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JEWISH AND KOSHER ROCHESTER, NEW YORK:
Rochester is a
Monroe County, New York, south of
Lake Ontario in the
United States. The Rochester metropolitan area
is the second largest regional economy in New York
State according to the U.S. Internal Revenue
Service, after the
New York City metropolitan area.
Known as The World's Image Centre,
it was also once known as
The Flour City, and more recently as
The Flower City. It is the county seat for
Rochester's city population according to the 2010
census is approximately 210,565, making it New
York's third most populous city after
New York City and
Buffalo. The Rochester Metropolitan Statistical
Area (Greater Rochester), as of the 2010 census, had
a population of 1,054,323, which illustrates growth
from the July 1, 2009 estimate. It is at the center
of a larger
Metropolitan Area which encompasses and extends
Monroe County and includes
Orleans County and
Wayne County. This area, which is part of the
Western New York region, had a population of
1,037,831 people at the time of the
2000 Census. As of April 1, 2010, the
2010 Census indicated that this population rose
to 1,054,322 .
Rochester was ranked as the
sixth 'most livable city' among 379
U.S. metropolitan areas in the 25th edition
(2007) of the Places Rated Almanac. The
Rochester area also received the top ranking for
overall quality of life among U.S. metros with
populations of more than 1 million in a 2007 study
by Expansion Management magazine. In
the same study, Expansion Management rated
the area's public schools as sixth best nationwide.
Forbes rated Rochester as the 3rd best place
to raise a family.
Rochester is an international
center of higher education, as well as medical and
technological development. The region is known for
many acclaimed universities, and several of them
University of Rochester and the
Rochester Institute of Technology) are
nationally renowned for their research programs. In
addition, Rochester has been and continues to be the
site of many important inventions and innovations in
consumer products. The Rochester area is currently
home to corporations such as
Bausch & Lomb and
Xerox that conduct extensive research and
manufacturing in the fields of industrial and
Rochester is at
The city is east of
Buffalo, west of
Syracuse and sits on
Lake Ontario's southern shore. The
Genesee River bisects the city.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a
total area of 37.1 square miles (96 km2),
of which 35.8 square miles (93 km2) of it
is land and 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2) of
it (3.42%) is water.
The median income for a city
household was $27,123, and the median family income
was $31,257. Males had a median income of $30,521,
versus $25,139 for females. The
per capita income for the city was $15,588.
About 23.4% of families and 25.9% of the population
were below the
poverty line, including 37.5% of those under age
18 and 15.4% of those age 65 or over.
Rochester is home to a number of
international businesses, including
Fortune 1000 company
Eastman Kodak, as well as several national and
regional companies, such as
Bausch and Lomb.
Xerox was founded in Rochester in 1906 as The
and retains a significant presence in
Rochester, although its headquarters are now located
Norwalk, Connecticut. The
Gannett newspaper company and
Western Union were founded in the Rochester area
Frank Gannett and
Hiram Sibley respectively but have since moved
to other cities.
of the high prevalence of imaging and optical
science among the industry and the universities,
Rochester is known as the world capital of imaging.
The Institute of Optics of the
University of Rochester and the
Rochester Institute of Technology in nearby
Henrietta both have imaging programs.
In 2006, the University of Rochester
became the largest employer in the Rochester area,
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