13th "Most Innovative City in the U.S."
Business Insider reports Rochester, NY is the 13th "Most Innovative City in the U.S."
Brookings Institution Ranks Rochester among best metro economies in world
Brookings Institution ranks Rochester the 46th best metro economy
in the world and 3rd best in the U.S., trailing only Houston and Dallas and outperforming areas such as New York City, Boston and Washington. This ranking is based on 2010-2011 growth rates for employment, income and output of goods and services. (Jan 2012)
Rochester Companies Recognized on "Great Places to Work" list
magazine and the Great Places to Work consulting firm recognized Dixon Schwabl, ESL Federal Credit Union, and Sage Rutty among the "Great Places to Work
" in the nation. Rochester had more firms included in this ranking than any other city in the U.S.
Genesee County Ranked Fourth Best Food Processing Region
Genesee County was ranked fourth best food processing region in the country, based on metropolitan food processing industry growth. (Business Facilities Magazine, August 2013)
Rochester Ranked Among Smartest Cities in America
The Daily Beast ranked Rochester one of the top 10 smartest cities in America
. This ranking is based on the education attainment levels of our workforce as well as our intellectual environment. It underscores the fact that a highly-skilled and educated workforce is a key to long term economic success. (October 2010)
Abundance of Fresh Water
7% of the world's fresh water supply is right here in the Greater Rochester, NY Region. This plentiful and inexpensive supply of water makes the Rochester Region an attractive business location.
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.")
One of the Ten Most Unexpected Cities for High-Tech Innovation
Techie.com ranks Rochester, NY one of the"Ten Most Unexpected Cities for High-Tech Innovation"
in U.S. (April 2013)
Rochester one of 35 Innovation Hubs in the Country
Atlantic magazine lists Rochester as one of the 35 innovation hubs
in the country based on the number of new start-up companies, accepted patents, and number of entrepreneurs per million people.
We are one of only six cities in the U.S. to have multiple research centers, including University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology. (October 2011)
Fast Company Names Rochester a Hotbed of American Innovation
Fast Company named Rochester one of the Ten Underrated Hotbeds of American Innovation
. (August 2012)
Rochester Among "Most Inventive Cities"
Rochester is ranked 12th among the "Most Inventive Cities"
in the U.S. based on patents per capita. We outrank cities such as San Diego, Austin, and Durham. (The Daily Beast, 2011)
Top 5 for patents per capita
Based on Forbes' analysis of the most innovative cities in the US, Rochester is ranked 5th for patents per capita.(2010)
18th Among "The World's Leading Science Cities"
Scientific Reports named Rochester 18th among "The World's Leading Science Cities."
Rochester Named One of the Most Innovation-Intensive Metro Areas
The New Republic reports Rochester, NY is one of the most innovation-intensive metro areas in the country
, along with Boston, Minneapolis, San Diego, and San Jose. This ranking is based on per capita patent applications. (source: Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, March 2012)
8 Rochester Area High Schools Rank Among Top 5% in US
In U.S. News and World Report's 2015
evaluation of more than 19,000 public high schools, 8 schools in the Greater Rochester, N.Y. Region are among the top 5 percent. They are Pittsford Mendon High School (109), Pittsford Sutherland High School (122), Honeoye Falls-Lima Senior High School (230), Odyssey Academy (707), Fairport Senior High School (722), Hilton High School (818), Wheatland-Chili High School (827), and Geneseo Middle School High School (919).
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
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 $110,000, the median home sales price is 47% more affordable than the national average. Approximately 88% of area homes are affordable for our region's median income. NAHB Housing Opportunity Index (Q1 2015)
Rochester has the Second most Affordable Housing in US
Rochester has the second most affordable housing among the 52 major markets in the US, based on U.S. Cenus data. (Source: Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey, Q3, 2014)
Best City for Commuters
Kiplinger names Rochester the "Best City in the U.S. for Commuters."
This ranking was based on our community's low congestion cost (a measurement of wasted time and fuel calculated by the Texas Transportation Institute) along with average length of commute, local gas prices, yearly delays per commuter, and public transit use. (March 2011)
One of the Safest Weather Cities in the US
The Weather Channel examined a number of weather statistics and named Rochester, NY one of the safest weather cities in the U.S.
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)
Kiplinger named Rochester 5th Best City for Families
Top-ranked public and private schools, a good economy, and strong employment growth are some of the reasons Kiplinger named Rochester the 5th Best City for Families
. (July 2012)
Rochester is the #1 Most Livable Bargain Market
MSN rated Rochester, NY the #1 most livable bargain market
in the US. "Rochester provides a lot of bang for your buck. It has big-city culture, a highly educated population, picturesque scenery, affordable housing and an expanding high-tech job base." (July 2011)
Finger Lakes Wine Country is a Top Food Trend
The Today Show names the Finger Lakes Wine Country as a Top Food Trend for 2012, stating 2012 is the year wines in America outside of California will be a part of the national conversation and gain more acclaim. (Jan 2012)
Finger Lakes Riesling Wines Among the Best in the World
Finger Lakes Region ranked one of the Top Four Riesling Regions in the world. (by Culinary Institute of America's Karen MacNeil, summer 2010)
Rochester Tops for Volunteerism
Rochester ranks in the Top 10 in the nation for volunteer hours per resident. (source: Corporation for National & Community Service, 2009)
Rochester Area Ranks 3rd for Raising A Family
Forbes magazine ranked the Rochester area the third-best metropolitan region in the country for raising a family
. This ranking is based on seven criteria: cost of living, prevalence of homeownership, median household income, housing costs, commute time, crime and high school graduation rates. The cost of living and short commute times in our region helped elevate Rochester's ranking. (June 2010)
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.
14th in the US for "near universal" health care
The Daily Beast ranks Rochester 14th in the nation in "near-universal" health care with 91 percent covered by health care policies
"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.
Finger Lakes Among Top Places to Visit in U.S.
Business Insider says the Finger Lakes is #16 among "50 trips you have to take in the U.S."
Visitors are encouraged to taste wines and explore vineyards in the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York. (March 2013)
One of the Top 10 Golf Cities
Rochester, NY was named one of the Top 10 Best Golf Cities in America. (source: Golf.com)
Rochester has some of the Best Golf Courses in the Country
recently named golf courses at Rochester's Oak Hill Country Club and Country Club of Rochester among the top 100 greatest in America. (2013)
Rochester One of Top Fifty Bike-Friendly Cities
Bicycling Magazine recently named Rochester, NY one of America's Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities. (Spring 2010)
Rochester Named One of the 10 Best Golf Cities in America
Golf Magazine and the National Golf Foundation named Rochester, NY one of the 10 Best Golf Cities in America
. The ranking is based on seven factors including affordability and number of quality courses as well as the weather. "You can play more gorgeous golf for less than in any other big American city."
Top 10 "Lakeside Vacations that Have it All"
Yahoo Travel ranks Finger Lakes Region Among Top 10 "Lakeside Vacations that Have it All"
Strong Museum top 10 ranking
The Strong is ranked as one of the top 10 Children's Museums in the nation by Child Magazine.
It is also home to the National Toy Hall of Fame.