Living Here

Quality of Life can be measured by a variety of factors including access to cultural amenities, recreational activities, cost of living, excellent schools, weather, and an environment in which to raise a healthy and educated family. Monroe County and the Greater Rochester Region offers an exceptional quality of life. The county incorporates both the arts, culture, sports and nightlife of a big city along with the ease and comfort of small towns and communities.

Monroe County is comprised of 19 towns, 10 villages and the City of Rochester, the third largest city in the state, with a combined population of approximately 750,000 residents and a land area of 663.21 square miles. Forbes named Rochester the 3rd Best Place to Raise a Family based on the cost of living, short commutes as well as affordable housing available in our community. Forbes also recognized Rochester as the 4th Most Affordable City due in part to our diversified economy and history of sustained low cost of living.

In addition to a beautiful, varied landscape and an abundance of cultural and recreational activities, Monroe County offers residents 21 parks totaling nearly 12,000 acres. Almost all 21 County Parks have picnic and hiking areas and most are equipped with sports facilities, shelters and lodges.

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Short Commute & Transportation

Monroe County’s roughly 800,000 residents enjoy an average commute time of 19.9 minutes*. Located within 500 miles of 1/3 of the U.S. and Canadian population, Monroe County is close to major markets like New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, and Toronto, without the major market costs of doing business.

Kiplinger named Rochester the “Best City in the U.S. for Commuters.” This ranking was based on our community’s low congestion cost (a measurement of wasted time and fuel calculated by the Texas Transportation Institute) along with average length of commute, local gas prices, yearly delays per commuter, and public transit use.

The Greater Rochester International Airport offers nearly 30,000 seats per week to 19 non-stop destinations and major hubs with connections worldwide. Flights to cities such as Boston, New York and Washington, DC are less than 1 ½ hours by air. Our airport is also ranked as one of the most affordable airports in the country. (Source: 2015 Airport Affordability Index,


*Average commute time and median housing value data is from 2015 American Community Survey 5-year estimates; Rochester Region data is from 2015 American Community Survey 1-year estimate; Workforce data is from NYS Department of Labor, August 2017; Population data is from the July 2016 U.S. Census Population Estimates