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Rochester Rankings


Greater Rochester, NY tops the list of large (1 million+ people) metro areas where it's most affordable to buy a home. (source: U.S. Census & 2017) more
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) more
Rochester, NY is the "most affordable major housing market" not just in the U.S., but globally more
USA Today ranked The Strong as the #3 “Best Museum for Families” in the country more
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) more
7% of the world's fresh water supply is right here in the Greater Rochester, NY Region. And water rates well below the national average. more
Rochester's health care costs are the 4th lowest in the nation (Institute of Medicine, 2015) more
Recent map from Popular Science article shows Rochester, NY is a low risk for natural disasters (August 2014) more
Simon Business School is again listed in the annual ranking of the world's best business schools by the Financial Times of London. (January 2014) more
Scientific Reports named Rochester 18th among "The World's Leading Science Cities." (May 2013) more
Rochester, NY is the 7th "Brainiest" large metro in the nation. (source: Lumosity, 2013) more
Greater Rochester ranks 13th among metropolitan regions for the number of patents issued per million residents. (Brookings Institute report "Patenting Prosperity: Invention and Economic Performance in the United States and its Metropolitan Areas" 2013) more
Rochester is ranked #1 in the U.S. for patents issued per 1000 workers (source: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, April 2015) more
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). more
Rochester, NY is the second least stressed out city according to CNN/Money. (July 2014) more
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 more
The Finger Lakes Region was named one of the "Best Wine Travel Destinations in 2015." more
Rochester, NY was named one of the Top 10 Best Golf Cities in America. (source: more
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) more
Rochester, NY is recognized as one of the 20 most innovative cities in America as measured by Inc. (2014) more
Rochester Institute of Technology is one of the top schools in the world to study game design and launch games. (The Princeton Review, 2017) more
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) more
Yahoo Travel ranks Finger Lakes Region Among Top 10 "Lakeside Vacations that Have it All" more
Rochester's health care costs are among the lowest in the country. Commercial insurance costs are 30% below the national average. more
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) more
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Our region offers the highly skilled workforce necessary to compete in a knowledge-based economy


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