Monday, June 6, 2016


Based on geography, Rochester is generally billed as small.  A six-hour drive (or less) can land Rochesterians in massive metro areas such as New York City, Toronto, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C.  Within that same six-hour radius also lie many other metro areas that might not completely dwarf but still far exceed Rochester in size - examples include Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and Detroit.  It is a source of pride that with regards to education, music, art, wine, etc., little Rochester can hold its own with the best of them.  Yet it is also worth a periodic reminder that Rochester is actually not that small.  While Rochester rejuvenates itself, size-appropriate thinking will avoid underselling the region.  (Not that each individual project needs to be big, but the collective whole should match the region's merits.)  As previously noted, the Rochester metropolitan statistical area would be the largest in 19 states.  Here they are, in alphabetical order (I think):

  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Delaware
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

1 comment:

  1. Here is another way to look at this. If the Rochester metropolitan statistical area was a state, it would be larger than 7 other states (Montana, Delaware, South Dakota, North Dakota, Alaska, Vermont, & Wyoming) and would basically be tied with Rhode Island in terms of population.