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  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    C-
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A
Rochester is a city in New York with a population of 207,778. Rochester is in Monroe County. Living in Rochester offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Rochester there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Rochester and residents tend to be liberal.
About Rochester...
Population
207,778

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$82,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$831
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    64%
  • Own
    36%
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Rochester Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Rochester Neighborhood Map

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    474.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    16
    6.1
  • Rape
    49.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    208.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    616.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,537.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    316.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    13%
  • 25-34 years
    19%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    19%
    13%

Working in Rochester

Jobs
C
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$33,399
National
$55,322
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Rochester Reviews

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I lived in the city for ten years, in the Highland Park neighborhood, which has a lovely sense of community. Many families, many neighborhood events. The Park Ave neighborhood, in addition to many others, is also lovely and safe. It has lots of great stores and restaurants, and is home to many recent college graduates who live in apartments. However, there are also dangerous parts of the city with lots of economic hardship. Safe city neighborhoods can be too expensive for many people, hence the fact that dangerous neighborhoods are inhabited and, sadly, nothing much is being done to improve them or the many city schools which do not provide a good education. Almost all city schools do very badly on standardized tests and in general rankings. However, there are a few of these which, while not numerically good, seem to provide a quality education, and most city schools provide a great opportunity to be exposed to diversity.
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I've lived in Rochester for about 47 years, and knew I would return to this community after moving away for three years, from 1980-1983. My decision was based on my belief that Rochester was, and is, large enough to offer myriad experiences, and small enough to work with others to address our community challenges.

Chief among the challenges is the fact that Rochester is one of the most racially and economically segregated cities in the northeast. This has rendered us a community with multiple disparities and challenges related to race and economic status. I've served on countless local and state committees, and served on the Rochester City School District's Board of Education for eight years.

The home of Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony, Rochester has people with the big hearts, brain power, and financial ability to resolve our problems.
I remain hopeful that it can become a community that works for those that live, work, recreate, and worship here.
I have lived in Rochester my whole life. Throughout the years I have moved around within this city to many different areas and suburbs and have loved every single one! This city is small enough to live a more suburban life, but big enough to never be bored. I currently live in the Park Ave area which is filled with amazing restaurants, coffee-shops and bars. I would definitely recommend living in this great city.