As I mentioned in the last post, the Rochester Metropolitan Area includes five counties and many folks that live outside the city limits but within these counties consider themselves Rochesterians. Monroe County (home to the City of Rochester) has the largest population of all the counties in the area.
The University of Rochester is quite close to both the suburbs of Brighton, Henrietta and Chili. In fact, Whipple Park, one of the UR graduate housing developments, is located within the Rush-Henrietta school district. The suburbs may be right for you if you have a growing family. The public schools in these districts are ranked higher than the Rochester city school district.
There are still a lot of diverse housing options for the suburbs, from townhouses to single-family homes to rent and buy. Elmwood Manor, located off near Highland Park, is a good option for those that want to take advantage of the school districts in Brighton, but still be very close to the University. Plus its prices are comparable to University housing.
Living in the suburbs near the University is a great option for families with school-aged children. However, depending on where you choose to live, you will be slightly father from the action of the city.
If you are a country gal or boy at heart, you can live in a more rural setting in Southern Monroe County, Wayne, Livingston, and Ontario and still get to school in 30-40 minutes by car. A lot of the smaller towns located in these rural areas are full of Americana charm.
Living in Rochester can mean a lot of different things: city, suburbs or country. One of the great things about Rochester is that you can get all of these things in a 30 mile radius of the city. Each area has unique offerings and I recommend that no matter where you decide to settle, you make sure to get out on the weekends and explore your new community!