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Rochester, NY
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Rochester profile


Living in Rochester



Rochester is a relatively large city located in the state of New York. With a population of 209,352 people and 148 constituent neighborhoods, Rochester is the eighth 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.

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.17% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

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 overall education level of Rochester is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 28.79% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Rochester in 2018 was $26,569, 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 $106,276 for a family of four. However, Rochester contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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 White, followed by Black or African-American. Rochester also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 18.75% 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 French.