Rochester Rankings

The Greater Rochester, NY region has been consistently ranked as one of the best places to live and work.

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What is Rochester, NY Known For?

Bikers enjoying Cornhill Landing area

When you list all the things the Greater Rochester, NY region has to offer, it may seem a bit unbelievable. But the reality is, our region really does have it all. Top-tier talent, natural resources, world-class colleges and universities, great location near major markets, and an affordable cost of living. That’s why companies like ams AG, Carestream, IEC Electronics, and Plug Power recently made multimillion-dollar investments in new operations right here in our community. They recognize that Rochester offers great opportunities.

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Business

Top Metro in US for Future Growth

Rochester is the top metro in the US for future growth and strategic investment in tech innovation.

Source: MIT Economics, 2019

Top 10 Best Business Climate

The Rochester, NY region was named to Business Facilities’ list of Top 10 Best Business Climate among mid-sized metros. This ranking is based on growth potential, talent pipeline, quality of life, and affordability.

Source: Business Facilities, August 2021


Innovation

One of the Most Innovative Cities in America

Rochester, NY is recognized as one of the 25 most innovative cities in America based on patent registration and advanced degrees.

Source: 24/7 Wall St. 2018


Technology

Top Metro in the U.S. for Patents

Rochester is ranked #1 in the U.S. for patents issued per 1,000 workers

Source: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

#1 Market for Hiring Cybersecurity Talent

Rochester, NY is the #1 market in the US for hiring opportunities for cybersecurity talent. This ranking is based on talent availability and hiring competition. Rochester’s leadership role is due in part to the well-trained talent coming out of RIT.

Source: CBRE Labor Analytics Report 2020


Education

10 Rochester Area High Schools Rank Among Top 10% in US

In U.S. News and World Report’s 2021 evaluation of nearly 18,000 public high schools, 10 schools in the Greater Rochester, N.Y. region are among the top 10 percent. They are Pittsford Mendon High School (193), Pittsford Sutherland High School (319), Honeoye Falls-Lima Senior High School (445), Brighton High School (846), Penfield Senior High School (955), Victor Senior High School (1,011), Geneseo Middle School High School (1,207), Webster Thomas High School (1,309), Fairport Senior High School (1,227), and Rush-Henrietta Senior High School (1,590).


Living and Culture

#2 Most Neighborly City in the Country

Neighbor.com named Rochester, NY the #2 Most Neighborly City in the Country. Charitable giving, volunteering, and overall community well-being were analyzed to determine where you would find the friendliest and happiest neighbors.

Source: Neighbor.com 2021

13th Best Place to Live in the U.S. for Quality of Life

According to U.S. News & World Report, Rochester is the 13th Best Place to Live in the U.S. for Quality of Life. Short commutes and high-quality education were key factors.

Source: U.S. News & World Report, 2018

Rochester Homes 50% More Affordable than the National Average

At $175,000, the median home sales price is 50% more affordable than the national average. Approximately 85% of area homes are affordable for our region’s median income.

Source: NAHB Housing Opportunity Index (Q2 2021)

Rochester, NY is the #5 Best City in the Country for Remote Workers

Rochester, NY is the #5 Best City in the Country for Remote Workers. Rich cultural amenities, beautiful parks, and exceedingly affordable. It’s the right-sized city.

Source: Ownerly 2021


Health

Rochester is the #1 Best Place in the Northeast and 7th Best City in the US to Live in after Coronavirus Pandemic

According to Business Insider, Rochester, NY is the #1 best place to live in the Northeast after the coronavirus pandemic. Population density, housing affordability, cost of living, commute times, and percentage of residents over 25 with at least a bachelor’s degree were factored into this ranking.

Source: Business Insider 2020


Recreation

Finger Lakes is One of the Best Places to Visit After the Pandemic

The Finger Lakes are one of the Top 16 Truly Interesting Places in the US that belong on your Post-Pandemic Travel List.

source: BuzzFeed 2021

Rochester Ranks 17th for Arts Vibrancy

Rochester, NY is the 17th most “arts vibrant” place in the country, according to the National Center for Arts Research annual Arts Vibrancy Index.

(July 2018)

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