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FAQs About Rochester

Why Rochester?

Rochester residents enjoy an exceptional quality of life. We have the arts, sports and culture of a big city and the comfort and easy commutes of a small town. There are activities to enjoy year round, from boating on Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes, to golfing at one of our 95 golf courses, and skiing at top-notch resorts. With 100-plus wineries in the Finger Lakes, it's no wonder we are known as the Napa Valley of the East.

How does the quality of life in Rochester measure up?

  • #1 in U.S. for Best Quality of Life - Expansion Management Magazine
  • 3rd best metro region in the U.S. for raising a family - Forbes (2010)
  • 4th most affordable city in the U.S. - Forbes (2010)
  • One of the "Top 10 U.S. Cities to Raise a Family" - Child Magazine
  • A top 10 metro area with the best education opportunities - Forbes
  • 15th Strongest Job Markets in U.S. - Bloomberg Businessweek 2010
  • 3rd best place to buy a home - Zillow.com 2011
  • Top lakeside retreat in the world - Shermans Travel
  • 14th in the nation in "near-universal" health care, 91% covered by health care policies - The Daily Beast 2011
  • Rochester a Top 20 Best Place to Start Over - Businessweek (2010)
  • Top 5 for patents per capita - Forbes (2010)
  • Best City in the U.S. for Commuters - Kiplinger
  • 3rd healthiest place for men to live - Men's Health
  • 6th best place to live in America - Places Rated Almanac
  • 7th among 225 metro areas for recreational amenities - Places Rated Almanac
  • 7th cleanest city in the U.S. - Reader's Digest
  • 10th smartest city in the U.S. - Daily Beast (2010)
  • A top 10 "best places to vacation" - Money Magazine
  • One of America's Most Innovative Cities - Forbes (2010)
  • One of the Strongest Job Markets in U.S. - Bloomberg Businessweek (2010)
  • 11th among 100 Metro Areas for "Least Stressful City" - Sperlings's Best Places
  • A top 10 Best Golf City in America
  • 12th healthiest place for women in 100 biggest metro areas - Self