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.