Rochester, NY, City Facts and Education Information

Rochester, New York, is the third-largest city in the state, a center for photographic and imaging technologies and an educational bonanza. The city is home to the University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology and Roberts Wesleyan College, among other schools. Read about it here.

Information about Rochester

Located in Monroe County in Western New York, Rochester spans a compact 36 square miles but has a population of 209,983, based on 2014 U.S. Census Bureau estimates. Known for being the 'World's Image Center' and America's first inland boomtown, Rochester is a bustling city with a high quality of life and a number of professional, cultural and recreational amenities normally associated with larger cities.

True to its reputation for livability, Rochester has numerous parks, malls and green spaces within city limits. The city also maintains recreation centers, baseball fields, soccer fields, outdoor basketball courts and tennis courts for resident use. The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is based in the city, and cultural institutions such as the Strasenburgh Planetarium, the Rochester Museum & Science Center and the Strong National Museum of Play add to the region's reputation as a center for arts and culture. Rochester's winters are famously cold and snowy, but the metropolitan area's Upstate New York setting also features pleasant summer weather, brilliant autumn colors and four distinct seasons.

Higher Education

Rochester boasts more than a dozen nonprofit schools and universities in its metropolitan area. These include the well-regarded Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Rochester, both of which are recognized for their optics and imaging programs. The Rochester Institute of Technology was ranked as the 7th best regional university in the North for 2016, while the University of Rochester was ranked the 33rd best national university by U.S. News & World Report in 2016 and also boasts a top-notch medical school.

Other schools in and around Rochester include Roberts Wesleyan College and Saint John Fisher College, as well as the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School and Northeastern Seminary. Students seeking a technical education might opt to attend the Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing, Monroe 2 Orleans BOCES - Center for Workforce Development or Monroe Community College.


Rochester has long been recognized as the national leader for the imaging, photography and printing industries. Top area employers, as of 2014, included the University of Rochester, Wegmans Food Markets Inc., Rochester General Health, Xerox Corp. and Unity Health System.

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