Rochester, NY
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Living in Rochester


Rochester is a relatively large city located in the state of New York. With a population of 206,284 people and 141 constituent neighborhoods, Rochester is the seventh largest community in New York. Much of the housing stock in Rochester was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Rochester is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Rochester is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Rochester who work in office and administrative support (12.13%), sales jobs (9.85%), and teaching (7.18%).

Also of interest is that Rochester has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One thing noticeable about Rochester, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Rochester is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Rochester a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

Rochester has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Rochester has quite a high level of public transit users. Rochester’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

The population of Rochester overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Rochester, 24.71% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Rochester in 2010 was $22,190, which is low income relative to New York, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $88,760 for a family of four. However, Rochester contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Rochester also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 32.60% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Rochester is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Rochester home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Rochester residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Rochester also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 18.32% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Rochester include German, Irish, Italian, English, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Rochester is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.