Rochester combines the benefits of a large metropolis with the community life of a small town. Rated as the sixth best place to live in the nation by Places Rated Almanac, Rochester meets the professional, personal and entertainment needs of its residents.
A Great Place to Work
For students, business owners and workers of all kinds, Rochester is an ideal environment to obtain internships and employment. Rochester was rated first in Job Growth in the 2011 Metro Rankings by Business Facilities magazine. The numerous industries which power its economy demonstrate the breadth and depth of its offerings. Containing 7 percent of the world’s fresh water, the region is the site of more than 100 food and beverage manufacturers such as Kraft Foods and Mott’s. Other constantly evolving industries include architectural/engineering design services, biotech, business and information services, energy innovation, research and development, life sciences, food and beverage manufacturing, manufacturing, optics and imaging, printing and publishing, software/infomatics and telecommunications.
The city historically thrived on the success of giant corporations such as Eastman Kodak, Bausch & Lomb, Wegmans, Xerox, Constellation Brands and Paychex, but today is also home to equally successful smaller businesses such as Hillside Family of Agencies and Frontier Communications. Rochester is a leader in all categories, as it contains the #1 Best Small Company to Work for in America (Dixon Schwabl, 2010), the #1 Best Medium Company to Work for in America (Genencor, 2005) and the #1 Best Large Company to Work for in America (Wegmans, 2005).
A Family-Friendly City
The Greater Rochester region is a great location to raise a family, rated third in that category by Forbes. A low cost of living and reasonably priced housing contributed to its number four ranking on Forbes' list of Affordable Cities. Rated "Best City in the U.S. for Commuters" by Kiplinger, Rochester is known for its low congestion and short average commute time at 20.3 minutes. Educational opportunities abound in Rochester, as its public high schools are continually recognized as some of the best in the nation and its colleges and universities number 18 and include the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).
Plenty of Entertainment
Rochester offers a dynamic atmosphere for students, families, visitors and anyone else eager to explore. A variety of entertainment options caters to everyone from the music buff to the sports fanatic. Cinema-lovers may catch a foreign film at the George Eastman House, view a CineMagic flick at the Strasenburgh Planetarium or enjoy a budget-friendly evening at Movies 10, more affectionately known as the "dollar theater." The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Exodus to Jazz and Water Street Music Hall represent a few of the musical venues which occupy the city. Museums include the Rochester Museum & Science Center, Susan B. Anthony house and The Strong children's museum which features a toy hall of fame. Dining options are diverse and range from up-scale restaurants to diners, from Thai food to sushi. The garbage plate is native to Rochester and has become a staple of the city, originating at Nick's Tahou Hots in 1918 and still delighting hungry customers today.
All Sports for All People
A hotbed for minor-league sports, Rochester is home to nine professional teams which provide games to attend year-round. These teams include:
Rochester also contains 95 golf courses and was rated by Golf Magazine as one of the Top 40 Best Golf Towns in America.
Rochester residents may experience the beautiful nature of Western New York by exploring nearby beaches (such as Charlotte and Durand Eastman beaches), parks (such as Cobbs Hill and Highland Park) and bodies of water (such as Canandaigua Lake and Lake Ontario) and taking advantage of hiking, skiing and boating opportunities. Niagara Falls is a little over an hour west of the city.
Other entertainment options include shopping at Eastview Mall in Victor or downtown's Park Avenue, seasonal events such as Lilac Festival or a trip to the Seneca Park Zoo. Rochester also has its fair share of comedy clubs, art galleries, libraries, restaurants, recreation centers and nightclubs.
Rochester is a place for residents to study, play, live and work. As a student, family and worker-oriented city, it's no wonder Rochester ranked first among metropolitan areas in the United States for quality of life. An environment of recreation, community and opportunity awaits anyone willing to grasp it. Read about more of Rochester's prestigious awards here.