The medium-size city of Rochester, New York is home to slightly more than 209,000 residents. Young professionals should fit right in, as they account for an above-average 19% of the community, while retirees account for a smaller percentage of the city. With an average age of just under 35, the city's residents skew notably younger than most cities in New York. Homeowners tend to be in the minority in Rochester, and 63% of residents are renters. With a relatively reasonable average rent of $837 per month in the city, renting remains an affordable option, particularly compared to other cities in New York. Over the course of a year, renters in Rochester will save around $5,300 compared to the state average.
There are three primary industries in Rochester: healthcare, retail, and education. Together, these industries account for 21% of the labor force in the city. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, many of the city's workers are in sales, which ranks as the top field in the city. Rochester workers bring in an average annual income of around $45,000, around $35,000 less than those elsewhere in the state. Rochester's average income also trails the national average ($73,345). Compared to the national average (5%), Rochester has a relatively large percentage of residents older than 25 who have earned an Associate's degree (7%). Furthermore, 9% have a Bachelor's degree and 5% have earned a Master's degree or Doctorate.
Averaging about 22 minutes, the commute time for Rochester residents is shorter than the New York average of about 38 minutes. Many residents (33%) drive their car to work, while public transit is used by just 4% of the city. Relatively few commuters (3%) walk to work, though the number surpasses the national average.