Rochester, NY – Our Back-Yard Part 2 of 14

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.

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57 thoughts on “Rochester, NY – Our Back-Yard Part 2 of 14

  1. We traveled through Cincinnati on our way home from our December/January Florida travels and the temp as we were going through was -3 (this not according to Les Nesman, lol). Didn’t realize you get hit with extremes like that. Spring is coming.

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  2. Looking at life through a dog’s eyes always makes me laugh! And I share your view on how deadly dull statistics can be – and my dyscalculate brain struggles with numbers anyway. BUT, when motivated, I push through and usually find insights when I do so.

    The weather here in Cincinnati is always iffy at this time of year. Winter one day, spring the next – then it snows again! We don’t seem to get a reliable spring until almost the time we get slammed into summer – which is brutal for weeks on end.

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  3. Yes, agree on the “white space” Numbers can be so boring but they help us get a feel for a place. Some of the numbers we weren’t aware of and caused us to wince a bit, lol. We like the seasons like you and winters seem to be getting more mild. Yesterday we were out shooting waterfalls and it was 68 and sunny (great winter, lol). Emma is happy Tink is following and she’ll make sure to strike some poses, lol.

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  4. Aah thanks a lot 🙂 I’ve only been around since last september also so we must support each other and watch each other develop. It’s true I’ve met some great people, and exchanged some fabulous stories. I really do love this site 🙂 Keep in touch!

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  5. Other than my wish you had inserted more “white space” for ease of reading thru all the numbers, I loved all the stats. I’m don’t want to end up here in Cincinnati forever, so I’m always looking for my [hopefully] last move. You’ve done my research on Rochester FOR me.

    Except for the taxes (wow – almost twice the national average!), there’s LOTS to like about Rochester for anyone who doesn’t have to try to get a job there, living on fixed or virtual-biz incomes. Especially for those like me who want 4 seasons, mild summers, and winters that don’t make you feel like you’re at the North Pole.

    “Monthly average temperature for July is 71 degrees. Lowest monthly average temperature for February is 26 degrees.” Sounds about perfect.

    Plus, the countyside is gorgeous. I can’t wait ’til you get to the part where you’re showing us pictures of your adventures.

    Tink says to make SURE Emma is in some of them – and he wants to hear what she thinks of this adventure too.
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  6. CONGRATULATIONS ALEX. 100 Followers is AWESOME. We’ll be tagging along with you on your journey. We have only been at this since last September but are having a lot of fun learning from so many people and their experiences. We are learning that it is not about accumulating “likes” which are warm and nice but rather its about truly reading the post of wonderful, uplifting and inspiring fellow bloggers and building relationships with them through common likes. I guess what we are learning is people won’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

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  7. We were just having a similar conversation at work about being from New York but not from New York City. This topic came up because we are about to interview a gentleman for a job opening in our plant. The potential candidate is from New York, Rochester, New York. He must be eager to find a job to be making the jump from New York to Tennessee. Looking forward to seeing your pictures.

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  8. Thank you. It is a place like all with the good the bad and the ugly. Hopefully we can bring out the good which we find there is a lot of as we visit and re-visit places. This week we have been visiting waterfalls around the area and taking pictures for upcoming post. Its amazing the beauty right in our own back yard.

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  9. Hi, great post. Just a quick note- I hit 100 followers today, and one of those was you, so I just wanted to say a massive THANK YOU for your support..! I’m still writing my book, and trying to increase my web presence, so any and all thoughts and advice will be much appreciated. Thank you again, and hope to hear more of you in the future..! 🙂

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  10. It makes us happy to have you following along on our journey. The 3 of us are having so much fun traveling and seeing the sights, meeting wonderful people and connecting with others like you doing the same. For sure, if in Rochester, please let us know and we’ll have a cup of coffee and show you around okay.


  11. I am ready to see your highlights and pictures of Rochester. We like you are traveling the US. Maybe someday when we visit the northwest we will stop by Rochester. Next trip for us is Florida this March.

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