Rochester metropolitan area
|Rochester, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area|
|Other cities|| – Canandaigua|
|• Total||2,930 sq mi (7,600 km2)|
|• Total||1,090,135 |
|• Rank||52nd in the U.S.|
|• Density||360/sq mi (139/km2)|
The Rochester metropolitan area, denoted the Rochester, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area by the United States Census Bureau, is a metropolitan statistical area consisting of six counties in Western New York, anchored by the city of Rochester, New York. Many counties are mainly rural with various farming communities scattered throughout the metropolitan area. As of the Census 2019 estimates, the MSA had a population of 1,069,644. The Rochester MSA is the 3rd largest in New York state.
|Historical Population Figures|
As of the census 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 third largest economy & the fourth wealthiest region in all of NYS after the NYC MSA and Buffalo MSA.
The Rochester–Batavia–Seneca Falls combined statistical area is made up of eight counties in western New York. The combined statistical area includes one metropolitan area and two micropolitan areas. As of the 2020 Census, the CSA had a population of 1,182,337.
Metropolitan Rochester has the third largest regional economy in all of NYS, after the NYC and Buffalo areas.
As of 2016
|Employer||Number of employees|
|University of Rochester||27,590|
|Rochester Regional Health||15,753|
|Wegmans Food Markets Inc.||13,606|
|Rochester Institute of Technology||3,993|
|Lifetime Healthcare Cos (including Excellus BlueCross BlueShield)||3,569|
|YMCA of Greater Rochester||2,745|
|Tops Markets LLC||2,588|
Irondequoit Mall (Located in the suburb of Irondequoit) (Closed since April 2010)
See also: Rochester Area Colleges
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. Education is one of Rochester's primary economic areas. The six-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 and New York Chiropractic College, all within 90 miles of Rochester, these institutions comprise the Rochester Area Colleges consortium.
Main article: University of Rochester
The University of Rochester (U of R), ranked as the 29th best university in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and was deemed "one of the new Ivies." The nursing school has received many awards and honors and the Simon School of Business is also ranked in the top 30 in many categories.
The University of Rochester's Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) is home to the highest power laser in the world, the OMEGA EP laser.
The university is also home to the Eastman School of Music, which in 2004 was ranked the number one music school in America.
Main article: 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. 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.
Main article: 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. MCC has four campuses: the Downtown Campus, the main Brighton Campus which houses the Mercer Gallery, the Applied Technologies Center, and the Public Safety Training Facility.
Main article: 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.
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The UR is clearly the leader in the transition of Rochester's economy that is now driven by the education and health services sectors.