Rochester, New York - Facts & Figures
Rochester, located south of Lake Ontario in upstate New York, is the state's 3rd largest city and 2nd largest economy, with many Fortune 500 companies located in the city. It has previously been called The Flour City, but is now The Flower City, because it annually hosts the Lilac Festival. Rochester was one of the county's first boomtowns because of its four major flour mills and rapidly growing manufacturing industries. Today, it is also known internationally for education and scientific research at many universities, particularly University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology. It is known as The World's Image Centre because of the imaging programs of their businesses and universities.
Rochester has been ranked as a "most livable city," #1 for quality of life in cities with more than 1 million people, and its public schools are sixth nationwide. Forbes rated Rochester as the third best place to raise a family in 2010. These accolades are attributed to Rochester's family oriented environment, great schools, low unemployment rate, and an overall low cost of living.
- Population: 210,855
- Industries: energy innovation, food and beverage manufacturing, optics and imaging, finance, engineering, architecture, retail trade; health care & social assistance
- Area Codes: 585
- ZIP Codes: 14602, 14610, 14619, 14622, 14627, 14642, 14644, 14653, 14692, 14694
- Surrounding Cities: Manhattan, NY; Irondequoit, NY; Brighton, NY; Gates-North Gates, NY; Gates, NY; Greece, NY