Hello again and welcome back to part 2 and our travels around Rochester, NY. If you missed “Rochester, NY – Our Back Yard Part 1“ just click here and you’ll be up to speed. Please remember that if you get lost just click on the “USA Through Our Eyes” heading and you will be brought back to the home page.
Throughout our travels people, would inevitably ask “where are you from” to which we would respond Rochester, New York. What most people heard, however, is only New York. Then we would begin the geography lesson about where Rochester was in relation to The Big Apple – New York City. We certainly can understand where these people were coming from because NYC does get all the attention.
If you “Google” Rochester, NY you will get 41 plus million results. I certainly don’t want to attempt to duplicate the extensive information contained in those results but will attempt to summarize the best I can without losing to much pretext and post text.
Rochester, NY is a city on the southern shore of Lake Ontario in the eastern portion of the U.S.A. in the state of New York. It is seat of Monroe County. The city’s population is recorded at 210,358 and is the state’s third largest — after New York City and Buffalo. Rochester was one of America’s first boomtowns, and rose to prominence as the site of many flour mills along the Genesee River, and then as a major hub of manufacturing. Rochester is the site of many important inventions and innovations in consumer products and the birthplace to such corporations as Kodak, Bausch & Lomb, Gleason and Xerox.
For those Perfect Melancholy types (Florence Littauer – “Personality Plus”) which we all have as part of our make-up, here are some interesting facts about the city. Rochester has a population density 1331% higher and the median age 18% than New York City. 44.79% of the population is Caucasian, 40.87% African American, 3.48% is Asian. For every 100,000 people, there are 13.19 daily crimes that occur. It is safer than 6% of the cities in the United States. A person living here has a 1 in 21 chance of becoming a victim of any crime. Year over year crimes has decreased by 5%. Test scores are 17% lower than the national average. There are approximately 131 public schools in Rochester. 75.1% of the people completed 8th grade, 73.7% completed high school and 24.4% completed a bachelor’s degree. Income per capita is 33% lower than the national average. Median household income is 42% lower than the national average. Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings. Unemployment is 46% higher than the national average. Poverty level is 117% higher than the national average. Median home price is 56% lower than the national average. Median rent is 17% lower than the national average. Average people per household is 10% lower than the national average. Owner occupied households is 41% lower than the national average. Number of renter occupied households is 73% higher than the national average. Cost of living is 27% lower than the New York average. Cost of living is 11% lower than the national average. Cost of housing is 45% lower than the national average. General sales tax is 21% lower than the national average. State income tax is 80% higher than the national average. Monthly average temperature for July is 71 degrees. Lowest monthly average temperature for February is 26 degrees. Most monthly precipitation occurs in July with 4.6 inches. Air quality index is 27% better than the national average and the pollution index is 78% better than the national average.
Whew, there you have it, the basic facts about Rochester, NY. We’ll let you ponder these stats so you’ll have your bearings and be ready for our next post when we begin visiting some great spots throughout Rochester and the surrounding community. We think we have captured some great waterfall photographs and videos so we’ll see you in a few days.