Rochester ranked among top locations for Amazon HQ2
Moody’s Analytics ranks Rochester as the 4th most ideal
location for Amazon HQ2, We're the right place for any high tech company that is looking for top-tier talent at competitive wages and an exceptional quality of life. (October 2017)
Brookings Institute ranks Rochester Among Top Metros for Patents
Greater Rochester ranks 13th among metropolitan regions for the number of patents issued per million residents, with the largest subcategory of patents granted for optics research.
According to Brookings Institute report, "San Francisco, Boston, Austin, Seattle, San Diego, Portland, Rochester, and Minneapolis are in the upper tier of large metros that produce patents at high volumes and rates."
(Source: Brookings Institute 2013 report "Patenting Prosperity: Invention and Economic Performance in the United States and its Metropolitan Areas.")
The Most Innovative Cities in America
Rochester, NY is recognized as one of the 20 most innovative cities in America
based on patent registration. (Source: Inc. 2014)
Abundance of Fresh Water
7% of the world's fresh water supply is right here in the Greater Rochester, NY Region. No water rationing or water rights fees and rates well below the national average make our region attractive for food processing, agriculture and advanced manufacturing.
#1 in the U.S. for patents issued per 1000 workers
Rochester is ranked #1 in the U.S. for patents issued per 1000 workers (source: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, April 2015)
18th Among "The World's Leading Science Cities"
Scientific Reports named Rochester 18th among "The World's Leading Science Cities."
9 Rochester Area High Schools Rank Among Top 5% in U.S.
In U.S. News and World Report's 2017 evaluation of more than 20,000 public high schools, 9 schools in the Greater Rochester, N.Y. region are among the top 5 percent.
They are Pittsford Mendon High School (86), Pittsford Sutherland High School (165), Brighton High School (297), Honeoye Falls-Lima Senior High School (360), Webster Thomas High School (427), Geneseo Middle School High School (544), Victor Senior High School (689), Penfield Senior High School (866), and Fairport Senior High School (989).
RIT Video Game Program Ranked No. 2 by Princeton Review
Rochester Institute of Technology is one of the top schools in the world to study game design and launch games, according to new international rankings from The Princeton Review. RIT's game design and development program was ranked second at the undergraduate level and fourth at the graduate level. (The Princeton Review, 2017)
Financial Times Ranks Simon Business School Among Top 30 in the U.S.
Simon Business School is again listed in the annual ranking of the world's best business schools by the Financial Times of London. Simon is ranked 29th among business schools in the U.S. and 55th among the top 100 business schools in the world. (January 2014)
Rochester is the 7th "Brainiest" Large Metro in the Nation
Rochester, NY is the 7th "Brainiest" large metro in the nation
, outranking places such as Austin, TX and Silicon Valley. (source: Lumosity, 2013)
Living and Culture
Most Affordable Major Housing Market
Rochester, NY is the "most affordable major housing market"
not just in the U.S., but globally. (source: Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey, 3Q 2016)
Rochester, NY is #1 for Home Affordability
Greater Rochester, NY tops the list
of large (1 million+ people) metro areas where it's most affordable to buy a home. Our region offers major market quality of life without major market costs, making it a destination for talented people and innovative companies.
One of the 20 Best Places to Live in the U.S. for Quality of Life
According to U.S. News & World Report, Rochester is one of the 20 Best Places to Live in the U.S. for Quality of Life
. Short commutes and high-quality education were key factors. (2017)
Rochester Ranks 19th for Arts Vibrancy
Rochester, NY is the 19th most “arts vibrant” place
in the country, according to the National Center for Arts Research annual Arts Vibrancy Index. (April 2017)
Rochester health care costs among lowest in U.S.
Rochester's health care costs are the 4th lowest in the nation
(Institute of Medicine, 2015)
Rochester is a Low Risk for Natural Disasters
Recent map from Popular Science
article shows Rochester, NY is a low risk for natural disasters (August 2014)
10 Least Stressed Out Cities
Short commutes and moderate living costs earned Rochester the number two spot on CNN Money's list of 10 Least Stressed Out Cities
. (July 2014)
Rochester Homes 47% More Affordable Than the National Average
At $134,000, the median home sales price is 47% more affordable than the national average. Approximately 81.4% of area homes are affordable for our region's median income. NAHB Housing Opportunity Index (Q2 2017)
Rochester's Health Care is Among the Best in the Country
Rochester's health care costs are among the lowest in the country. Commercial insurance costs are 30% below the national average.
"One of America's Best Hospitals in the Nation"
Strong Memorial Hospital, consistently recognized in U.S. News and Reports as "One of America's Best Hospitals in the Nation," is widely known for its cardiac care. It operates the only heart transplant program in Western New York and is also nationally recognized for neurosurgery, urology, gynecology, cancer and pediatric specialties.
One of the Top 10 Golf Cities
Rochester, NY was named one of the Top 10 Best Golf Cities in America. (source: Golf.com)
The Strong Museum of Play Among Best Museums in U.S.
USA Today ranked The Strong as the #3 “Best Museum for Families”
in the country: (2017)
Wine Enthusiast Magazine Gives Finger Lakes High Marks
The Finger Lakes Region was ranked by Wine Enthusiast magazine as one of the"Best Wine Travel Destinations of 2015"
in part because of the world-class Rieslings and the beautiful scenery.
Top 10 "Lakeside Vacations that Have it All"
Yahoo Travel ranks Finger Lakes Region Among Top 10 "Lakeside Vacations that Have it All"
Home to some of "The Most Exciting Red Wines in the U.S"
Wine Enthusiast notes that New York State produces "the most exciting red wines in the United States,"
specifically identifying the Finger Lakes' Cabernet Francs and Pinot Noirs. (2017)