Destination: Rochester

211000
population

60 - 60 ft
altitude

33° f - 76° f
temperature

About Rochester

Smart Stats:

Number of Meetings Hotels: 88
Total Hotel Rooms: 7,000
Number of Special Events Venues: 95
Local Convention Centers: Rochester Riverside Convention Center
Local Airports: Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC)
Local CVB: Visit Rochester

Smart Snapshot:

New York’s third largest city, Rochester has been racking up accolades in a surprising number of national rankings in recent years. U.S. News & World Report recently named Rochester one of the 20 Best Places to Live in the United States for excellent quality of life. And good news for wine lovers, as Wine Enthusiast notes that New York state produces “the most exciting red wines in the United States,” specifically identifying the Finger Lakes’ Cabernet Francs and Pinot Noirs.

Also, thanks in part to such prestigious local institutions as the Eastman School of Music, a 2012 index of cities with the highest concentrations of musicians and music-related businesses put Rochester at No. 9—just behind New Orleans.

Following the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825, Rochester’s population quadrupled and it quickly became a center of flour production. Among its more famous residents were Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony and George Eastman, whose Eastman Kodak Co. is still headquartered there. Along with Kodak, companies such as Xerox and Bausch & Lomb made Rochester a center for imaging and optics. Today its economy is spread among a variety of fields, from education and health care to consumer technology and food and beverage.

The greater Rochester area, which extends from the Lake Ontario shoreline to the Finger Lakes region, includes more than 80 golf courses, 12,000 acres of park land, and 18 colleges and universities.

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