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Rochester, NY

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Rochester, New York, is the third biggest city in the entire state. The 2010 census gave the city a population of over 200,000 people.  Rochester is a longtime manufacturing hub, and its developments overtime has turned it into a center for business and industry in the state of New York. Rochester also has a prominent education system, with colleges such as the University of Rochester being renowned for their research programs. The Places Rated Almanac listed Rochester as the “most livable city” of nearly 400 metropolitan areas.

Key City Stats
The average age of Rochester, NY is
25 to 29
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  • Age Demographic of Renters
  • 25 to 29 years
  • 30 to 34 years
  • 35 to 39 years
  • Male
  • 9.13%
  • 7.02%
  • 6.64%
  • Female
  • 9.67%
  • 6.66%
  • 6.01%
is average rent in Rochester, NY
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  • Rent Range
  • $650 to $699
  • $700 to $749
  • $750 to $799
  • Percentage of household units
  • 7.38%
  • 7.48%
  • 9.05%
of units are available for rent in Rochester
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  • Vacancy Status
  • For Rent
  • Rented, not occupied
  • Other vacant
  • Housing Units
  • 6066
  • 1446
  • 7047
Getting Around in Rochester, NY

Rochester has a number of different transportation options available, including the maritime transport, which is a high-speed ferry between Canada and the United States on Lake Ontario. The Port of Rochester has considerable traffic, but it isn’t the primary method of transportation in Rochester. The local New York Central Railroad serves Buffalo, Rochester, and Pittsburgh, as well as making stops in Ohio. The bus system serves the city through Greyhound.

Walk Score®
"Very Walkable"
Transit Score®
"Good Transit"
The average commuter time in Rochester is:
15 to 19 minutes
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  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 4.35%
  • 8.6%
  • 1.18%


<p>There are a number of different festivals that are held in Rochester every year. Each spring and summer, the festival season begins. There are large jazz festivals held every year, including the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival which held nearly 200,000 people in 2011. The Rochester International Film Festival is the world's oldest continuous short film festival. In the Clothesline Art Festival, artists from the entire region put their artwork up for attendees to view and enjoy. The festival season is a part of Rochester's cultural environment, and residents have made the diverse cultural offerings part of their home experience.</p>

The East End

<p>Nightlife in Rochester consists of the East End district, which can be found in the downtown area of the city. The East End district has bars, expensive restaurants, coffee shops, nightclubs, and lounges. The University of Rochester is also close by, so students pack the nightlife areas and make the city livelier. Trendy lounges and art galleries cater to the college students, and college musicians and artists use the East End district as a venue for residents to view and enjoy their works.</p>

Northern NY's Business Hub

<p>Rochester is a hub for business in northern New York, and although it can't compare to New York City, it has a significant business presence. There are a number of companies that have made Rochester their corporate base, and those companies include Abbott's Frozen Custard, Bausch &amp; Lomb, Carestream Health, Eastman Kodak, Fee Brothers, Genesee Brewing Company, ESL Federal Credit Union, Hickey Freeman, Home Properties, Monro Muffler Breake, North American Breweries, Rochester Midland Corporation, and Rohrbach Brewing Company. As a result, Rochester has a strong employment base.</p>