Rochester is a relatively large city located in the state of New York. With a population of 211,328 people and 148 constituent neighborhoods, Rochester is the eighth largest community in New York. Rochester has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, 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 (12.08%), sales jobs (9.20%), and teaching (7.97%).
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.
Another interesting thing about Rochester, despite not being a huge city, is that there is a relatively high proportion of people living here who are young, single, and upwardly-mobile professionals. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
Many people in Rochester take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Rochester citizens for affordable transportation.
The overall education level of Rochester is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 27.12% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Rochester in 2018 was $24,916, 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 $99,664 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 30.35% 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 19.39% 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.