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The city of Ithaca {{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}} is in central New York and is the county seat of Tompkins County, as well as the largest community in the Ithaca-Tompkins County metropolitan area. This contains the municipalities of the Town of Ithaca, the village of Cayuga Heights, and other towns and villages in Tompkins County. The city of Ithaca is located on the southern shore of Cayuga Lake, in Central New York. It is named for the Greek island of Ithaca.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>

Ithaca is home to Cornell University, an Ivy League school of over 20,000 students, most of whom study at its local campus.<ref name="hoiatc">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }} {{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[dead link] }}</ref> Ithaca College is located just south of the city in the Town of Ithaca, adding to the area's "college town" atmosphere. Nearby is Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3).<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> These three colleges bring tens of thousands of students who increase Ithaca's seasonal population during the school year. Some students settle in the area after graduation. The city's voters are notably more liberal than those in the remainder of Tompkins County or in upstate New York, generally voting for Democratic Party candidates.

In 2010, the city's population was 30,014, and the metropolitan area had a population of 101,564. Some students have become more politically active in the city. In 2004, Gayraud Townsend, a 20-year-old senior in Cornell's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, was sworn in as alderman of the city council, the first black male to be elected to the council and the youngest African American to be elected to office in the United States.<ref name="american">[ "Gayraud Townsend"], Young Elected Officials Network, Inaugural National Convening, Washington, DC, January 13-15,2006, People of the American Way Foundation</ref> He served his full term and has mentored other student politicians.<ref name="cornell">Susan Hoffman, "The Sun Speaks to Gayraud Townsend '05", Cornell Sun blog, 2 May 2007, accessed 14 September 2014</ref> In 2011 Cornell undergraduate student Svante Myrick was elected as the youngest mayor of the city of Ithaca.<ref name="svante">Teri Weaver, "Svante Myrick: How a child of modest means became Ithaca's youngest mayor-elect", Syracuse.com, 20 November 2011, accessed 14 September 2014</ref>

Namgyal Monastery in Ithaca is the North American seat of Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama.<ref> {{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }} </ref>


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