About Rochester, NY

Nestled between Lake Ontario and the scenic Finger Lakes region, Rochester is Western New York's best kept secret. In 2010, Rochester was named among the Twenty Best Places to Start Over (Bloomberg Businessweek) and America's 4th Most Affordable City (Forbes Magazine). With a moderate cost of living, numerous businesses, and a variety of top colleges, Rochester provides ample opportunity to fulfill whatever lifestyle you and your family seek.

Rochester Facts

Size:

  • Third largest city in New York State
  • 79th largest city in the United States

Population:

  • City of Rochester: 208,123
  • Monroe County: 735,343
  • Metro Area: 1,098,201

Average High Temperature:

  • 78°F (26°C) in the summer
  • 32°F (0°C) in the winter

Transportation:

  • Average daily commute for Rochestarians is 19.7 minutes.
  • All Rochester offices are located on the RGRTA bus lines.

For the Sports Enthusiast

Known as "Baseball City USA," Rochester is home to the Red Wings, the minor league AAA affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. The brand new Marina Auto Stadium is home to our Raging Rhinos soccer team (USL First Division) and the Rattlers (MLL), our outdoor lacrosse team. Playing in the Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester War Memorial, the Americans also known as the "Amerks" hockey team (AHL), play with their Calder Cup-winning excitement. The city's professional lacrosse team the Knighthawks (NLL) and the Razorsharks basketball team (PBL), also play at the Blue Cross Arena. Rochesterians are strong supporters of the Buffalo Sabres, Syracuse Orange, and the NFL Buffalo Bills, who hold summer camp each year at nearby St. John Fisher College.

Rochester is a four-season city, which gives ample reasons to take advantage of a variety of outdoor activities. In the winter, sports enthusiasts can hit the slopes of nearby ski areas or ice skate at Manhattan Square Park. The spring and summer seasons bring boaters to Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes, while golfers test the greens of the area's numerous golf courses. The beautiful fall foliage brings hikers to different parks throughout the region, including trails along the Genesee River and the historic Erie Canal.

Industrial Giants

Rochester is home to the "big three" industrial giants: Bausch & Lomb, Inc., Xerox Corp., and Eastman Kodak Co. Other major companies in the city include the High Falls Brewing Co. (formerly known as the Genesee Brewing Co.), Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., and Frontier, a Citizens Communications Company.

Theater and Music

Cultural enthusiasts can enjoy the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, a variety of museums, and several different theater groups. The Geva Theatre features live performances of classic plays and debuts of original works in Rochester's very active theater scene. Come see Garth Fagan, the Tony Award-winning choreographer for Broadway's The Lion King, and his internationally known modern dance troupe, Garth Fagan Dance. Experience the beauty of the Rochester City Ballet by attending one of their many performances throughout the year.

Nearby Attractions

Lilacs, gardens, and wine tasting tours are also popular local hobbies. Rochester is home to the famous Lilac Festival, an event filled with flowers, attractions, and entertainment. For a quick weekend retreat, the Finger Lakes Region offers one of the most visually stunning and peaceful getaways in the United States. It is also New York's largest wine producing region with its award-winning number of wineries and vineyards. Niagara Falls and Toronto are also within an easy drive from Rochester, extending the diversity offered by the region.

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