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Benefits of Moving to Rochester, New York

Thinking about moving to the Rochester, New York area? There may be a few things about Rochester you didn’t realize.  For dozens of reasons, Rochester is a great place to live and raise a family.

Here’s a list of ten things you might not know about the city.

  1. Rochester, NY is New York State’s third-largest metropolitan area, but the city itself is small.  With a population over one million in the metro area but a population in the city proper of just over 210,000, Rochester has a perfect mix of small-city and suburban feel without urban sprawl.
  1. Rochester is brimming with young people. With a median age under 40, the city is home to large neighborhoods of young families. One-fourth of Rochester’s population is under 20, providing plenty of opportunities for young people to socialize both in and outside of school.
  1. Rochester has a low unemployment rate. With unemployment that is historically below the national average, the city boasts a young, educated, and employed workforce.
  1. Rochester has some of the best weather in the state. You might think of snow when you imagine living in Rochester, but that’s only part of the story. Spring, Summer, and Fall are equally as majestic as Winter. Cool Summer temperatures and long days provide ample opportunities to spend plenty of time outdoors enjoying seasonal activities. Autumn in western New York is beyond beautiful, with red, gold, orange, and brown turning the city and countryside into a tapestry of colors.
  1. It’s on a Great Lake. With easy access to Lake Ontario, you’ll have plenty of opportunities for fishing, boating, water skiing, jet skiing, or swimming. Lakeshore Boulevard and Beach Avenue provide spectacular views of the Lake, and Durand Park and the nearby Durand-Eastman Park Golf Course offer open green areas for families and golf enthusiasts alike.
  1. Rochester has one of the best public school systems in the country. With a large student population and plenty of young families, Rochester is the envy of the nation when it comes to quality, free public education. With one of the nation’s only schools for the deaf, Rochester boasts the country’s highest population of the hearing-disabled. Rochester’s School for the Deaf is the country’s largest and oldest school for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. 
  2. Real Estate is affordable. According to Zillow, the median home value is just $72,800, making it one of the most affordable places in the nation to purchase your home. With a median price per square foot of only $52, Rochester is easily one of the best places in the country to make your dream of owning your own home a reality.
  1. Rochester boasts a vibrant arts and culture scene. From film festivals to museums, and from music to theater, Rochester is home to thousands of the most creative and innovative artists in the nation. For fans of orchestral music, the Rochester Symphony has world-class, affordable performances.  Check out the Arts and Entertainment section of the Rochester City Newspaper for a list of upcoming arts events in the city.
  1. O Canada!  Niagara Falls (and the Canadian border) is only 1 1/2 hours away, and Toronto lies just 3 hours further, making a weekend in one of Canada’s most dynamic and diverse cities easy and accessible.
  1. Did you say food? Rochester boasts an impressive (and growing!) list of top restaurants and is considered by many to be one of the nation’s most up-and-coming culinary destinations.

So, put Rochester on your list when you’re considering a move. You’ll be glad you did, and warmly welcomed!

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