Living in Rochester | Finger Lakes | Southern Tier

EFPR Group has offices stretching from Los Angeles to New York City. But the bulk of our people work out of our main headquarters in Rochester, New York, or our satellite offices in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier of New York State. When it comes to quality of life, these regions are gems of natural beauty, cultural diversity and exciting economic possibilities. We think you’ll like living here. Look around!

Rochester: rich in resources, attractions and people

A typical summer evening in the east end of downtown, next door to the Eastman Theater. Photo courtesy of City of Rochester, NY

The Rochester region is a great place to live and raise a family. Rochester…

  • was ranked #6 among 379 U.S. metro areas for Most Livable Cities in the 2007 edition of Places Rated Almanac.
  • has a stable, affordable housing market.
  • residents commute an average of 19.7 minutes to work.
  • is big on education. Some of our suburban public high schools are in the top 100 schools in Newsweek’s national rankings. The area is host to a number of institutions of higher learning, including SUNY Brockport, SUNY Geneseo,University of Rochester, Nazareth College, St. John Fisher College andRochester Institute of Technology.
  • is big on business. It’s the second largest economy in New York State, after New York City, and major corporations like Eastman Kodak, Xerox, and Paychex are headquartered here. It’s also home to a vast array of emerging technology companies.

The Frederick Douglass-Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge over the Genesee River celebrates two of our most noble ancestors as it frames our downtown skyline. Photo courtesy of City of Rochester, NY.


Rochester has a rich cultural tradition, with world-class museums and a host of musical and theatrical offerings.

Walkers meander from Turning Point Park to Lake Ontario along the Genesee River. Photo courtesy of City of Rochester, NY.


Interested in the outdoors? We’re blessed with numerous parks within the city and its suburbs, as well as wilderness areas nearby. And don’t forget about the beautiful Finger Lakes, dotted with hundreds of wineries, many of which are achieving international recognition.

Find information about all of our Monroe County parks. You’ll also find fishing, skiing, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, running, bicycling…if you can think of it, there’s a place to do it in Rochester.

Festivals? We love them, from the annual Corn Hill Arts Festival to Rochester Harbor and Carousel Fest to Rochester River Romance. Check them all out in the city’s community events calendar.

For recreation of a different kind, go to the place where everyone takes their out-of-town guests: Wegmans, our homegrown, internationally known grocery store. From the cheese shop to the patisserie to the sushi station, Wegmans is a wonderful world of food.


Looking for a hometown team to cheer? Pick from many in Rochester, which in 2005 was rated the best minor sports league market in America by Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal:

Plus you can root for our adopted team, the Buffalo Bills, during annual summer training camp in Rochester at St. John Fisher College.

Golf is a Rochester obsession. We have more than 95 golf courses and more golf holes per capita than any other industrial city in the northeast. Every year, the world’s best professional women golfers come to town for the Wegmans LPGA Tournament, and many other years find us hosting another major golf event.

Learn more about our livable city

Visit these sites to begin your research into Rochester.

Greater Rochester Enterprise – a host of links on living and working in Rochester

Greater Rochester Visitors’ Association — what’s fun to see and do

Democrat and Chronicle – Rochester’s daily newspaper

The City of Rochester – official site of our largest municipality

Monroe County – official site of our county government

The Finger Lakes: stunningly beautiful, small-town charming

There are 11 Finger Lakes that span the distance between Rochester and its eastern city neighbor, Syracuse. These glacier-formed lakes are exceptionally deep and long (hence, finger lakes) and create an unsurpassed natural beauty. A growing tourist destination for their wineries, local cheese and fruit, outdoor activities and charming villages with unique shops, the Finger Lakes are also increasingly considered a great place to live year-round.

EFPR Group’s main Finger Lakes office is located in Canandaigua, NY, at the northern end of Canandaigua Lake. From there we work with clients in a number of other communities, including Aurora, Auburn, Geneva, Hammondsport, Ithaca, Naples, Penn Yan, Seneca Falls and Watkins Glen. Ithaca is home to Cornell University and Ithaca College.

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The Southern Tier: big country, rolling hills

EFPR Group has offices in both Corning and Elmira, NY, in the state’s central Southern Tier. The rolling hills of the Southern Tier are rich in Native American history, agriculture, antiques and opportunities for outdoor activities. The State University of New York has colleges at Alfred and Wellsville.

Corning is home to the world-famous Corning, Inc., a Fortune 500 materials maker most famous for its glass. Elmira is perhaps best known as the birthplace of Mark Twain.

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