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America’s Most Affordable Cities: Rochester Ranks #4!!!

November 1, 2010 by
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Here is a great article that I found recently on Forbes.com about our very own Rochester, NY! (As of 6/13/11, that article has been taken down by Forbes, but please read on… you’ll get the gist.)

This blog posting ties in with a previous posting from Kristin on “The Rent is Too Damn High Party” (Ha! I love it!) and the fact that we, here in Rochester, have some of the most affordable rents and the cost of living is considerably cheaper than many of the cities throughout the country.

Did you just hear that? Someone’s stomach just growled (inside joke from the video clip of “The Rent is Too…”)–but it wasn’t here in Rochester.

From what the Forbes article says about the few northeastern city winners as  “… emerging from long slumps after being deserted by their manufacturing economies…”, while now providing “…the combination of a newly diversified economy and a history of sustained low costs makes them affordable.”

Post-Industrial Rochester

While we do have a lot of work to do in our community to build Rochester back up from the heydays of the mid-twentieth century, I think the article provides a great base for building upon as we move forward out of the recession.

The time is now to act upon to change Rochester for the better! We must continue to diversify our local economy in order to prevent another “All your eggs in one basket” meltdown with Kodak; we must fully take advantage of our local resources of low costs, a vibrant, educated workforce, and high quality living to attract the best businesses, changemakers, and policies; and we must not succumb to any negativity about how Rochester is “too this, or too that, or not enough of this…”

—because for that matter, if you don’t like the Rochester area, you can always move to a city where Karate Experts will campaign on your behalf where “The Rent is TOO Damn High!”.

If you haven’t checked out our local rent stock lately, go to www.Newdigs.com to find the latest and greatest of affordability in our Rochester area. I am sure you will agree that, in this context, we’re in a much better position than our downstate neighbors.

Jason Schwingle’s passions include travel, art and design, and our City of Rochester. He works for Jetblue Airways and is a Sr. Community Coordinator for Newdigs.com, a local tech start-up here in our very own Rochester, NY. Please comment on the postings or feel free to contact him at Jason@Newdigs.com.


  • Monex says:

    Shes now interviewing at companies shes never dreamed of working for.I like challenges she said outside Rochester Works on Goodman Street. So its about learning something new every day.Rochester Works is sending job seekers a stern message You must be willing to try something new. With thousands of people on schedule to lose unemployment benefits in Rochester this spring training for a new career is becoming more appealing.It helps me step outside the box a little bit Johnson said.

    February 21, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

  • Rochester is #1 in America for Easy Commuting « Newdigs Blog says:

    [...] housing market in the country.  Newdigs blog contributor, Jason Schwingle, wrote about this in a November 1 blog post.  All this positive attention is a welcome change for a town that spent the last three decades [...]

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