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Rochester, New York - Basic Facts

The City of Rochester is the 3rd largest city in New York with a population of 209,018 as of July 1, 2019. Rochester ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in New York. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Rochester is located at latitude 43.1548 and longitude -77.6156 in Monroe County. The formal boundaries for the City of Rochester encompass a land area of 35.77 sq. miles and a water area of 1.37 sq. miles. Monroe County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 505 feet.

The City of Rochester (GNIS ID: 979426) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Rochester: Ga-sko-sa-ga, Gaskosago, Rochesterville.

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Rochester, NY Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Rochester, NY Housing Affordability Index is 136
State of New York Housing Affordability Index is 85
The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.

WEALTH INDEX

Rochester, NY Wealth Index is 37
State of New York Wealth Index is 109
The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

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POPULATION

Total Population 209,018
Population in Households 198,805
Population in Familes 134,272
Population in Group Qrtrs 10,213
Population Density 5,844
Diversity Index1 77
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $32,945
Average Household Income $49,516
Per Capita Income $21,020
Wealth Index3 37

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 99,227 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 28,059 (28.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 59,035 (59.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 12,133 (12.2%)
Median Home Value $85,853
Housing Affordability Index2 136
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 87,094
Average Household Size 2.28
Family Households 42,525
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  2. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  3. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population -0.08% -0.16%
Households 0.01% -0.1%
Families -0.29% -0.29%
Median Household Income   2.11%
Per Capita Income   2.78%

Rochester, NY - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Rochester to the other 1,195 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New York by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 3 100th
Population Density # 107 91st
Diversity Index # 51 96th
Median Household Income # 1178 2nd
Per Capita Income # 1130 6th

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