Binghamton, often known as "The Parlor City," is a city located in the Southern Tier of New York in the United States. The "Home of the Square Deal," it is the county seat of Broome County and the principal city and cultural center of the Greater Binghamton region. The population of the City, according to the 2000 census, is 47,380.The City of Binghamton is located at the confluence of the Susquehanna and Chenango Rivers. The city is at the crossroads of Interstates 81 and 88, as well as New York State Route 17 (also known as The Southern Tier Expressway and the future Interstate 86).
The Binghamton Metropolitan Area includes approximately 252,000 residents in all of Broome and Tioga (NY) counties. Binghamton is part of the "Triple Cities," along with Endicott and Johnson City (which are actually villages). The region is collectively referred to as Greater Binghamton.In 2007, Binghamton was named the 9th greenest city in the U.S. by Country Home magazine. Greater Binghamton is home to Binghamton University, a driving force in the community as an academic, athletic, and arts center. Binghamton also has the world's largest collection of functioning antique carousels and the biggest public observatory, the Kopernik Space Center, in the northeastern United States. The region is further recognized as the birthplace of the IBM Corporation, Dick's Sporting Goods, Endicott Johnson Corporation, Raymond Corporation and the Link Trainer flight simulator.
BAE Systems recently announced that the company would be laying off 225 employees at its Southern Tier plant, which specializes in electronic platform solutions. This is the first time that BAE has had to lay employees off since 2002 but along with another 100 cuts in California and Massachusetts, the company still employs a little over 4,500 people in the U.S. and the U.K. after Binghamton`s job count dropped. On the healthcare side of things, the Binghamton Health Center and Elmira Psychiatric Center will remain open according to a recent announcement by Governor Cuomo. The decision to keep the centers open will save between 350 and 400 jobs in the region.