These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Rochester For 2018


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Rochester are the best of the best.

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Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Rochester, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Rochester neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Rochester are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Rochester for 2018:

  1. Park Avenue
  2. Cobbs Hill
  3. East Avenue
  4. Culver-Winton
  5. Browncroft
  6. Ellwanger-Barry
  7. Homestead Heights
  8. Corn Hill
  9. Atlantic-University
  10. Swillburg

Read on to see how we determined the places around Rochester that deserve a little bragging rights.

Or, if you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in New York check out the best places in New York overall or the worst neighborhoods in Rochester.

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Rochester for 2018?

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Rochester, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 30 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the ‘Best City Neighborhood In Rochester.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Park Avenue.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Rochester has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

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1. Park Avenue

Population: 6,568
Median Income: $52,651
Median Home Value: $196,564

2. Cobbs Hill

Population: 1,498
Median Income: $83,224
Median Home Value: $183,550

3. East Avenue

Population: 6,484
Median Income: $45,774
Median Home Value: $176,290

4. Culver-Winton

Population: 8,082
Median Income: $53,176
Median Home Value: $100,075

5. Browncroft

Population: 2,975
Median Income: $58,158
Median Home Value: $133,050

6. Ellwanger-Barry

Population: 4,121
Median Income: $46,788
Median Home Value: $132,200

7. Homestead Heights

Population: 4,048
Median Income: $47,811
Median Home Value: $77,350

8. Corn Hill

Population: 2,425
Median Income: $37,588
Median Home Value: $136,233

9. Atlantic-University

Population: 1,832
Median Income: $51,814
Median Home Value: $159,400

10. Swillburg

Population: 1,695
Median Income: $40,186
Median Home Value: $119,980

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Rochester

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Rochester where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Rochester:

  1. Dutchtown
  2. Charles House
  3. Central Business District

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Rochester

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
Park Avenue 1 6,568 $196,564 2,449 3.0%
Cobbs Hill 2 1,498 $183,550 1,843 1.9%
East Avenue 3 6,484 $176,290 2,861 3.3%
Culver-Winton 4 8,082 $100,075 4,645 5.2%
Browncroft 5 2,975 $133,050 3,177 3.5%
Ellwanger-Barry 6 4,121 $132,200 4,615 5.1%
Homestead Heights 7 4,048 $77,350 6,168 4.5%
Corn Hill 8 2,425 $136,233 5,016 5.9%
Atlantic-University 9 1,832 $159,400 4,126 5.9%
Swillburg 10 1,695 $119,980 5,063 5.9%
Beechwood 11 9,627 $63,091 7,265 12.6%
South Wedge 12 3,268 $115,520 5,438 7.6%
South Marketview Heights 13 3,532 $89,120 7,261 10.6%
19Th Ward 14 22,135 $70,217 6,421 8.2%
Northland-Lyceum 15 4,959 $79,171 6,301 5.6%
Lyell-Otis 16 8,982 $71,462 6,940 12.0%
Genesee-Jefferson 17 4,642 $49,643 7,281 12.6%
Pearl-Meigs-Monroe 18 3,015 $91,633 5,651 4.0%
Highland 19 5,445 $79,320 6,628 2.9%
Maplewood 20 16,299 $84,204 6,231 7.9%
Charlotte 21 7,035 $87,529 5,449 6.0%
North Marketview Heights 22 4,977 $35,217 7,370 12.9%
Mayor’S Heights 23 2,234 $66,600 7,203 12.2%
Strong 24 4,847 $67,450 6,631 4.6%
Plymouth-Exchange 25 3,886 $50,200 7,370 15.2%
Upper Falls 26 6,569 $43,900 7,370 11.3%
Edgerton 27 7,063 $68,745 7,370 13.6%
Central Business District 28 4,186 $52,225 6,738 5.4%
Charles House 29 2,877 $37,133 7,370 13.9%
Dutchtown 30 3,260 $41,100 7,370 9.5%

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