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Life in Picturesque Western New York

If you’re considering a move to our area, you won’t be disappointed. Rochester is the third largest city in New York State and has a lively, active metropolitan area -- but at the same time, it has a close-knit, small-town feeling. We’re home to great public and private schools; remarkably affordable housing; quick, easy commutes; and outstanding recreational opportunities and culture.

Nationally recognized quality of life
Our city and surrounding areas are consistently ranked among the best in the nation.

Year-round outdoor recreation
Our beautiful region featuring lakes, waterfalls, parks, the Erie Canal, Lake Ontario’s Seaway Trail, and the world-famous Finger Lakes Wine Country.

A capital of culture
Arts and entertainment opportunities abound here.

Fascinating facts about Rochester 
Even more reasons to check out our fair city!

Our national rankings speak for themselves.

Rochester area residents take great pride in the many national rankings that highlight the outstanding quality of life available here. 

  • #1 for overall quality of life among U.S. metros with populations of more than 1 million — Expansion Magazine
  • #6 best public schools nationwide — Expansion Magazine
  • #6 “most livable” city in the U.S. for overall quality of life — Places Rated Almanac 
  • #6 on the list of “Best Places With Best Education”  — Forbes Magazine   
  • One of the 10 Best Cities To Raise A Family — Child Magazine    
  • One of the Top 20 Tech Cities in the US — Popular Science Magazine    
  • One of the 10 “Perfect Places” to vacation — Money Magazine     
  • 7th Cleanest City in the Country — Reader’s Digest    
  • 11th “Least Stressful” city — Sperling’s Best Places    
  • #10 Best Golf City in America — Golf Magazine & the National Golf Foundation 

A prime location for fun, year-round outdoor recreation

You’ll find exciting recreational opportunities during every season of the year. Outdoor festivals and activities like sailing, boating, skiing, biking, skating, running, hiking, and fishing are popular here. So are sports like tennis, platform tennis, racquetball, squash, and golf—in fact, with more than 95 golf courses in the area, we have one of the highest golf course-to-population ratios in the northeast!

Our parks, trails, and ski slopes encourage everyone to get outside year-round. And for skiers, snowshoe fans, snowmobilers, and other outdoor enthusiasts, our famous snowfall is a big attraction. 

A capital of culture 

Rochester is a center for arts and entertainment, offering all this … and more:

  • George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, home to one of the most prestigious collections in the world
  • Strong National Museum of Play, one of the nation’s top 10 children’s museums that features the National Toy Hall of Fame and a beautiful butterfly garden
  • Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, a world-class symphony
  • GeVa Theater Center, one of the most popular professional regional theaters in New York State
  • Rochester International Jazz Festival and 360/365 Film Festival, which draw music and film fans from all over the country
  • Memorial Art Gallery, home to 11,000 works of art as well as a thriving, community-oriented creative workshop

Fascinating facts about Rochester

  • The average commute time is less than 20 minutes.     
  • The Rochester International Airport provides direct service to more than 20 cities.   
  • Our area is home to 16 colleges and universities.   
  • Four of the top 100 public high schools in the country are located here, according to Newsweek (2006). 
  • Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal calls Rochester “the best minor league sports market in the country.” 

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