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Rochester, New York metropolitan area

Rochester, NY
Map of Rochester metropolitan area

Common name: Rochester metropolitan area
Largest city Rochester
Other cities  – Canandaigua
 – Geneva
Population  Ranked 51st in the U.S.
 – Total 1,054,323 (2010)[1]
 – Density 360/sq. mi. 
Area 2930 sq. mi.
7589 km2
Country  United States
State(s)  New York
 – Highest point feet ( m)
 – Lowest point feet ( m)

The Rochester, New York metropolitan area—the "Rochester, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area" (MSA) as defined by the United States Census Bureau—is an area consisting of six counties in Western New York, anchored by the city of Rochester. As of the 2010 census, the MSA had a population of 1,054,323.[1]


  • Counties 1
  • Communities 2
    • Places with more than 100,000 inhabitants 2.1
    • Places with 50,000 to 100,000 inhabitants 2.2
    • Places with 25,000 to 50,000 inhabitants 2.3
    • Places with 10,000 to 25,000 inhabitants 2.4
    • Places with 5,000 to 10,000 inhabitants 2.5
    • Places with fewer than 5,000 inhabitants 2.6
    • Unincorporated places 2.7
  • Demographics 3
  • Combined statistical area 4
  • Economy 5
    • Top regional employers 5.1
    • Major shopping centers 5.2
      • Former shopping centers 5.2.1
  • Colleges and universities 6
    • University of Rochester 6.1
    • Rochester Institute of Technology 6.2
    • Monroe Community College 6.3
    • Roberts Wesleyan College 6.4
  • See also 7
  • References 8



Places with more than 100,000 inhabitants

Places with 50,000 to 100,000 inhabitants

Places with 25,000 to 50,000 inhabitants

Places with 10,000 to 25,000 inhabitants

Places with 5,000 to 10,000 inhabitants

Places with fewer than 5,000 inhabitants

Unincorporated places


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,037,831 people, 397,303 households, and 262,131 families residing within the MSA. The racial makeup of the MSA was 83.35% White, 10.73% African American, 0.27% Native American, 1.90% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.99% from other races, and 1.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.50% of the population.

The median income for a household in the MSA was $42,733, and the median income for a family was $50,687. Males had a median income of $36,777 versus $25,999 for females. The per capita income for the MSA was $19,626.

The Rochester NY MSA is the second largest economy & the second wealthiest region in all of NYS after the NYC MSA.

Combined statistical area

Components of the Rochester–Batavia–Seneca Falls combined statistical area.
  Rochester MSA
  Batavia μSA
  Seneca Falls μSA

The Rochester–BataviaSeneca Falls combined statistical area is made up of seven counties in western New York. The combined statistical area includes one metropolitan area and two micropolitan areas. As of the 2010 Census, the CSA had a population of 1,149,653.

  • Metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs)
    • Rochester (Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Wayne and Yates counties)


Metropolitan Rochester has the second largest regional economy in all of NYS after the NYC area. (Source:U.S.Internal Revenue)

Top regional employers

As of 2014[5]
Employer Number of employees
University of Rochester 22,500
Wegmans 13,582
Rochester General Health System 8,200
Xerox 6,300
Rochester City School District 5,574
Unity Health System 5,500
Monroe County Government 4,549
Paychex 3,877
Lifetime Healthcare Cos 3,587
Rochester Institute of Technology 3,274

Major shopping centers

Former shopping centers

Colleges and universities

The Rochester area, particularly in Monroe County, has a large number of colleges and universities. In 2010, the metropolitan area was ranked the eighth-best (among "mid-sized" metros between 1 million and 2.5 million in population) in the United States by the American Institute for Economic Research.[6][7] Education is one of Rochester's primary economic areas.[8] The five-county region is home to a number of colleges and universities:

Together with Alfred State College, Alfred University, Corning Community College, Genesee Community College, Houghton College, Keuka College, and Wells College, all within 90 miles of Rochester, these institutions comprise the Rochester Area Colleges consortium.

River Campus of the University of Rochester

University of Rochester

The University of Rochester (U of R), ranked as the 33rd best university in the nation by U.S. News & World Report[9] and was deemed "one of the new Ivies."[10] The nursing school has received many awards and honors[11] and the Simon School of Business is also ranked in the top 30 in many categories.[12]

The University of Rochester's Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) is home to the highest power laser in the world, the OMEGA EP laser.[13]

The university is also home to the Eastman School of Music, which in 2004 was ranked the number one music school in America.[14]

Rochester Institute of Technology

The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) was founded in 1829 and is the tenth largest private university in the country in terms of full-time students. It is internationally known for its science, computer, engineering, and art programs, as well as for the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, a leading deaf-education institution.

RIT is among the top colleges and universities in the nation for programs in the fine arts, placing in the top 10 for many of the college's programs, including Photography (3rd), Glass art (2nd), Industrial design (8th), and others.[15] RIT's undergraduate programs have been featured as one of nation's best in the Princeton Review, and its undergraduate engineering programs have been ranked in the top 70 in the country by the U.S. News & World Report.[16]

Monroe Community College

Monroe Community College, the largest community college in Upstate New York, has had the top ranking community college athletic program two years in a row and was rated as the tenth best associates degree producing two year college by Community College Week.[17] MCC has four campuses: the Damon City Campus, the main Brighton Campus which houses the Mercer Gallery, the Applied Technologies Center, and the Public Safety Training Facility.[18]

Roberts Wesleyan College

Roberts Wesleyan was ranked the third-best value private college in the U.S. by the Princeton Review in 2007—the only school in New York State ranked in the top 10. It is also Rochester's only college affiliated with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

See also


  1. ^ a b "2010 Census Data". Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Zients, Jeffrey D. (2013-02-28). "OMB BULLETIN NO. 13-01" (PDF).  
  3. ^ "Rochester, NY MSA Population and Components of Change". U.S. Bureau of Census and Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University. 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  5. ^
  6. ^ Dougherty, Nate (September 8, 2010). "Rochester ranks as No. 8 best college town".  
  7. ^ Goodman, James (September 9, 2010). "Area ranks high for colleges".  
  8. ^ Gardner, Kent; Sittig, Scott (April 2010), Economic Impact of University of Rochester and its Affiliates (Report),  
  9. ^ America's Best Colleges 2013
  10. ^ "America's 25 New Elite 'Ivies', August 21, 2008". Newsweek. August 30, 2007. Archived from the original on May 14, 2007. Retrieved August 30, 2007. 
  11. ^ Rankings, Achievements & Honors – School of Nursing
  12. ^ Rankings : Simon Graduate School of Business
  13. ^ OMEGA EP Laser System Complete and Ready for Operation University of Rochester's Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE)
  14. ^ University of Rochester Rises in U.S. News Rankings University of Rochester Press Releases
  15. ^ "US News rankings". 
  16. ^ "RIT rankings 2008". 
  17. ^ SUNY's Impact on New York's Congressional District 29
  18. ^ MCC College Directory
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