Best Neighborhoods in Rochester, New York

Rochester goes by a number of nicknames including "The Flour City", "The Flower City", and the "World Image Centre". Rochester is the 3rd largest city in New York and is the county seat in Monroe County. Located south of Lake Ontario, Rochester is home to the Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Rochester. According to the 2010 US Census, Rochester has a population of approximately 210,563 residents. In 2007, Rochester ranked 6th on the list of Most Livable Places by Places Related Almanac, and in 2010 by Forbes as the 3rd Best Place to Live.

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There are no professional sports teams in Rochester.

Crime Rate

- The crime rate is Rochester, like a number of major cities is high. However, the crime rate is much lower outside the metropolitan area.

Top Neighborhoods

Downtown Rochester is the largest economic center in Western New York. Over 50,000 people work in the downtown area with more than 4,000 units of housing located there. Downtown is a very popular place to live, and in recent history, new condominiums were developed. The housing stock is considered prime and the vacancy rate is roughly 5%. As with many downtown areas, there are great shops, stores, restaurants, cafes, bars and entertainment spots for residents and visitors to choose from. One of the most popular downtown attractions is the Strong National Museum of Play; an interactive center for the study of play. Public transportation is easily accessed in the downtown area.

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Charlotte is home to the Port of Rochester, and is located at the mouth of the Genesee River. With a history as a port for international trade, Charlotte was destined to become a major industrialized city. However, trade was interrupted by the War of 1812. But Charlotte became and is now a resort town. Charlotte's access to the water gives its residents many recreational maritime activities to be engaged in. Ontario Beach Park is a part of the Charlotte community. The park provides a host of amenities including picnic shelters, playing fields, sand beaches, carousel ride, playground and a performance pavilion.

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South Wedge is a historic Buffalo neighborhood that dates back to 1827.The community is bordered by Byron Street on the north and Highland Park on the south. South Wedge is a racially, ethnically, and economically diverse community and the business district reflects the needs of the community. A number of young professionals and families have relocated to the South Wedge area and there has been a significant increase in homeownership recently. The housing stock is South Wedge is considered varied and affordable.

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Park Avenue and the Neighborhood of the Arts is considered one of the most culturally rich neighborhoods in the city of Buffalo. ArtWalk, the George Eastman House and the Rochester Museum and Science Center are all located within this art laden neighborhood. Rochester Museum and Science Center features traveling interactive exhibits, historical galleries and Adventure Zone. The Cumming Nature Center, a 900 acre natural preserve, is a part of the museum. Park Avenue has predominantly high end real estate and housing stock. There are a number of cafes, restaurants, and trendy shops in the business district of Park Avenue and the Neighborhood of the Arts.

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Upper Monroe is a neighborhood located within very close proximity to downtown Rochester. Upper Monroe is a relatively large residential area with more than 1400 households in the community. Cobbs Hill Park is an intricate part of the Upper Monroe community and provides athletic fields, tennis courts, and a beautiful reservoir for the residents of Upper Monroe to enjoy. Also bordering this community and within walking distance is Highland Park, known for its Lilac Festival. There are a number of locally owned businesses shops, and restaurants that serve the Upper Monroe neighborhood.

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19th Ward is a neighborhood southwest of downtown and is directly across the river from the University of Rochester. Previously known as Castle Town, the 19th Ward was a booming residential area. The distinguished characteristics of the homes in the 19th Ward remain attractive features for today's market. Today, the 19th Ward is "Urban by Choice" and the residents of this culturally diverse community are committed to maintaining the integrity of the community. There is a very active and cultural diverse community association in the neighborhood. Additionally, new residential development and commercial development is taking place.

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