Rochester, New York

Home of the Garbage Plate



Sunny Days: 165
51100 Affordability
75100 Schools
55100 Diversity
64100 Safety

Upstate New York in the middle of October. You can't get more beautiful than that. -Paul Reiser

Best Part About Rochester


Stop laughing. Wegmans is the ultimate shopping experience and if you ask any local their favorite part about Rochester, they’ll agree with us. So what is it that gives Wegmans it’s allure? Maybe it’s the exclusivity, having just over 100 stores compared to Whole Foods 500. It could be the insanely nice people who work at Wegmans or the large selections of cheeses and international selections. Or it could possibly be that Wegmans brand products are also a hit, with customers saying you just can’t find quality like that with such a low price at other places. Regardless, Wegmans is a staple in Rochester and those that get it, get it. And those that don’t will get it when they get here!

Here's a note with a few pros from a local about Rochester:
-There are pristine suburbs, artsy downtown neighborhoods, and truly rotten, crime-ridden corners of the city that rival the worst of the nation.
-There are incredible schools--Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, to name a few.
-They have the best grocery store, Wegmans. It cannot be argued. (Okay, I'll hear a case for Whole Foods and Trader Joe's)

For more reviews of what living in Rochester is like from locals check out: The Buzz

Worst Part About Rochester

The weather can be a bummer

Residents of Rochester are often baffled that the Pacific Northwest gets to have all the fun of being named the dreariest place in the US. Rochester’s weather gives Seattle a run for its money, especially in the winter. If you move to Rochester, you need to like the snow or come from a place with snow because you’re going to be seeing it from Halloween to Easter, easy. With winters being overcast and freezing, the summers aren’t much better with the rainiest month being June.

A local describes the good and bad of Rochester weather:
Winter is brutal and lasts 6+ months of the year. Autumn is a stunning, yet short transition. Spring is usually buried under winter leftovers, but summer is the best I've seen. It's sticky, hot, and lasts daily until about 10 pm. It's the kind of summer that you recognize from childhood movies and cliches of summer camp.

Lifestyle of Rochester

Rochester is a city full of families and affordable living. The cost of living in the city is well below the national average, which is why a lot of families relocate to the city. Besides being known for music with its history of Jazz musicians and the Eastman School of Music, Rochester is also known for what they lovingly refer to as the “Garbage Plate.” Don’t click away! We know, it sounds…interesting. But the iconic dish is a late-night staple and the perfect thing after a night out in the city. It’s a quickly built mountain of macaroni salad, home fries, baked beans, chopped onions, mustard, an infamous meat sauce and topped with your protein of choice. The Garbage Plate has been served up to locals for over 100 years. It’s cheap, it’s hot, and a community staple to share with friends after a fun night out. It’s a lot like Rochester: cheap, surprisingly amazing, and more than enough to keep you satisfied.

If you want to know what goes on in Rochester check out the calendar of events:

Workstyle of Rochester

Rochester is a hub for technology and education. The University of Rochester has a huge influence over the city and the high concentration of universities in the general area drives a lot of economic growth in the area. It’s home to a top research center, a renowned nursing school, and the Simon School of Business. Behind the University, there are also a number of large companies in the city including Paychex and Carestream Health. Xerox was also founded in Rochester and maintains a large presence in the city to this day.

Why You Should Move Here Now?

Warm People

Rochester may be snowy and cold in the winter, but it’s a city full of warm people and great community events. If you are looking for a great place to raise a family and aren’t afraid of the snow, this might be the place for you. There are job opportunities aplenty so it can also be a great place for young professionals. Grab a garbage plate and join us!

Neighborhoods in Rochester

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19th Ward

College Students

With the great education in the area comes great places for college kids to live and hang out on the weekends. These areas have seen some redevelopment and have a ton of retail, restaurants, and more.

  • 19th Ward


Young Professionals

There is walkability in Rochester if you know where to look. These neighborhoods have a great mix of housing, shops, and cafes. Browncroft is a good place to start your search. A national historic district, the homes are beautiful and run along tree-lined streets. The area is also filled with restaurants and pubs, and a close walk to other neighborhood commercial districts.

  • Browncroft
  • Marketview Heights
  • Park Avenue

Grove Place


There are a ton of quaint neighborhoods in Rochester that are perfect if you’re moving in from out of state and need a place to live as well as have built-in friendly neighbors and porch buddies. Grove Place is a beautiful option and is considered the "residential jewel" of the downtown area. It has big brick row houses for families but also is near the Eastman School of Music and The Cabaret Theater so you don't have to sacrifice culture in exchange for great homes.
There are also a ton of great suburban type of neighborhoods that are close to hiking, biking, and other outdoor play options.

  • Grove Place
  • Marketview Heights
  • Charlotte
  • Swillburg
  • Susan B. Anthony