The Greater Rochester, NY Region is located within 500 miles of 1/3 of the U.S. and Canadian population. This puts us close to major markets like New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, and Toronto, without the major market costs of doing business.
Kiplinger named 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.
The Greater Rochester International Airport averages 216 flights every day to 19 cities. Flights to cities such as Boston, New York and Washington, DC are less than 1 ½ hours by air. Our airport is also ranked as one of the most affordable airports in the country. (Source: 2015 Airport Affordability Index, Cheapflights.com)
Approximate Driving Distance and Flight Time to Major Cities:
| ||Mileage ||Flight Time |
|Boston ||390 miles ||1 hour, 18 minutes |
|Cleveland ||250 miles ||1 hour, 15 minutes |
|New York ||330 miles ||1 hour, 30 minutes |
|Philadelphia ||340 miles ||1 hour, 11 minutes |
|Toronto ||150 miles ||51 minutes |
|Washington, DC ||330 miles ||1 hour, 15 minutes |
Rochester is also accessible by rail. The region has more than 60 weekly Amtrak passenger rail departures from downtown. For commercial needs, Rochester has three Class 1 carriers: CSX, Norfolk Southern and Canadian Pacific. The routes handle up to 60 trains per day.
Source: US Census Bureau: 2014 American Community Survey (Commute Time), Greater Rochester International Airport, www.mapquest.com (Driving Distances)
Save Time and Money in Rochester, NY
The average commute time in the Rochester, NY Region is only 20.8 minutes. Our short commutes save time, save money, and improve workforce productivity. Check out the comparison between Rochester and major metropolitan areas around the country and you'll see a real savings in Rochester, NY.
During his drive to work, David Mammano, Founder/CEO of Next Step Publishing and BackToLearn.com, talked about the benefits of short commute times. To see the money companies save by having their employees spend less time in traffic, check out Greater Rochester Enterprise's commute time calculator.