Welcome to the thriving City of Rochester, home to vibrant suburbs, growing towns, historic villages, and welcoming rural communities. The University of Rochester has surpassed the Kodak Company as the largest employer and was recently named among Newsweek’s Top 25 “New Ivy League” colleges. The prevalence of imaging and optical science industries has also given Rochester the title of “World Capital of Imaging.” Garnering accolades for easy commutes, excellent schools, healthy environment, job growth, and other key indicators, few places in the nation can rival Monroe County for quality of life.

Outstanding educational facilities and opportunities are available on every academic level. More than 20 public and private colleges and universities are encompassed within the Rochester Area Colleges Consortium. Some of the most notable of these institutions include the University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Roberts Wesleyan University.

Rochester area residents have access to some of the finest healthcare services, institutions, and professionals in the nation. Recognized among America’s leading health organizations, the University of Rochester Medical Center operates facilities at Strong Memorial, Highland, and FF Thompson hospitals. Strong Memorial Hospital is widely known for excellence in cardiac care along with neurosurgery, urology, cancer, and pediatric specialties.

Outdoor enjoyment, recreational opportunities, and the arts are equally well developed throughout the region. The magnificent George Eastman House houses the International Museum of Photography & Film, while the Memorial Art Gallery explores 5,000 years of world art. The five-screen Little Theater is regarded among the nation’s finest “art house” movie venues and Geva Theater is the most attended regional theater in Upstate New York. The list of unique venues, star-studded talent, museums, and art centers goes on and on. Festivals and events keep the calendar filled with reasons to celebrate, including Rochester MusicFest, Corn Hill Arts Festival, High Falls Film Festival, the Lilac Festival, and the Monroe County Fair.

Little wonder that Monroe County communities ranked among the nation’s healthiest and least stressful. Monroe County preserves 12,000 acres of parkland and Rochester offers 3,500 acres of urban parks and recreation. The Finger Lakes Region boasts 25 state parks and 132 state forests and wildlife management areas. Every imaginable sport and activity can be enjoyed against the backdrop of breathtaking natural beauty around the four seasons. With its affordable housing, attractive neighborhoods, and friendly communities, Monroe County and Greater Rochester truly deserve every recognition and “best of” designation they receive.

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