- Rochester is located in two regions which have taken a beating, namely the Rust Belt and Upstate New York.
- It snows from time to time.
- Although on the upswing, downtown can still look like this on a Saturday afternoon.
Yet the region continues to grow. Many who move away do so with angst. Others who move away come back. Transplants nearly universally recognize Rochester as a gem. Because despite certain blemishes, Rochester can truly provide the good life.
Here is another source that recognizes the beauty of living here. Family Circle recently studied 4,500 cities and towns with populations between 10,000 and 100,000. From that, 1,400 localities having a high concentration of households with median incomes between $60,000 and $110,000 were chosen. Locations were then ranked based on affordable homes, quality schools, access to health care, low crime rate, and financial stability. In their words, the ten highest rated towns "have it all - great schools, affordable housing, and outstanding community spirit." In no particular order, and with the nearest city in parentheses, they were:
- East Grand Rapids, MI (Grand Rapids)
- Issaquah, WA (Seattle)
- Mason, OH (Cincinnati)
- Matthews, NC (Charlotte)
- Hernando, MS (Memphis, TN)
- Waukee, IA (Des Moines)
- Waunakee, WI (Madison)
- West Linn, OR (Portland)
- Weston, FL (Fort Lauderdale)
- Pittsford, NY (Rochester)