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Rochester, New York


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Rochester, New York

Introduction to Rochester

Rochester, New York received the All-American-City award in 1998, and it’s only one of ten communities to earn this recognition. There is always something to do in Rochester, from museums to antique shopping, sports to culture, scenic cruising to bargain hunting. The city is known as both the "Flour City" and the "Flower City" and has a population of around 220,000, making it the third largest city in New York State. The city is the county seat for Monroe County. Rochester is part of a metropolitan area that includes sections of Genesee County, Livingston County, Ontario County, Orleans County, and Wayne County.

Rochester Culture

The arts are a major priority in Rochester, with the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester organizing many of the region’s events. The city has a wide variety of cultural institutions, such as the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, the Memorial Art Gallery, the Rochester Museum & Science Center, the Strong Museum, the AV Room, the Strasenburg Planetarium, and the Geva Theatre Center. The Rochester Jazz Festival is an annual event, as does the Corn Hill Festival, the High Falls Film Festival, the Image Out/Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, and the Park Avenue Merchants Festival. In Rochester, people call soda drinks "pop" and hot dogs are called "red hots."

Rochester Sports and Leisure

Rochester has a number of professional sports teams for fans and spectators. The city has the AAA international league baseball club, the Rochester Red Wings. For ice hockey fans, there’s the AHL Rochester Americans. Soccer fans can catch the USL 1st Division Rochester Raging Rhinos. The Rochester Knighthawks and the Rochester Rattlers are the two city lacrosse teams. The Rochester Razorsharks play in the American Basketball Association. Roc City Wrestling is an independent pro-wrestling league with frequent events in the region. There are many colleges in the area with sports teams, most notably the RIT men’s ice hockey team which plays at the Division I level.

Rochester Outdoors

The Rochester Department of Parks, Recreation & Human Services provides outdoor programs to the public. The city has 19 swimming programs, 3 artificial ice rinks, 66 softball/baseball fields, 47 tennis courts, 5 football fields, 7 soccer fields, and 43 outdoor basketball courts. The city has its Lilac Festival every May, helping to reiterate its reputation as the Flower City. The festival attracts 100,000 visitors from all around the world. Letchworth State Park, south of the city, offers visitors gorgeous views of canyons and waterfalls. The Finger Lakes Region has a number of lakes and summer cottages.

Rochester at Night

Rochester has a wide range of quality dining establishments around the city to please just about any resident or visitor. An example of this is Palladio Restaurant, which serves Northern Italian-style fare in casual elegance. The city also has a nice selection of lounges and bars, such as the Focus Lounge with its atrium lobby and its business casual atmosphere. Other bars include 2 Vine, Bennigan’s Grill & Tavern, J & K Café, Nathaniel’s Pub, and Mario’s Via Abruzzi.

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High Points

Rochester strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in New York):

Category Trophy
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 3% trophy Rochester Racial Diversity
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. State)
Top 11% Rochester Walking and Biking to Work
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Rochester Short Commute Times

Comparative Profile of Rochester, New York

Comparing Rochester to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in New York (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).


The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Racial Diversity 8 10
Female Share of the Population 8 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 8 10
Senior Citizens 4 2
Age of the Population 3 1
Male Share of the Population 3 5
Well-Paid Single Men 2 2

Families

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Average Household Size 3 3
Portion of People Married 1 1

Wealth

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
College Educated Adults 3 5
People in Middle Class or Better 1 1
People Above Poverty 1 1
Median Family Income 1 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Short Commute Times 9 9
Walking and Biking to Work 9 9
Public Transportation Use 8 8
Working at Home 4 4

Housing

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
People Living Alone 9 10
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 8 10
Affordability of Rents 7 6
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 8
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 2
Housing Recently Built 1 3

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Rochester Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 66 miles E of Buffalo, New York
County Monroe
Metro Area Rochester
Standard Zip Codes 14603, 14604, 14605, 14606, 14607, 14608, 14609, 14610, 14611, 14612, 14613, 14614, 14615, 14616, 14617, 14618, 14619, 14620, 14621, 14622, 14623, 14624, 14625, 14626
P.O. Box Zip Codes 14602, 14627, 14692
Company Zip Codes 14638, 14639, 14642, 14643, 14644, 14645, 14646, 14647, 14649, 14650, 14651, 14652, 14653, 14664, 14673, 14683, 14694
Phone Area Codes 585
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.154
Longitude -77.615

Rochester Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:
  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station ROCHESTER MONROE CO AP
Distance 4.3 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 31 F
Apr Temp 35 to 55 F
Jul Temp 60 to 81 F
Oct Temp 41 to 60 F
Annual Precip 33.9 inches
Station BROCKPORT
Distance 16.3 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 33 F
Apr Temp 35 to 57 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 41 to 61 F
Annual Precip 30.2 inches
Station HEMLOCK
Distance 25.7 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 31 F
Apr Temp 34 to 55 F
Jul Temp 59 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 59 F
Annual Precip 34.5 inches
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Rochester Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 219,773 100%
Male 105,083 47.8%
Female 114,690 52.2%
Under 18 61,735 28.1%
18+ 158,038 71.9%
65+ 21,977 10%
Median Age 30.8
Average Family Size 3.19
White 106,161 48.3%
African-American 84,717 38.5%
Asian 4,943 2.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 1,033 0.5%
Other 14,452 6.6%
Mixed Race 8,363 3.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 28,032 12.8%

Estimated Rochester Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 211,091
Growth -8,682
Growth % -4%

Rochester Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 50.8%
Italian 10.2%
German 8.4%
Irish 7.2%
English 4.1%
US/American 2.6%
Polish 2.3%
African 1.7%
French (except Basque) 1.3%
Jamaican 1.2%
Dutch 0.9%
Ukrainian 0.9%
Scottish 0.9%
Russian 0.6%
French Canadian 0.6%
European 0.5%
Scotch-Irish 0.4%
Yugoslavian 0.4%
British 0.3%
Turkish 0.3%
Welsh 0.3%
Swedish 0.3%
Hungarian 0.2%
Norwegian 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Ethiopian 0.2%
Haitian 0.2%
Greek 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Rochester, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Loehmanns Plaza (14618)
Panorama (14625)
Ridgemont (14626)
Westgate (14624)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Rochester 219,773 $31,257
Brighton 35,584 $70,436
East Rochester 6,650 $48,553
Greece 14,614 $54,608
Henrietta 39,028 $60,803
Irondequoit 52,354 $55,493
Pittsford 1,418 $69,297

Rochester Public Libraries

Library
Brighton Memorial Library
2300 ELMWOOD AVENUE
Rochester, New York
(585) 784-5300
Library Web Site
Chili Public Library
3333 CHILI AVENUE
Rochester, New York
(585) 889-2000
Gates Public Library
1605 BUFFALO ROAD
Rochester, New York
(585) 247-6446
Library Web Site
Greece Public Library
2 VINCE TOFANY BOULEVARD
Rochester, New York
(585) 225-8951
Henrietta Public Library
455 CALKINS ROAD
Rochester, New York
(585) 359-7093
Library Web Site
Irondequoit Public Library
45 COOPER ROAD
Rochester, New York
(585) 336-6062
Library Web Site
Rochester Public Library
115 SOUTH AVENUE
Rochester, New York
(585) 428-7300
Library Web Site

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Rochester Hospitals

MONROE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
(Government - Local)
435 EAST HENRIETTA ROAD
(585) 760-6500
Emergency Service: No

HIGHLAND HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1000 SOUTH AVENUE
(716) 473-2200
Emergency Service: Yes

ROCHESTER GENERAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1425 PORTLAND AVENUE
(716) 338-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

PARK RIDGE HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1555 LONG POND ROAD
(716) 723-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

STRONG MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
601 ELMWOOD AVE
(585) 275-2121
Emergency Service: Yes

Wal-mart in Rochester

(As of 2006)
100 Elm Ridge Center Dr
(585) 227-0720
1200 Marketplace Drive
(585) 292-6000
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Rochester High Schools (2004)


(Sorted by Number of Students)

EDISON TECH & OCCUP EDUC CTR
655 COLFAX ST
585-647-2200
A Vocational School
A Title I School.
Serves 1,887 students.

EAST HS
1801 E MAIN ST
585-288-3130
A Title I School.
Serves 1,881 students.

GATES-CHILI HS
910 WEGMAN ROAD
585-247-5050
Serves 1,687 students.

GREECE-ATHENA HS
800 LONG POND RD
585-966-4000
Serves 1,456 students.

IRONDEQUOIT HS
260 COOPER RD
585-266-7351
Serves 1,429 students.

OLYMPIA SHS
1139 MAIDEN LN
585-966-5000
Serves 1,397 students.

GREECE ARCADIA HS
120 ISLND COTTAGE RD
585-966-3000
Serves 1,357 students.

JOHN MARSHALL H S
180 RIDGEWAY AVE
585-458-2110
A Title I School.
Serves 1,334 students.

BRIGHTON HS
1150 WINTON RD S
585-242-5001
Serves 1,270 students.

JOSEPH C. WILSON MAGNET HS
501 GENESEE ST
585-328-3440
A Magnet School.
A Title I School.
Serves 1,127 students.

EASTRIDGE SHS
2350 RIDGE RD E
585-339-1458
Serves 1,084 students.

SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
45 PRINCE ST
585-242-7682
A Title I School.
Serves 1,071 students.

ODYSSEY SCHOOL
133 HOOVER DR
585-966-5500
Serves 778 students.

CAREER HIGH SCHOOL AT FRANKLIN
250 NORTON ST
585-467-3131
Serves 470 students.

INTERNATIONAL FINANCE HS AT FRANKLIN
950 NORTON ST
585-467-3131
Serves 460 students.

ALTERNATIVE EDUC CTR AT LOFTON
242 W MAIN ST
585-325-6934
A Title I School.
Serves 279 students.

SCHOOL WITHOUT WALLS
480 BROADWAY
585-546-6732
A Title I School.
Serves 236 students.

FINGER LAKES DDSO
620 WESTFALL RD
585-241-5711
A Non-traditional School
Serves 15 students.

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