Simply put, Rochester is a great place to live.

It has a rich history of social activism, is increasingly young and diverse, and offers a vibrant culture and some of the most affordable living in the country.

Progressive Roots

Rochester has served as the backdrop for some of the country’s greatest sociopolitical events in American history, including the abolitionist and suffragist movements. These movements brought together Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony, who both called Rochester home and are now laid to rest there. In Rochester, Douglass helped numerous enslaved people escape to freedom through the Underground Railroad in and around Rochester; founded the North Star newspaper; and was a prominent supporter of the women’s rights movement. His family continues his abolitionist work through the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, and Rochester’s airport will be named in his honor.

A Millennial City

At 210,291 residents, Rochester is the third-largest city in New York. The median age for city residents is 31, with a significant millennial population between the ages of 20-30. Just over 63% of the city’s residents are from historically underrepresented and marginalized cultural groups, making Rochester a “minority majority” city. Nearly one in five Rochester residents speaks English as a second language, the most common first language being Spanish.

Vibrant Culture

Rochester is a great place to live and play. A vibrant local arts community spans theater, music, museums and galleries, photography, dance and cinema. The city hosts dozens of festivals throughout the year and offers plentiful opportunities for foodies and sports enthusiasts, as well as a thriving nightlife. Experience outdoor activities in all four seasons.

Tight-Knit and Diverse

Despite its size, Rochester is a friendly, tight-knit community that offers supportive networks for new teachers and their families, regardless of their background. City leaders including the mayor, school superintendent, director of human services, and interim chief of police are Black women. La Marketa at the International Plaza serves as a Latin-themed community gathering space and incubator for neighborhood economic development. Residents of all backgrounds can support Black-owned business through BOB Rochester. Rochester is also renowned for its supports for the deaf community, people who identify as LGBTQIA, and international migrants. Faith-based communities are abundant.

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Affordable Living

Rochester has some of the lowest home sale prices in the country. The city has grants for first-time purchasers through its Homebuyer Purchase Assistance Program. In addition, several local employers (University of Rochester, RIT, Kodak, RCSD, and others) offer matching programs for employees through the City’s EAHI (Employer Assisted Housing Initiative) program.