Often called the City of the Hills, our city offers a rich history, an exceptional quality of life, and the ease of small-town living. The quaint architecture and the downtown environment are friendly and welcoming. Economic development has progressed in a way that allows for both commerce and education to remain alive and competitive. According to the 2020 Census, Oneonta had a population of 13,079. While the word “Oneonta” is of undetermined origin, it is popularly believed to mean “place of open rocks” in the Mohawk language. This refers to a prominent geological formation known as “Table Rock” at the western end of the city.