49 Facts About Rochester New York


Rochester New York has played a key part in US history as a hub for certain important social and political movements, especially abolitionism and the women's rights movement.

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Rochester New York is known for its culture, in particular its music culture; institutions such as the Eastman School of Music and the Rochester New York International Jazz Festival anchor a vibrant music industry, ranked as one of the top-10 music scenes in the US in terms of the concentration of musicians and music-related business.

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Rochester New York metro is ranked highly in terms of livability and quality of life and is often considered to be one of the best places in America for families due to low cost of living, highly ranked public schools and a low unemployment rate.

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Seneca tribe of Native Americans lived in and around Rochester New York until losing claim to most of this land in the Treaty of Big Tree in 1797.

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Rochester New York's development followed the American Revolution, and forced cession of their territory by the Iroquois after Britain's defeat.

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Rochester New York was first known as "the Young Lion of the West", and then as the "Flour City".

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Rochester New York had significant unrest in labor, race, and antiwar protests.

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Rochester New York's geography was formed by the ice sheets during the Pleistocene epoch.

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Rochester New York has 537 miles of public streets, 585 miles of water mains, 44 vehicular and eight pedestrian bridges, 11 public libraries, two police stations, and 15 firehouses.

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The high amount of snow Rochester New York receives can be accounted for by the city's proximity to Lake Ontario.

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Rochester New York has a number of neighborhoods, including the 19th Ward, 14621 Community, Beechwood, Browncroft, Cascade District, Cobbs Hill, Charlotte, Corn Hill, Dewey, Dutchtown, Edgerton, Ellwanger-Barry, German Village, Grove Place, High Falls District, Highland Park, Maplewood, Marketview Heights, Mt.

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In summer 2016 a proposed redevelopment project for the Port of Rochester New York was put on hold due to the developers failing to meet financial obligations as set by the city.

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However, Rochester New York receives vast amounts of snow, ranking among the snowiest large cities on earth and occasionally setting records for annual snowfall among large US metros.

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Summers are warm and sunny; there are occasional short periods of high heat and humidity but in general, Rochester New York is set apart from most of the continental US by comparatively cool, comfortable summers.

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In 2020, for the first time in 200 years, Rochester New York dropped to fourth most populous city in the state behind Yonkers.

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In 1997, Rochester New York was reported to have the largest per capita deaf population in the United States, likely because it is home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

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In 2012, Rochester New York had 2,061 reported violent crimes, compared to a national average rate of 553.

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That same year, Rochester New York had 827 personal-crime incidents and 11,054 property-crime incidents.

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Rochester New York is home to a number of Fortune 1000 and international businesses, including Paychex, as well as several national and regional companies, such as Carestream Health.

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The Rochester New York area is important in the field of photographic processing and imaging, as well as incubating an increasingly diverse high-technology sphere encompassing STEM fields, in part the result of private startup enterprises collaborating with major academic institutions, including the University of Rochester New York and Cornell University.

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In 2006, the University of Rochester New York became the Rochester New York area's largest employer, surpassing the Eastman Kodak Company.

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One food product Rochester New York calls its own is the "white hot", a variant of the hot dog or smoked bratwurst made by the local Zweigle's company and other companies.

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Rochester New York was home to French's Mustard, whose address was 1 Mustard Street.

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Enforcement of property code violations in Rochester New York had been handled by the Neighborhood Empowerment Team.

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Rather than using a centralized code-enforcement office, 10 sectors in Rochester New York were assigned a total of six NET offices by the city government.

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Rochester New York is under the jurisdiction of the county executive along with the rest of Monroe County.

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Rochester New York has played an important role in both regional and national politics at various points over the past 150 years.

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Dawn of the 20th century in Rochester New York saw rapid growth, driven in large part by waves of immigrants arriving from Ireland, Italy, Poland and elsewhere which had a major impact on the political landscape.

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Ethnic and economic makeup of Metro Rochester New York continues to impact the area's modern day political situation.

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Rochester New York is protected by about 500 professional firefighters in the Rochester New York Fire Department.

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City of Rochester New York is served by the Rochester New York City School District, which encompasses all public primary and secondary education.

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Rochester New York offers 14 free public charter schools with 25 locations serving students K–12.

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The University of Rochester New York is the only large research institution primarily within the city limits, although Monroe Community College and SUNY Brockport operate campuses downtown.

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University of Rochester New York is the metropolitan area's oldest and most prominent institution of higher learning, and one of the country's top research centers.

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Rochester New York contributed greatly to the University of Rochester from wealth based on the success of Eastman Kodak.

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Rochester New York was the host of the Barleywood Female University, a short-lived women's college from 1852 to 1853.

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Rochester New York is home to a number of charter schools, serving grades Kindergarten - 12.

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The Rochester New York Association of Performing Arts is a non-profit organization that provides educational theater classes to the community.

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Rochester New York's parks include Highland, Cobb's Hill, Durand Eastman, Genesee Valley, Maplewood, Edgerton, Seneca, Turning Point, and Ontario Beach; four of these were designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.

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Rochester New York is served by several local television and radio stations, with WROC-TV as the oldest television station serving the Rochester New York metro area.

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Several movies have been filmed at least in part in Rochester New York, including The Amazing Spiderman 2, The Tomorrow Man, and Wonder Boys.

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The Rochester New York Royals were a professional basketball team in Rochester New York from 1945 to 1957 with roots as an amateur team dating back to 1923.

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Rochester New York is the largest Metropolitan Statistical Area in the US which does not include at least one college or university participating at the NCAA Division I level in all sports.

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Considerable effort was spent by inhabitants of Rochester New York to build up the waterfront to embrace the idea as well as to capitalize on potential tourism which was estimated to be an additional 75,000 tourists per month.

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Rochester New York is served by the Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester New York International Airport.

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Rochester New York has intercity and transcontinental bus service via Greyhound and Trailways.

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From 1927 to 1957, Rochester New York had a light rail underground transit system called the Rochester New York Subway.

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Rochester New York has an extensive system of limited-access highways which connects all parts of the city and the Thruway.

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Rochester New York has twelve sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities International.

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