Resident Life Living in Rochester and Upstate New York Welcome to Rochester - Gateway to the Finger Lakes! Did you know that Rochester was ranked number one among metropolitan areas having the best quality of life in the nation and ranked as the 6th best place to live in America? In addition, we are rated the best minor league sports city in the United States. Some of our professional sports teams include the Red Wings (baseball), Amerks (hockey), Knighthawks (lacrosse), Rhinos (soccer), Razorsharks (basketball) and WNY Flash (womens soccer) with Rochester's own Olympic medalist, Abby Wambach. Rochester is a regular stop for the LPGA and nationwide golf circuits, having hosted the U.S. Open, Ryder Cup and most recently, the 95th PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club August 5-11, 2013. Rochester was nicknamed the Flour City in the early 1800's because of the huge quantities of grain that were milled for flour and then shipped out on the Erie Canal. In the mid 1800s, westward expansion moved the focus of farming to the Great Plains. Rochester's importance as the center for flour milling had declined due to this movement. Several seed companies started in Rochester and had grown to become the largest in the world. Rochester's nickname was changed from the "Flour City" to the "Flower City" in the late 1800s. Rochester is host to an array of museums, including the acclaimed Strong National Museum of Play, Seneca Park Zoo, Sea Breeze Water and Amusement Park which offer family friendly activities. We have many festivals throughout spring, summer and fall, including the Lilac Festival which kicks off the festival season in May. Other attractions/activities include the scenic Erie Canal with its trails for hiking and biking, Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes, Letchworth State Park (renowned as the Grand Canyon of the East), ski resorts and water parks, and an hour away is the Corning Museum of Glass. The local night life, both cultural and contemporary is rich and varied; from the performing arts to neighborhood street festivals and outdoor concerts. These are just some reasons why enterprises like Child Magazine, Sperling's Best Places and Places Rated Almanac and others call Rochester one of the most livable cities in the nation. There truly is a reason for every season in Rochester.