Rochester is the third largest city in New York State, located in Western NY, and flanked by both Buffalo and Syracuse on its sides by about an hour’s drive. The City of Rochester has approximately 210,000 residents and is the core of the Greater Rochester Metropolitan Area which includes a population of over 1 million people spread out over six (6) counties.
Rochester was first known as the “Young Lion of the West” given its economic prowess outside of the New York City region and being one of the very first boomtowns in the United States. It transformed itself into “The Flour City”, “The Flower City”, and “The World’s Image Center” all at various phases of its 200-year history with its competitive influence across multiple industries. The city is the birthplace of major world-shifting businesses such as Kodak, Bausch & Lomb, Xerox, and Western Union. Furthermore, Rochester has held prominent roles in shaping US socio-political history such as abolitionism and the women’s rights movement, all bravely fought by prominent locals such as Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony. Rochester is no stranger to having an impact on a global scale.
Consistently ranked as one of America’s most livable cities, Rochesterians enjoy beautifully mild summers, world-class education, cultural and healthcare facilities, and relatively low-costs of living. With its immediate proximity to fresh water lakes, beautiful parks, and lush, fertile farm land, healthy living and access to quality food rank of high importance to Rochesterians. This could help explain why Wegmans, a regional supermarket chain that was founded in Rochester in 1916, has consistently earned top-rankings for its “experience” from superfans of the supermarket chain.
If you’re looking for a city with a great blend of urban, suburban, and rural options, has a historical pedigree of “thinking outside of the societal norms box”, and offers a high quality of living, you’ve come to the right city. Rochester is quickly becoming known for its plant-based alternatives, and has been at the forefront of veganism and plant-based education and lifestyles for quite some time now. Rochester offers the Rochester Area Vegan Society (RAVS) which has been existence for over 30 years, and the Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute focusing solely on your health from an individual empowerment-long-term-preventative perspective, rather than a let’s-wait-until-you’re-sick-then-help-you attack plan. Oh, and did we mention that MetroPops was founded and based out of downtown Rochester? Of course you knew that!
Did you know that VegNews recently named Rochester as the best small city to be vegan? Check out the article: Why Rochester, New York is the Best Small City in America for Vegans.