B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$76,200
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$770
National
$928
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    63%
  • Own
    37%

Rochester Rankings

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

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    485
    273
  • Murder
    16
    6
  • Rape
    71
    41
  • Robbery
    305
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    835
    525
  • Theft
    2,753
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    350
    263

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$30,960
National
$53,889
Children
20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    20%
    13%
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Rochester Reviews

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Rochester New York is a good sized city that allows you the convenience of having multiple stores and area attractions nearby to experience 'Big-City Life' without the amount of crime and squalor that normally goes along with it. Though Rochester has it's fair share of crime, I find it to be a nice change from living in the country (where I've spent most of my life) without having to move to a major city like Atlanta, or New York City.
There's always something to do on the weekends, even when you don't have any money to spend. We have a variety of different festivals going on during nearly every weekend in the summer, and in the winter, we can enjoy the beautiful holiday lights and sounds. Rochester is a city, that can't be denied. But it is a city with a small town atmosphere!
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I have lived in Rochester, NY almost all my life. It is a wonderfully diverse city with beautiful suburbs as well as wonderful urban neighbors including one with the nationally acclaimed Public Market. There are Finger Lake beaches as well as ski resorts. Once home to Kodak, General Motors, and Xerox, Rochester is now most known for its health care facilities and technology. Rochester is jokingly well known for its snowy weather but we experience all four seasons, winter just seems to go on longer than the others!
Having grown up in Rochester, I've been able to see some great changes. Despite being mid-sized, we have a lot going on. There are plenty of festivals to attend and the diversity of restaurants has been on the rise. There's always somewhere to grab a drink or try something tasty!

Of course, I have to mention the high level or academics, athletics, and job opportunities as well. We have some great hospitals that draw many healthcare workers, and some top tier universities are nearby for a great education.

Surely I'm biased, but it's a great city that has a lot to offer without being overwhelming.