Rich resources. Abundant attractions.
The Rochester region is a great place to live and a great place to raise a family. Here are some of our finer points:
- was ranked #6 among 379 U.S. metro areas for Most Livable Cities in the 2007 edition of Places Rated Almanac.
- has a stable, affordable housing market.
- residents commute an average of 19.7 minutes to work.
- is big on education. Some of our suburban public high schools are in the top 100 schools in Newsweek’s national rankings. The area is host to a number of institutions of higher learning, including the University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology.
- is big on business. It’s the second largest economy in New York State, after New York City, and major corporations like Eastman Kodak, Xerox, and Paychex are headquartered here.
Rochester’s High Falls, in the heart of downtown, fills the sky with rainbows for the amusement of al fresco diners. (Photo courtesy of City of Rochester, NY)
Rochester has a rich cultural tradition, with world-class museums and a host of musical and theatrical offerings.
- George Eastman House: International Museum of Photography and Film
- Memorial Art Gallery
- Strong National Museum of Play
- Rochester Museum & Science Center
- Eastman School of Music and Eastman Theater
- Garth Fagan Dance
- Rochester International Jazz Festival
- GEVA Theatre
Java’s is a popular spot for people heading to or from its next-door neighbor, Eastman Theater. Java’s is also front-row seating for several of the Rochester International Jazz Festivalâ€™s performances. (Photo courtesy of City of Rochester, NY)
Interested in the outdoors? We’re blessed with numerous parks within the city and its suburbs, as well as wilderness areas nearby. And don’t forget about the beautiful Finger Lakes, where many wineries are achieving international recognition.
- Mendon Ponds Park
- Highland Park, home of the Lilac Festival
- Genesee Country Village & Museum
- Letchworth State Park
- Finger Lakes
Find information about all of our Monroe County parks. You’ll also find fishing, skiing, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, running, bicycling if you can think of it, there’s a place to do it in Rochester.
Casual hikers follow the flow of the Genesee River as they wind their way from Turning Point Park to the Lake Ontario beach and harbor. (Photo courtesy of City of Rochester, NY)
Festivals? We love them, from the annual Corn Hill Arts Festival to Rochester Harbor and Carousel Fest to Rochester River Romance. Check them all out in the city’s 2008 community events calendar.
For recreation of a different kind, go to the place where everyone takes their out-of-town guests: Wegmans, our homegrown, internationally known grocery store. From the cheese shop to the patisserie to the sushi station, Wegmans is a wonderful world of food.
Looking for a hometown team to cheer? Pick from many in Rochester, which in 2005 was rated the best minor sports league market in America by Street & Smithâ€™s Sports Business Journal:
- Rochester Red Wings baseball
- Rochester Amerks hockey
- Rochester Raging Rhinos soccer
- Rochester Raiders indoor football
- Rochester Razorsharks basketball
- Rochester Rattlers major league outdoor lacrosse
- Rochester Knighthawks national indoor lacrosse
Golf is a Rochester obsession. We have more than 95 golf courses and more golf holes per capita than any other industrial city in the northeast. Every year, the worlds best professional women golfers come to town for the Wegmans LPGA Tournament, and many other years find us hosting another major golf event.
Learn more about our livable city
An upstate New York electrical engineering career has more benefits than you might imagine. Visit these sites to begin your research into Rochester, Turner Engineering’s hometown.
Greater Rochester Enterprise (links on living and working in Rochester)
Greater Rochester Visitors Association(what’s fun to see and do)
Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester’s daily newspaper)
The City of Rochester (official site of our largest municipality)
Monroe County (official site of our county government)
Download Greater Rochester Enterprise’s guide to Quality of Life in Rochester.