Quality of Life

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Rochester, NY was rated the best minor league sports market in America by Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal, July 2005.

Rochester(Finger Lakes) 10 Best places to Vacation

• Rated as a Top 10 "Perfect Place," Money magazine states "Everywhere land meets water, vacation activities are plentiful." Money Magazine, 2002

Top 50 cities in America

• Richard Florida's National Best Seller book titled, "The Rise of the Creative Class: and how it's transforming work, leisure, community and every day life" ranks the Top 50 cities in America where the most creative people live. Rochester ranked 4th in innovation, and earned an overall creative ranking of 25th.

"Healthiest City for Men"

• Ranked the 3rd "Healthiest City for Men" upon the basis of health, environment, and fitness Men's Health Magazine, 2003

"Least Stressful City"

• Ranked 11th among 100 Metro Areas for "Least Stressful City". Sperling Stress Index criteria includes: unemployment rate, divorce rate, commute time, violent and property crime rates, suicide rate, alcohol consumption, self-reported "poor mental health", and number of cloudy days Sperlings's Best Places, 2004

"One of America's Best Hospitals in the Nation"

• Strong Memorial Hospital, consistently recognized in U.S. News and Reports as "One of America's Best Hospitals in the Nation," is widely known for its cardiac care. It operates the only heart transplant program in Western New York and is also nationally recognized for neurosurgery, urology, gynecology, cancer and pediatric specialties.

Rochester General Hospital is New York's 4th largest cardiac center

• Rochester General Hospital is New York's 4th largest cardiac center and is a leading provider of cancer treatment. It was one of only two hospitals in New York State named a "Solucient Top 100 Heart Hospital" in 2003.

Golf Digest ranked Rochester, NY in the top 40 "Best Golf Towns in America" and is hometown to golf legends Walter Hagen, renowned course designer Robert Trent Jones, and current PGA Tour professional Jeff Sluman.

The Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester houses one of the finest permanent collections of art in New York and has been called "the best and largest balanced collections of any museum in the state outside metropolitan New York City."

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is the only major orchestra in the U.S. supported by a mid-sized city.

Whispering Pines, designed in 1929, is the oldest, unaltered miniature golf course in N.Y. and is widely considered the first course in the country when it was named "Tall Maples Miniature Golf."

Rochester has 10 community orchestras and 20 community choral groups. By comparison with more typical cities of our size, Columbus, Ohio has 6 of each, while Oklahoma City has 1 orchestra and 2 choral groups.

One of the most widely known cultural institutions in Rochester is Garth Fagan Dance, which develops its dances here before performing them world-wide. Fagan was the choreographer for the Broadway version of The Lion King.

George Eastman House The 50-room, Colonial Revival mansion built in 1902 by the founder of Eastman Kodak on a 12.5-acre estate in Rochester, is a National Historic Landmark. Its International Museum of Photography & Film is the world's oldest photography museum and features one of the most internationally renowned motion picture archives as well as the personal film collections of such filmmakers as Spike Lee and Martin Scorsese.

In addition to standard movie houses, cinema fans are well served by:

  • The Little Theater, which has five screens featuring American independent and foreign films, is one of the most widely known "art house" movie theatres in the country.
  • The Dryden Theater, which shows several rare and popular films each week from its vast archives. Most films are preceded by a brief scholarly introduction and silent films are usually accompanied by live piano music. The Dryden is part of the world-class George Eastman House: International Museum of Photography and Film.
  • The Cinema Theatre is also one of the oldest theatres in downtown Rochester and still shows double features for just five dollars.

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