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 fairlife, Creation Technologies, and Toyota Material Handling recently made multimillion-dollar investments in new operations right here in our community. They recognize that Rochester offers great opportunities.

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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 Climates among mid-sized metros. This ranking is based on growth potential, talent pipeline, quality of life, and affordability.

Source: Business Facilities, July 2022


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


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


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

In U.S. News and World Report’s 2024 evaluation of 17,650 public high schools, 9 schools in the Greater Rochester, N.Y. region are among the top 10 percent. They are Pittsford Mendon (335), Pittsford Sutherland (394), Honeoye Falls-Lima Senior (599), Brighton (769), Geneseo Middle School High School (1,151), Victor Senior (1,182), Fairport Senior (1,238), LeRoy Junior-Senior (1,576), and [Webster] Thomas (1,604)

Living and Culture

3rd Most Affordable City for Housing

Rochester, NY was named the third most affordable city for housing, according to Demographia International Housing Affordability report. Demographia International Housing Affordability uses the “median multiple” to rate middle-income housing affordability. The median multiple is a price-to-income ratio, which is the median house price divided by the gross median household income.

Source: Demographia International Housing Affordability report 2022

6th Most Affordable City to Buy a Home

Forbes ranked Rochester, NY the 6th most affordable city to buy a home. They looked at several factors to gauge affordability, including the median income of that city, average home costs and median real estate taxes.

Source: Forbes 2022

9th Best Place to Live in the U.S. for Quality of Life

According to U.S. News & World Report, Rochester is the 9th Best Place to Live in the U.S. for Quality of Life. Rochester’s people and welcoming community contributed to this ranking.

Source: U.S. News & World Report 2023

Rochester Homes 43% More Affordable than the National Average

At $212,000, the median home sales price is 43% more affordable than the national average. Approximately 68% of area homes are affordable for our region’s median income.

Source: NAHB Housing Opportunity Index (Q4 2023)

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


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

Letchworth State Park Ranks 4th Best State Park in the US

Letchworth State Park, also known as the “Grand Canyon of the East” was recently named one of the best state parks in the US according to “Time Out.”

(March 2024)

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