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Rochester Rankings


Rochester is ranked #1 in the U.S. for patents issued per 1000 workers (source: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, April 2015) 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 among the lowest in the country. Commercial insurance costs are 30% below the national average. 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
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
The Finger Lakes Region was named one of the "Best Wine Travel Destinations in 2015." 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
USA Today ranked The Strong as the #3 “Best Museum for Families” in the country 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's health care costs are the 4th lowest in the nation (Institute of Medicine, 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
Atlantic magazine lists Rochester as one of 35 innovation hubs in the country. (October 2011) more
Scientific Reports named Rochester 18th among "The World's Leading Science Cities." (May 2013) more
Rochester, NY is the second least stressed out city according to CNN/Money. (July 2014) 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
According to Newsweek's analysis, five local high schools were ranked among the top 500 in the US. (2015) more
Recent map from Popular Science article shows Rochester, NY is a low risk for natural disasters (August 2014) more
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) more
Rochester, NY is recognized as one of the 20 most innovative cities in America as measured by Inc. (2014) more
At $128,000, the median home sales price is 60% more affordable than the national average. Approximately 85% of area homes are affordable for our region's median income. NAHB Housing Opportunity Index (Q4 2016) more
Rochester, NY was named one of the Top 10 Best Golf Cities in America. (source: more
Rochester, NY is the "most affordable major housing market" not just in the U.S., but globally more
Rochester, NY is the 7th "Brainiest" large metro in the nation. (source: Lumosity, 2013) 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
Yahoo Travel ranks Finger Lakes Region Among Top 10 "Lakeside Vacations that Have it All" more
Talent is Essential
Our region offers the highly skilled workforce necessary to compete in a knowledge-based economy