Rochester ranked as the 4th best city to live in in New York State by U.S. World and News Report

Rochester has been ranked as one of the top 5 best cities to live in in New York State, coming in at number four.

The top five are New York City in fifth place, Rochester in fourth, Buffalo in third, Syracuse in second, and finally first place went to Albany.

U.S. News and World Report listed Rochester as the 72nd best place to live, 63rd best place to retire, 4th best place to live in New York, and 17th best place to live for quality of life.




Using a T-score system, Rochester’s overall ratings for the following are out of 10:

  • Desirability: 5.8
  • Value: 7.1
  • Job Market: 6.5
  • Quality of Life: 7.3
  • Net Migration: 5.4

The following quick statistics were also compiled:

  • Metro population: 1,072,877
  • Median age: 40.2
  • Average commute: 21.6 minutes
  • Average rainfall: 34.27 inches
  • Median home price: $246,692
  • Annual average salary: $52,170
  • Average high temps: 57.05 degrees F
  • Median monthly rent: $902
  • Unemployment rate: 8.2%
  • Average low temps: 39.25 degrees F

The report describes outdoor festivals celebrating different cultures and fruits as a weekly, fun thing to do.




Places to go included Seabreeze amusement park, Frontier Field baseball games, Buffalo Bills training camp, and thousands of acres of parks.

Lake Ontario gives an opportunity for fun outdoor activities like boating and sailing in the summer, while ski slopes and sledding hills are around for fun winter activities.

Another positive to Rochester are the housing prices compared to the national average. An average home in the United States costs around $315,743, while the average cost of a Rochester home is around $246,692.


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