Binghamton is the county seat of Broome County, New York. Located near the Pennsylvania border, Binghamton is situated along the Susquehanna and Chenango Rivers. As of the 2010 census, Binghamton had a population of just under 48,000, though the Binghamton metropolitan area (i.e. Greater Binghamton, or “Triple Cities”) contains 250,000 people.
In 1779, members of the Sullivan Expedition became the first Europeans to settle in Binghamton. Officially incorporated as a city in 1867, Binghamton soon came to be known as the “Valley of Opportunity,” with “Parlor City” serving as another early nickname. Following the end of the Cold War, Binghamton began to experience economic decline, due in large part to the struggles of defense-related industries.
Educationally, Binghamton is home to Binghamton University, a clinical campus of State University of New York Upstate Medical University and the New York State Inebriate Asylum. The Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute also operates a campus in Binghamton.
Culturally, Binghamton boasts the Roberson Museum and Science Center, the Kopernick Observatory & Science Center, Recreation Park, the Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park (the fifth-oldest zoo in America), Phelps Mansion, the Cutler Botanic Garden, the Bundy Museum of History and Art and the Discovery Center.
Binghamton boasts a rich and diverse sports scene. Teams calling the city home include the Binghamton Mets, the Broome County Dragons, the Binghamton Tiger Cats, the Southern Tier Spitfire and the Binghamton Senators. Binghamton’s sister cities include Borovichi (Russia) and La Teste-de-Buch (France).
The Binghamton City Courthouse is located at 38 Hawley Street, Suite # 5, in Binghamton, New York, 13901.