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Rochester is a city in Monroe County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named for Col. Nathaniel Rochester, an early settler.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in New York named Rochester. For links to other places called Rochester, NY, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]

The latitude of Rochester is 43.154N. The longitude is -77.615W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 505 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 215,093.


INCOME SNAPSHOT
Median household income
Local
$27,123
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Rochester demographic reports
Rochester is on the Genesee River and Lake Ontario.
Former and merged names include:
· Rochesterville
Known first as "Flour City" and later as "Flower City."

Influential in the abolitionist movement. Frederick Douglass published his newspaper, "The North Star," here beginning in 1848.

George Eastman's early work in photography expanded from experiments in his mother's kitchen to the Eastman Kodak Co.

In the decades before the rise of Silicon Valley, Rochester was known as a high-tech city. However, its two economic engines - Kodak and Xerox - have cut local employment dramatically in recent years.

Public transportation: Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 2,034. The number of murders and homicides was 58. The violent crime rate was 9.4 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1981 movie, "Fear No Evil"
· 1988 movie, "Lady in White"
· 2006 movie, "Cherry Crush"
Well-known residents have included:
· Frederick Douglass, abolitionist
· Susan B. Anthony, suffragist
· Taye Diggs, actor
· John Lithgow, actor
· Chuck Mangione, musician
· Renee Fleming, opera star
· Robert Forster, actor
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Gloria Jean's, Panera Bread, Spin Caffe, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Lilac Festival - May 11-20, 2007
  • Corn Hill Festival - July 14-15, 2007
  • Clothesline Festival - Sept. 8-9, 2007
  • Park Ave Summer ArtFest - Aug. 4-5, 2007
  • MusicFest - July 21, 2007
  • Jazz Festival - June 8-16, 2007
  • High Falls Film Festival - Nov. 7-12, 2007
  • Oktoberfest - Sept. 21-23, 2007
  • Greek Festival - May 31-June 3, 2007
  • African-American Festival - Aug. 4, 2007
Dates often change. Check Rochester web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Garth Fagan Dance, Geva Theatre, Rochester City Ballet, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Blackfriars Theatre
Nearby parks & recreation: Durand-Eastman Park, Highland Park, Cobbs Hill Park, Genesee Valley Park, Ontario Beach Park, Seneca Park, Genesee Riverway Trail
Rochester attractions: Strasenburgh Planetarium, Browns Race historic and entertainment district, Seabreeze amusement park
Sports teams: Red Wings (minor league baseball), Raging Rhinos (USL soccer), Americans (Amerks) (AHL), Rattlers (Major League Lacrosse)
Historic routes: Erie Canal
(See more information on the Erie Canal)
Historic sites and museums: George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester Museum and Science Center, Memorial Art Gallery, Strong Museum, Susan B. Anthony House
Colleges and universities: University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, St. John Fisher, Nazareth College of Rochester, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 161
Quotes:
Rochester is for us, who don't know it at all, a city of any time or country, moonlight, filled with lovers hoving over piano-fortes?a city of handsome streets wrapt in beautiful quiet and dreaming of the golden age.
-- Their Wedding Journey
William Dean Howells, 1872

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Neighborhoods in Rochester include 19th Ward, Atlantic-University, Beechwood, Browncroft, Charlotte, Cobbs Hill, Corn Hill, Culver-Winton-Main, Dutchtown, Ellwanger-Barry ... More neighborhood info

Neighborhoods in Rochester include 19th Ward, Atlantic-University, Beechwood, Browncroft, Charlotte, Cobbs Hill, Corn Hill, Culver-Winton-Main, Dutchtown, Ellwanger-Barry ... More neighborhood info

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Rochester demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Monroe County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Rochester area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 14614 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

10% of Rochester residents report German ancestry, and 9% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Rochester ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Rochester was $15,588, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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20% of Rochester residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Rochester include Bridge Square Historic District, Brown's Race Historic District, City Hall Historic District, East Avenue Historic District, Eastman Historic District, Grove Place Historic District, Madison Square - West Main Street Historic District, Mount Hope-Highland Historic District, Saint Paul - North Water Streets Historic District, State Street Historic District (Rochester) ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Rochester, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $473.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $893.


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Libraries in Rochester include Arnett Branch, Barnard Crossing Branch, Charlotte Branch, Helen McGraw Branch, Highland Branch, Lincoln Branch, Lyell Branch, Maplewood Branch, Monroe Branch, Rochester Public Library ... View libraries

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Media outlets

Newspapers in Rochester include Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

TV stations in Rochester include WHAM, WHEC, WROC, WUHF, WXXI.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WRUR-FM., WXXI-FM., WXXI-AM.

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Monroe County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Rochester political report.

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Restaurants

Rochester restaurants taking online reservations include Black & Blue, Mario's Via Abruzzi, Roncones East, Tastings, The Mundo Grill ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Rochester workers is 19 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 41 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Rochester between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.9 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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Pros: Park/Meigs Neighborhood, Monroe Avenue, Highland Park, University at Rochester, Rochester International Jazz Festival, High Falls, beautiful parks, nice architecture...

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Other NY communities named Rochester:
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NY communities formerly known as Rochester:
  �Hague, Warren County

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“ Rochester is for us, who don't know it at all, a city of any time or country, moonlight, filled with lovers hoving over piano-fortes?a city of handsome streets wrapt in beautiful quiet and dreaming of the golden age. ”
~ Their Wedding Journey
William Dean Howells, 1872

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