Rochester is a great place to live, with something for everybody. The greater Rochester metropolitan area is home to more than a million people with an eclectic mix of ethnic backgrounds and religions. And it seems that no matter how far away you get, you're still just 20 minutes away from any place else.
- Located: Western New York State, on Lake Ontario in Monroe County
- City population: 210,532 (2012 Census)
- City Area: 37 square miles
- Metro area: Including Monroe County, Livingston County, Ontario County, Orleans County, and Wayne County, this region has a population of 1,079,671 (2010 Census).
- Mayor: Lovely A. Warren
- Daily newspaper: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
- Known nationally as the "Flower City" and the "Flour City"
- World headquarters of Kodak, Paychex, Wegmans, and others
- Four seasons: average temperatures of 81°F in July and 32°F in January.
- Average snowfall: 91 inches (Good thing Nazareth has underground tunnels connecting academic buildings and dorms!)
Rochester has great food, with restaurants covering all manner of ethnic and continental tastes.
The city is also home to some of its very own culinary inventions.
- The "Garbage Plate," first served at Nick Tahou Hots, combines macaroni salad, home fries, cheeseburgers or hot dogs, mustard and onions, all topped by a meaty hot sauce. Trust us, it tastes a lot better than it sounds!
- The famous "white hot" hot dog, made by the local Zweigle's company.
Arts and Culture
There's no lack of fun things to do in Rochester. Listen to some jazz at a local coffee house or watch a new movie on one of the city's IMAX screens. Rock out to a concert at the Blue Cross Arena or enjoy a peaceful walk down a lilac-lined park walkway.
- Museums: George Eastman House, Strong National Museum of Play, Rochester Museum & Science Center, Susan B. Anthony House, and Memorial Art Gallery.
- Music venues: Eastman Theatre (home of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra), Blue Cross Arena, Auditorium Theatre and Water Street Music Hall.
- Major shopping malls/areas: Eight, including Pittsford Plaza, Eastview, and Marketplace.
- Area festivals: Rochester International Jazz Festival, Corn Hill Festival, High Falls Film Festival, Image Out/Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Clothesline art festival, Park Avenue Festival, Lilac Festival at Highland Park, Rose Festival at historic Maplewood Park, Rochester Music Festival, and Rochester International Air Show.
- Parks: Beautiful woodland areas and waterfront sites in numerous locations.
- Rochesterians love their sports — both watching from the bleachers and being on the playing field themselves.
- 13 full-time recreation centers, 19 swimming programs, 3 artificial ice rinks, 66 softball/baseball fields, 47 tennis courts, 5 football fields, 7 soccer fields and 43 outdoor basketball courts
- Named the #2 Minor League Sports market in the country by Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal, 2013
- Eight professional sports teams including hockey, baseball, soccer, basketball, and lacrosse
- The Buffalo Bills run their football training camp less than a mile from Nazareth each summer
- Oak Hill Country Club (Nazareth's next-door neighbor) has hosted the Ryder Cup, the U.S. Open, multiple Wegmans LPGA Championships, and the 2013 PGA Championship
Nazareth is in Pittsford, N.Y., a cozy town and village of funky shops, tree-lined streets, and Erie Canal-side dining. From here you can bike the Erie Canal path as far east as Rome or as far west as Buffalo — but you probably wouldn't make it back in time for classes.
- The suburb is eight miles (15 minutes) southwest of the City of Rochester
- Population: 29,405
- Located on the Erie Canal
- 25 minutes from the Rochester International Airport
- 3 hours by car from the metropolitan city of Toronto in Ontario, Canada
- 5 hours' drive from New York City