elmira, NY for employment, as well as Sayre, Pennsylvania, which the county borders.

Tioga County boasts the lowest crime rate in all of the five surrounding counties. Housing costs remain low and affordable, while quality of education is outstanding. Cornell University, Binghamton University as well as Syracuse University all lie within easy driving range.

Tioga County residents are highly skilled workers and well trained in such high-tech industries as electronics and aerospace. The IBM Corporation, Universal Instruments, NLX Corporation as well as Lockheed Martin all call the region home. BioLife Solutions, Inc, Best Buy Co., Inc. and Hidden Valley Electronics have recently relocated into Tioga County. The Department of Economic Development and Planning works closely with incoming firms, and the County as well as the state of New York offer many incentives for new businesses.

While the economic future of Tioga County shines brightly, residents still enjoy the rural and historic beauty of their region. In the tiny hamlets and villages, the downtown districts retain their historic building and tree-lined streets. Romantic bed and breakfasts are scattered throughout, and antique shops abound.

The Susquehanna River offers some of the finest trout fishing in the region, while the Finger Lakes Trail awaits avid hikers, crossing remote and beautiful areas of New York's Southern Tier region. The Tioga Motorsports Park delights race fans, while golfers enjoy their choice of eight different courses. Winter turns Tioga County into a wonderland for outdoor enthusiasts, with ice-skating, cross-country skiing, and ice fishing.

With its lure of natural beauty and its high quality of life, Tioga County residents can plan on a bright and abundant future.

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