Rochester ranks #1 in quality of life

The new issue of Expansion Management magazine ranked Rochester tops in quality of life among 50 metro areas with one million or more people, according to an article in today’s Democrat and Chronicle. The study takes into consideration such factors as work force, crime rate and community infrastructure.

While their criteria for determining that Rochester is a great place to raise a family and do business differs slightly from mine, it’s nice to see Rochester receive some recognition as a great place to live.

It is ironic however that the high rating comes from a publication specializing in economic development and business site selection as more and more companies are pulling out of Western, NY. It may be but a small boost in morale given the circumstances, but we’ll take it.

I wish I could put more stock in these types of ratings reports, but I can’t. While we were living in Gainesville a similar report came out which rated that city #1 in quality of life as well. That’s right, a sprawling and decaying hick-town whose lone redeeming factor is that it’s home to the state’s largest university, and whose greatest selling point is that it’s two hours from everything was voted the best city in America and Canada.

It’s best to take it all with a grain of salt.

For some reason I have a feeling that when cities like New York, Los Angeles or Toronto receive a good score in these silly ratings it doesn’t make headlines.

Anyway, I’m glad the report reaffirms what I’ve always said about Rochester. It’s a great city with tons to do, an excellent cost of living and a great sense of community. If you can learn to disregard the Negative Nelly’s in this town it’s a fantastic place to live and raise a family.

Just ask Expansion Management magazine.

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4 thoughts on “Rochester ranks #1 in quality of life

  1. that capitalistic rag don’t know nothin’! not that i’d ever be so insane as to think providence is nothing more than a ghetto that is used as the backdrop for several farrelly bros. movies. but portland, maine is tops and we all know it 🙂 i don’t know why, but i always just kind of assumed rochester was this dirty little hovel in upstate ny. mine eyes have been opened, butrose!

  2. Visiting Providence and Portland are both on my “to do” list. I haven’t spent nearly enough time in New England. I really liked Boston – even though trying to navigate it was a mother.

    Oh, and don’t get me wrong. Downtwon Rochester certainly has its issues (crime, poverty, job loss, etc.) and there are some sections of town (ie, across the street from mine) that are among the worst in the nation. But taking the entire metro area into consideration there’s no place I’d rather be.

  3. Gainesville #1 while the Bertou’s lived there…Rochester #1 when the Bertou’s moved there…coincidence????

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