Moving to Rochester?


Nestled between Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes wine region in Upstate New York, Rochester

is a well-kept secret. Visitors tell us we have the arts, culture, sports and nightlife of a much larger city,

but the easiness of a small town. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the richness of life in Rochester.


For starters, we are healthy, well-educated, friendly, industrious – and not stuck in traffic. Want proof? Read on.


Rochester is in western New York, midway between Buffalo and Syracuse, on the southern shore of Lake Ontario, just northwest of the Finger Lakes

  • We are the country’s 47th largest metropolitan area.

  • City population – about 220,000 (third largest in New York, behind New York City and Buffalo)

  • Metropolitan region – 1.1 million (Monroe and surrounding five counties: Orleans, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario and Wayne)

  • Length of commute: You won’t have time to finish your coffee on the ride in – 21 minutes, the 17th shortest commute among 216 large counties surveyed.

  • Distance by car: Toronto - 3 hours, NYC - 6 hours, Boston - 7 hours, Adirondacks – 3-5 hours, Niagara Falls - 1.5 hours (approx.)

  • Median age – 36.6 (44% are 25 to 54 years old)

  • Ethnic/racial background – 85% white, 10% African American, 4% Hispanic

  • Most common ancestry: German (approx. 1 in 4)

  • Nearly a third of people over 25 have at least a bachelor’s degree.

  • Median household income: $44,943 (New York state - $43,602; nation - $41,349)

  • Climate – Long snowy winters, short springs, warm sunny summers, brilliant falls. As gardeners know, Lake Ontario moderates our winter temperatures; we're USDA zone 6A, the same as St. Louis, MO!