The question isn't whether you should bring your family to Rochester. The question is: "Why wouldn't you?" In so many ways, Rochester is made for families. Virtually every rating service and every major news organization that visits and evaluates this community says so. But the people who call Rochester home—who coach the youth teams, volunteer for community service, and actively support the schools—don't need the rating services. They've know it all along.
When it comes to finding an attractive, affordable home in a quality school district, you’ll have your choice. Good medical care, vibrant churches, effective law enforcement, numerous well-equipped parks and youth recreation programs, and plenty of shopping are easy to find both in the city and its surrounding suburbs. If your spouse would like to work, there are opportunities available close to home.
Rochester and Monroe County play host to an array of quality museums, including the acclaimed Strong National Museum of Play, Seneca Park Zoo, Sea Breeze Water and Amusement Park, and Genesee Country Village, all of which are great values and capture an earlier, more innocent era. Family atmosphere extends to the city's professional minor-league sports teams, all of which play in modern, accessible facilities. The number and quality of educational and recreational options in and around Rochester belie its relative size.
There are also plenty of opportunities for you and your spouse to call the babysitter and get away to enjoy a different side of Rochester. The local night life, both cultural and contemporary, is rich and varied. From the performing arts to neighborhood street festivals, from a day at the George Eastman House to a night of fireworks and fun at the High Falls entertainment district, Rochester puts its best foot forward for you.
These are some of the reasons why enterprises like Child magazine, Partners for Livable Communities, Sperling's Best Places, the Places Rated Almanac, Newsweek, and many others consistently call Rochester one of the most livable cities in the nation.