Living in Rochester
Why over a million people call Rochester home
As the third largest metropolitan areas in New York, Rochester has consistently garnered top rankings for friendliness, family fun and memorable weekend getaways. We're a history-rich Erie Canal boomtown that today ranks among the top Knowledge Economies in the world. Rochester provides a world-class quality of life - with arts, sports and culture of a big city and the comfort of a small town.
There are activities to enjoy year round from boating on Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes, and golfing at one of our 95 golf courses, to skiing at top-notch resorts. The region also is home to some of the country's finest educational institutions, including two public high schools ranked among the 100 Best High Schools in America.
Famous sites blend with charming neighborhoods and historic canal towns to create a mosaic of areas of interest. Cruise, bike, ski, golf or hike, visit great restaurants, savor the celebrated Finger Lakes wine region and discover why Rochester is made for living...for a lifetime.
We invite you to see for yourself why people who move here don't want to leave.