Review of Rochester, New York


If you think planet Hoth is a nice place to live.
Star Rating - 1/30/2021
Just moved out of rochester after being there 9 years. If you have a decent job lined up already and can afford to live in the east side suburbs thats your best bet. The inner city is crime laden, horrible school graduation rates. Ignorant people. Lifers that have never left the area that think there isnt anything better out there. The food is crap. Its so bad, they are only known for a “garbage plate” which is just random dinner food sloshed on a plate. Pizza, forget it. There are a few Joes Brooklyn around and thats your best bet if you want Anything that tastes close to a decent slice you would get in the ny metro area. Chinese, you will hunt and hunt for a decent place...good luck. Tom wahls burger joint is the only thing i would like to hit up on a visit back. Upscale restaurants are few and far. Id give them a B- on average. The real ass of rochester are the taxes and weather. You might think its not that bad in terms of total snow fall. But what you have to figure in is the constant lake effect snow you get that lightly covers everything most days of the deep winter. You cant even plan for it because the bands are so low they dont show up on radar! Imagine, a little snow and dangerous driving every damn day! Oh yeah, since its 20 degrees all the time, the snow never melts. Or how about the fact that you dont have a fall season or a spring? Late sept hits and in oct the leaves begin to drop. You stare at the lawn waiting to rake your leaves and beat the snow. But then, before all the leaves fall, most years, you get 6 inches of snow on your leaves and you are screwed. Late oct is winter, period.
Then in the spring you are expecting things to come to life at the end of march. But winter drags its large balls across your face until late may! You get a few good weeks before the lake humidity sets in and begins to rust all your tools in your garage if you dont soak them in wd 40.
Oh, and its a proven fact that sunshine effects your well being, your mood and overall happiness. Well there is no sun in rochester. Constant cloud cover and haze from the damn lakes. If you have depression issues, you will kill yourself if you move here. And the taxes are just as high as NY metro. So the only advantage really is that housing costs are lower. You get more for your $$. But in the end, you blow that money on car repairs from all the damn rust on the roads. Get ready to replace your brake lines, ac lines, fuel lines on the regular. Rochester is not the cultural mecca the locals may have you believe. Even if you are a snow person, its not like there is a Ski slope down the street and all the good snowmobile trails are further east in the syracuse area. Overall, i dont think rochester is un livable, but you have to mentally prepare yourself for a generally uncomfortable existence.
Dante | Fairport, NY
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100% accurate. It's still cool in the mornings into the first week or two of June and I've seen it snow the first week of October. People like to downplay it and say winter is over in April but it really does stretch well into May. Don't forget the fact that many summers it rains about 1/3 of the time and you may have some days in June/July/Aug that don't get above 65 degrees and some weeks that the average high is about 70 or 72 degrees. May 28th of 2021 had a high of 41 degrees and rain. Just saying. And then there are the taxes...lhm. Not to mention the mayor and her husband were just arrested.
Clint | Fairport, NY | Report Abuse

Very well said and I don't think I've ever read anything more accurate. I felt every sentence and the exact reasons why I can't wait to move out of Rochester New York. If you don't mind me asking, what state did you end up moving to? I'm heading to the carolinas in the next year and would love to know your input If you know anything about North or South. Thanks!
Dani | Rochester, NY | Report Abuse

This is 100% accurate. To this person’s point, I guarantee the 13 people who disagree with this review are proud locals who have never been anywhere else. Pay no attention to them, all the locals are famously drunk. That’s what happens when it’s always cloudy, you turn to addiction. Run away from this crap hole. Run hard and run fast.
John | Rochester, NY | Report Abuse

Agreed. Rochester is horrible. It’s not a great place for young adults to move back to. There are better places to live on this planet and if anyone thinks Rochester is the sh**, then you haven’t been anywhere or you’re really delusional.
Amy | Ohioville, PA | Report Abuse

Agreed. Rochester is horrible. It’s not a great place for young adults to move back to. There are better places to live on this planet and if anyone thinks Rochester is the sh**, then you haven’t been anywhere or you’re really delusional.
Amy | Ohioville, PA | Report Abuse

Thank you for your thorough review, not what I wanted to hear but it really put things into perspective. Thank you for the information and the alternatives to people wanting to live back East...
Pietro | Long Beach, CA | Report Abuse

agreed - Rochester is to be avoided. I moved back because I thought I might retire here but the whole place is falling apart, it used to be a nice city but has gone seriously downhill glad I didn't buy - I'm outta here.
lisa | Rochester, NY | Report Abuse

agreed - Rochester is to be avoided. I moved back because I was born here and thought I might retire here but the whole place is falling apart, it used to be a nice city but has gone seriously downhill glad I didn't buy - I'm outta here.
lisa | Rochester, NY | Report Abuse
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