Moving To Rochester, NY? 11 Reasons You’ll Love It!

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Relocating to Rochester? Things You’ll Love

For anyone moving to Rochester, NY or considering the move, you’ll want to make sure you read this article first!  You can also jump in and join the conversation on Facebook with local Rochesterians!  Also be sure to check out the affordability of homes for sale in Rochester.

One thing most people don’t realize about Rochester is just how “tight knit” the community is even though Rochester is the third largest city in New York State!

Check out this awesome, and short, video below from the folks at VisitRochester that gives ‘A-Z’ reasons why Rochester NY is the place to be!

Here are 11 things you should expect to love about your move to Rochester!

Moving To Rochester, NY
Moving To Rochester, NY? Here are 11 Reasons You’ll Love It!

Reason #1 For Moving To Rochester – Community 

One thing about Rochester that is great is that it has a feel of a small town in a large city.  Rochester is a city where you it’s likely to have a conversation with someone only to find out that you know a very close friend or family member of theirs.  The saying “what a small world” is often said after having a conversation with fellow “Rochesterians.”  A “Rochesterian” is a slang term that is known throughout the community to mean a person residing in the Greater Rochester, NY community.

Living in Rochester often comes with a feeling of comfort and familiarity due to the small town feel of Rochester.  If you’re not afraid and like the opportunity to meet new people while crossing paths of people you’ve previously met, the community of Rochester will be a great place to call home.

The residents of Rochester are very loyal people and have a strong sense of community pride.  There is currently a big push to revitalize the heart of downtown Rochester, NY and it shows throughout the city.

Reason #2 For Moving To Rochester – The People You Will Meet

Rochester, NY - The Flower City
Rochester, NY – The Flower City

Part of what makes the Rochester community such a great place to call home are the people.  Living in Rochester, you will encounter some of the most welcoming people in the world.  The reason the people in Rochester are some of the warmest and most welcoming people in the country is due to the abundance of jobs available in Rochester, the amount of things to do in the community, and the affordability of Rochester which is unlike most cities.

If you’re moving to Rochester, you’re sure to see how warm and inviting the people are.  The majority of people in Rochester will welcome you with open arms and be happy to help you get acquainted with the great City of Rochester.

Reason #3 For Moving To Rochester – The Local Job Market Provides Lots Of Opportunities

If you’re moving to Rochester you should have a fairly easy time finding a job in comparison to other cities across the country.  Recently, Forbes ranked the City of Rochester, NY as the #1 city to find a job in the summer of 2015!

With a 35% net employment outlook, the City of Rochester truly has a job for everyone.  The median base salary to median home value in Rochester is one of the best in the country.  Solid base salaries and reasonable home values makes the majority of Rochester residents happy in their respective work place.

There are several large employers in Rochester.  As of 2014, the largest employers in Rochester included the University of Rochester/Strong Health, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., and the Rochester General Health System which employ over 44,000 people.

Now that you know Rochester, NY is the #1 city to find a job according to Forbes, you can see why moving to Rochester can provide great opportunities for those looking for a job.

Reason #4 For Moving To Rochester – Affordability Is Second To None

In Rochester, the homes for sale are some of the most affordable in the United States.  Whether you’re searching for a home in Downtown Rochester or in a suburb of Rochester, you’ll be sure to find homes that are priced fairly considering the great quality of life that Rochester provides.  Rochester Real Estate offers great value for those moving to Rochester.

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Whether you’re shopping for homes in Greece, Penfield, Pittsford, or Webster, you’ll have easy access to Downtown Rochester.  If you ask a “Rochesterian” how long it takes to get from one community in Rochester to another, the answer is likely to be 15-20 minutes.

Since Downtown Rochester is centrally located, it makes the commute from the above communities very quick and easy.  There are three major highways in Rochester, HWY 390, HWY 490, and HWY 590 which make getting around Rochester very easy.

Reason #5 For Moving To Rochester – The Food Is Amazing

Rochester's "Garbage Plate" was featured on Man Vs. Food!
Rochester’s “Garbage Plate” was featured on Man Vs. Food!

If you’re moving to Rochester, it’s almost a guarantee you will not go hungry!  One reason you’ll love relocating to Rochester is the abundance and variety of restaurants in Rochester.  One dish that is very popular with the local residents of Rochester is the “Garbage Plate.”  The popular television show, Man Vs. Food, featured the “Garbage Plate.”

Obviously the “Garbage Plate” is not what one would consider a 5 star dining experience, however, Rochester has plenty of restaurants that provide a 5 star dining experience.  Some of the most popular restaurants in Rochester include Avvino, Char, Dinosaur B-B-Q, and Tournedos Steakhouse.

With hundreds of different types of restaurants in Rochester, you can always find something new to try.  What makes the Rochester dining experience unique is not only the quality of the food served but also the exceptional level of service you can expect to receive.

If you’re looking for a great guide of Rochester NY area restaurants, be sure to see what the folks over at Let’s Eat Rochester have put together.  You can find a comprehensive guide to Rochester, NY restaurants here.  Be sure to also check out VisitRochester’s guide to Rochester area restaurants here.

Reason #6 For Moving To Rochester – Local Education Great

Rochester is ranked as one of the top 50 most educated cities in America by Wallethub, coming in at the 33rd most educated city.  Rochester has several universities and colleges, including several that are known nationally for specific programs.  A couple of the well known universities include the University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), which are all within a short distance of downtown Rochester, so it makes sense that the population in Rochester places a high priority on education.

As for the local high schools in Rochester, there are many resources that can be used to look up the ratings of the schools in the Rochester area.  One of the best resource is which provides detailed statistics on the local high schools, which can be found here.  Be sure to also check out this resource from Niche which ranks the best public schools in Rochester.

If you’re moving to Rochester and want to find homes for sale by school district, I’ve created a webpage to help you!  This page can help you find a great home that is located within the school district you desire.

Reason #7 For Moving To Rochester – Local Sports

Rochester Americans - Rochester NY Sports Team
Rochester Americans – Rochester NY Sports Team

Rochester is home to many professional sports teams and is a great city to live in if you’re a sports enthusiast such as the Rochester Knighthawks and the Western New York Flash.  The City of Rochester is the home of minor league teams such as the Rochester Americans, Rochester Red Wings, and others.

If you’re moving to Rochester and love the NFL or NHL, don’t fret, Rochester is only an hour to hour and a half drive from Buffalo who is home to the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres.

In addition to the minor league professional sports in Rochester, since there is an abundance of Universities and Colleges, there is never a shortage of collegiate sporting events going on in Rochester.  This includes the Division 1 hockey, RIT Tigers Hockey team who has made prior appearances in the NCAA Frozen Four Hockey Tournament!

If your perfect Saturday afternoon includes attending a ballgame or your perfect Friday evening includes watching a hockey game, relocating to Rochester is a great choice.

Reason #8 For Moving To Rochester – Local Nightlife

If you’re planning on relocating to the Rochester area and enjoy a night out on the town, Rochester is a great place to find nightlife.  One of the most popular places to find a busy nightlife in Rochester is the East End area.  There are many bars and nightclubs in a small 1/4 mile radius to provide something for everyone.  If you’re looking for more information on Rochester’s East End, be sure to check out this guide here.

Rochester, NY at Night
Rochester, NY at Night

If you’re not looking for nightclubs, don’t worry there are many other specialty bars located in Rochester.  The South Wedge area of Rochester has many popular bars including Tap and Mallet, Lux Lounge, and Solera Wine Bar.

If you’re moving to Rochester and enjoy a night out on the town, there is truly something for everyone in Rochester.

Reason #9 For Moving To Rochester – Festival Season In Incredible

Rochester is nationally recognized for several festivals that occur throughout the year.  Rochester is often referred to as the “Festival City.”  If you’re relocating to Rochester and enjoy a festival or two, be sure to check out the festival scene in Rochester.

One of the most popular festivals in Rochester is the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.  This Jazz Festival draws both nationally and internationally recognized Jazz artists yearly.  Other popular festivals in Rochester include the Lilac Festival, Park Avenue Festival, and the Corn Hill Arts Festival.

If you’re curious as to what other festivals and events occur throughout the year in Rochester, be sure to check out VisitRochester’s information here.

Reason #10 For Moving To Rochester – Weather Provides All Four Seasons

One of the greatest things about Rochester is you have the opportunity to experience all four seasons.  If you absolutely cannot stand the cold weather and snow, you may want to reconsider moving to Rochester.

The weather in Rochester, in my opinion, is great for those who have hobbies in both the warm weather and the cold weather.

If you enjoy skiing or snowboarding, Rochester’s weather will be perfect for your winter hobby.  There are several ski resorts within an hour drive of Downtown Rochester.

If you enjoy boating or fishing, Rochester certainly has no shortage of water.  Rochester’s proximity to the shores of Lake Ontario allow those who are water sport enthusiasts a great opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Rochester summers.

Reason #11 For Moving To Rochester – Fantastic Golf Courses

If you love golf, moving to Rochester is the right choice!  Rochester, NY is one of the top 10 golf cities in the America, according to  There are over 60 public courses in Rochester, NY and more than a dozen private country clubs in Rochester.  The median green fee for the public courses in Rochester is only $30.00 which makes it very affordable.

As for the private country clubs, Rochester is home to some of the most prestigious country clubs in the world.  Most notably, Rochester is home to Oak Hill Country Club, which has hosted several PGA Tour events as well will be the host of the upcoming 2023 PGA Championship.

People from all over the world travel to Rochester to play golf.  During the fall season, you can catch some spectacular views of the foliage on the rolling fairways of Rochester NY golf courses.  Golf is a great reason to relocate to Rochester, period.

Final Thoughts On Relocating To Rochester

If you’re planning a move to Rochester or are thinking about it, as you can see, Rochester is a great place to live, work, and play.  There is never a shortage of things to do or a shortage of people to meet.  If you’re moving to Rochester or thinking about it, feel free to contact me with any questions about the Greater Rochester, NY area.

If you have more questions about a move to Rochester, you can get in touch with me via e-mail at [email protected] or by calling or texting me at (585) 704-7095.  As a native Rochesterian, I can provide you with the information you’re looking for or at the very least, point you in the direction of who you need to speak with.

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Kyle Hiscock is a real estate agent and Realtor® in Rochester, New York with RE/MAX Realty Group.  Kyle has helped hundreds of people move into Rochester and around Rochester.

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About the author: The above “Moving To Rochester, NY? 11 Reasons You’ll Love It!” was written by Kyle Hiscock. Kyle has been selling real estate in the Greater Rochester NY area for over 12 years and has helped hundreds of buyers and sellers move in, move around, and move out of the area!

About Rochester’s Real Estate Blog: Rochester’s Real Estate Blog is owned and operated by Kyle Hiscock of the Hiscock Sold Team at RE/MAX Realty Group.

Since being launched in 2013, Kyle has published more than 150 quality, in-depth, and unique real estate related articles on the Rochester Real Estate Blog pertaining to topics varying from home selling to mortgages and everything in between!  In addition to quality real estate related content, there are also many quality articles pertaining to the Greater Rochester NY area.

The Rochester Real Estate Blog has been recognized by many reputable websites as one of the best real estate blogs to visit and follow!  In addition to being recognized as one of the best real estate blogs, Kyle has been recognized as one of the top Realtors on social media by several organizations and websites.

The Hiscock Sold Team has almost 50 years of combined experience, so if you’re thinking of selling or buying, we’d love to share our knowledge and expertise.

We service the following Greater Rochester NY areas: Irondequoit, Webster, Penfield, Pittsford, Fairport, Brighton, Greece, Gates, Hilton, Brockport, Mendon, Henrietta, Perinton, Churchville, Scottsville, East Rochester, Rush, Honeoye Falls, Chili, and Victor NY.

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