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.
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.")
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)
18th Among "The World's Leading Science Cities"
Scientific Reports named Rochester 18th among "The World's Leading Science Cities."
8 Rochester Area High Schools Rank Among Top 5% in US
In U.S. News and World Report's
2016 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 Sutherland High School (111), Pittsford Mendon High School (117), Honeoye Falls-Lima Senior High School (287), Brighton High School (493), Victor Senior High School (515), Penfield Senior High School (743), Geneseo Middle School High School (789), and Fairport Senior High School (921).
Five Local High Schools Make Newsweek's Top 500 List
Newsweek ranked five local high schools among America's top 500
, based on student college readiness, district graduation rates and poverty rates. The five local public high schools are Pittsford Sutherland (49), Pittsford Mendon (73), Brighton (198), Fairport (370) and Penfield (425). (Source: Newsweek 2015)
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)
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 45% More Affordable Than the National Average
At $125,000, the median home sales price is 45% more affordable than the national average. Approximately 82% of area homes are affordable for our region's median income. NAHB Housing Opportunity Index (Q4 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)
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)
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)
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"