Rochester metropolitan area
Rochester, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area
Skyline of Rochester in 2019
Skyline of Rochester in 2019
Rochester–Batavia–Seneca Falls, NY CSA
Coordinates: 43°08′57″N 77°31′19″W / 43.1492°N 77.5219°W / 43.1492; -77.5219
Country United States
State New York
Largest cityRochester
Other cities – Canandaigua
 – Greece
 • Total2,930 sq mi (7,600 km2)
 • Total1,090,135 Increase [1]
 • Rank52nd in the U.S. Decrease
 • Density360/sq mi (139/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (DST)
Area codes585, 315/680

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 2020 census, the MSA had a population of 1,090,135.[1] The Rochester MSA is the 3rd largest MSA in New York state.



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


Historical population
Historical Population Figures[3]

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 third largest economy and the second wealthiest region in all of NYS after New York City. Rochester, rich with patents, has more wealth than its neighboring city, Buffalo, despite population differences.

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 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.[citation needed]

Top regional employers

As of 2016[5]

Employer Number of employees
University of Rochester 27,590
Rochester Regional Health 15,753
Wegmans Food Markets Inc. 13,606
Xerox Corp. 6,396
Paychex 4,123
Rochester Institute of Technology 3,993
Lifetime Healthcare Cos (including Excellus BlueCross BlueShield) 3,569
Harris Corporation 3,450
YMCA of Greater Rochester 2,745
Tops Markets LLC 2,588

Major shopping centers

Former shopping centers

Irondequoit Mall (Located in the suburb of Irondequoit) (Closed since April 2010)

Colleges and universities

See also: Rochester Area Colleges

Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School

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 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.

River Campus of the University of Rochester

University of Rochester

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[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]

Institute Hall at the Rochester Institute of Technology is certified as a LEED Gold building.

Rochester Institute of Technology

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.[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

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.[17] 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.[18]

Roberts Wesleyan College

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.[citation needed] It is also Rochester's only college affiliated with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.[citation needed]

See also


  1. ^ a b "United States 2020 Decennial Census".
  2. ^ Zients, Jeffrey D. (July 21, 2023). "OMB BULLETIN NO. 23-01" (PDF). Washington, D.C.: Office of Management and Budget. Retrieved October 15, 2023.
  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 July 25, 2012.
  4. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 11, 2016. Retrieved August 31, 2016.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Dougherty, Nate (September 8, 2010). "Rochester ranks as No. 8 best college town". Rochester Business Journal. Rochester, New York. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. Retrieved September 8, 2010.
  7. ^ Goodman, James (September 9, 2010). "Area ranks high for colleges". Democrat and Chronicle. Rochester, New York. Gannett Company. pp. 1A, 8A. Archived from the original on September 9, 2010. Retrieved September 9, 2010.
  8. ^ Gardner, Kent; Sittig, Scott (April 2010), Economic Impact of University of Rochester and its Affiliates (PDF) (Report), Rochester, New York: Center for Governmental Research, p. i, retrieved December 22, 2011, The UR is clearly the leader in the transition of Rochester's economy that is now driven by the education and health services sectors.
  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