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RECOGNITION. Rochester is recognized for its business environment and exceptional quality of life.

The Greater Rochester, NY Region is a history-rich Erie Canal boomtown that today ranks among the top knowledge-based economic regions in the world. We’re proud of the various honors Rochester has received for our business environment and exceptional quality of life.


Brookings Institution Ranks Rochester among best metro economies
Brookings Institution ranks Rochester the 46th best metro economy in the world and 3rd best in the U.S., trailing only Houston and Dallas and outperforming areas such as New York City, Boston and Washington. This ranking is based on 2010-2011 growth rates for employment, income and output of goods and services. (Jan 2012)

Rochester Poised for Greatness in 2012 names Rochester, NY one of “10 Cities Poised for Greatness in 2012″ due to our community’s diversified economy, relatively low unemployment ,and stable real estate market. (Jan 2012)

Area Ranked First in Job Growth by Business Facilities Magazine
Greater Rochester ranked first in job growth by Business Facilities Magazine, a leading trade publication targeted at site selectors. The list measures job growth in mid-sized metropolitan statistical areas. (July 2011)

One of the Top 5 Exporting Regions per Capita
Greater Rochester is one of the top five exporting regions per capita in the country and accounts for nearly seven percent of all New York State exports. (source: International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, and Brookings Institution)

Genesee County Ranked Fourth Best Food Processing Region
Genesee County was ranked fourth best food processing region in the country, based on metropolitan food processing industry growth. (Business Facilities Magazine, August 2012)

Rochester Ranked Among Smartest Cities in America
The Daily Beast ranked Rochester one of the top 10 smartest cities in America. This ranking is based on the education attainment levels of our workforce as well as our intellectual environment. It emphasizes that a highly-skilled and educated workforce is a key to long term economic success. (October 2010)

Businessweek Names Rochester in Top 20 Best Places to Start Over
The diversity of our economy as well as the strength of our colleges and universities are some of the reasons Businessweek selected Rochester as one of the Top 20 Best Places to Start Over in 2010. (Nov 2010)

Top 5 for patents per capita
Based on Forbes’ analysis of the most innovative cities in the US, Rochester is ranked 5th for patents per capita.(2010)

Business Facilities Gives Rochester, NY High Ranking
Business Facilities chose Rochester as one of the top places in the country to do business because of our alternative energy leadership and top-ranked Intellectual Density Quotient (IDQ). IDQ measures a region’s potential for productivity and sustainable economic prosperity. (June 2010)

Rochester Named One of the Strongest Job Markets in US
Bloomberg Businessweek recognized Rochester as the 15th strongest job market in the country. (June 2010)

Abundance of Fresh Water
7% of the world’s fresh water supply is right here in the Greater Rochester, NY Region. This plentiful and inexpensive supply of water makes the Rochester Region an attractive business location.


Rochester Named One of the Most Innovation-Intensive Metro Areas
The New Republic reports Rochester, NY is one of the most innovation-intensive metro areas in the country, along with Boston, Minneapolis, San Diego, and San Jose. This ranking is based on per capita patent applications. (source: Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, March 2012)

Rochester one of 35 Innovation Hubs in the Country
Atlantic magazine lists Rochester as one of the 35 innovation hubs in the country based on the number of new start-up companies, accepted patents, and number of entrepreneurs per million people. We are one of only six cities in the U.S. to have multiple research centers, including University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology. (October 2011)

One of America’s Most Innovative Cities
Forbes recently ranked Rochester, NY one of America’s most innovative cities. (June 2010)


11 Rochester Area High Schools Rank Among Top 3% in US
Newsweek and The Daily Beast annually highlight the top 1,000 public high schools in the U.S. and 11 Greater Rochester high schools consistently make the list. (source: Newsweek and The Daily Beast, May 2012)

One of the Best College Towns in the Nation
Rochester is the 8th best midsize metro college town in the nation. (American Institute for Economic Research, 2010-2011 College Destination Index)

The Scientist magazine gives University of Rochester top marks
The Scientist magazine has named the University of Rochester the 22nd best place in the world for scientists to work in the life sciences. Rochester received high marks in the categories of job satisfaction, and management and policies. (The Scientist, August 2012)

U.S. News & World Report Ranks 6 Rochester Schools Among the Best
Six area schools appear on U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of top regional and national universities. (September 2011)

U of R’s Simon School of Business Delivers on Investment
Bloomberg Businessweek ranks U of R’s Simon School of Business the top private U.S. business school for return on investment. (January 2011)


Kiplinger named Rochester 5th Best City for Families
Top-ranked public and private schools, a good economy, and strong employment growth are some of the reasons Kiplinger named Rochester the 5th Best City for Families. (July 2012)

One of the Safest Weather Cities in the US
The Weather Channel examined a number of weather statistics and named Rochester, NY one of the safest weather cities in the U.S. (August 2012)

Best City for Commuters
Kiplinger names Rochester the “Best City in the U.S. for Commuters.” This ranking was based on our community’s low congestion cost (a measurement of wasted time and fuel calculated by the Texas Transportation Institute) along with average length of commute, local gas prices, yearly delays per commuter, and public transit use. (March 2011)

Rochester is the #1 Most Livable Bargain Market
MSN rated Rochester, NY the #1 most livable bargain market in the US. “Rochester provides a lot of bang for your buck. It has big-city culture, a highly educated population, picturesque scenery, affordable housing and an expanding high-tech job base.” (July 2011)

Finger Lakes Wine Country is a Top Food Trend
The Today Show names the Finger Lakes Wine Country as a Top Food Trend for 2012, stating 2012 is the year wines in America outside of California will be a part of the national conversation and gain more acclaim. (Jan 2012)

Rochester is the Best Place to Buy a Home
The Rochester Region is the best place in the US to purchase a home, according to and Zillow. This top ranking is based on several factors including affordability; the unemployment rate; Rochester’s minuscule foreclosure rate; and year-over-year housing price trends. (May 2011)

Rochester is America’s 4th Most Affordable City
According to Forbes, your take-home pay will go farther in Rochester. Our community’s diversified economy and history of sustained low costs make it America’s 4th Most Affordable City. (Forbes, November 2010)

Rochester Area Ranks 3rd for Raising A Family
Forbes magazine ranked the Rochester area the third-best metropolitan region in the country for raising a family. This ranking is based on seven criteria: cost of living, prevalence of homeownership, median household income, housing costs, commute time, crime and high school graduation rates. (June 2010)


Rochester’s Health Care is Among the Best in the Country
Rochester’s health care costs are among the lowest in the country. Commercial insurance costs are 30% below the national average.

14th in the US for “near universal” health care
The Daily Beast ranks Rochester 14th in the nation in “near-universal” health care with 91 percent covered by health care policies.

“One of America’s Best Hospitals in the Nation”
Strong Memorial Hospital, consistently recognized in U.S. News and Reports as “One of America’s Best Hospitals in the Nation,” is widely known for its cardiac care. It operates the only heart transplant program in Western New York and is also nationally recognized for neurosurgery, urology, gynecology, cancer and pediatric specialties.


Finger Lakes Region Ranked First
Rochester’s Finger Lakes Region was named the top lakeside retreat in the world by the editors of Shermans Travel, outperforming contenders such as Lake Como in Italy and Lake Mead in Nevada. The 11 Finger Lakes “are interspersed by pastoral landscapes of quaint waterfront villages and scenic vistas of gushing waterfalls and rocky gorges,” the editors wrote of our region. (source: Shermans Travel, August 2009)

Rochester has best private country club in US
Oak Hill Country Club named best private club in US, based on Golf World Magazine reader survey. (source: Golf World Magazine, September 2009)

Rochester One of Top Fifty Bike-Friendly Cities
Bicycling Magazine recently named Rochester, NY one of America’s Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities. (Spring 2010)

Rochester Named One of the 10 Best Golf Cities in America
Golf Magazine and the National Golf Foundation named Rochester, NY one of the 10 Best Golf Cities in America. The ranking is based on seven factors including affordability and number of quality courses as well as the weather. “You can play more gorgeous golf for less than in any other big American city.”

Strong Museum top 10 ranking
The Strong is ranked as one of the top 10 Children’s Museums in the nation by Child Magazine. It is also home to the National Toy Hall of Fame.