Growing up Rochester
Rochester once again tops a “Best Places” list, though this one is different since its looks at U.S. cities through the eyes of a child.
U.S. News and World Reports magazine, a long-time fan of Rochester, named the city as one of America’s 10 Best Places To Grow Up in a list published Thursday.
Described on the list as having “… Enough activities to tire out even the most energetic youngsters,” Rochester is ranked among other cities such as Boston, Denver, San Jose, Calif., and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
The magazine delved into its database of 2,000 communities to look for place with a low crime rate, a strong school system, lots of green spaces and plenty of opportunities for recreation and artistic outlets.
When mapping out Rochester’s child-friendly features, the magazine spoke with Brad Jones, the executive director of the Rochester Convention and Visitors Bureau.
He described the variety of activity options, like “85 miles of trails for in-line skating, 3,200 acres of public parks for touch football, and 56 different playgrounds.”
The list also included the Graham Arena hockey facilities and National Volleyball Center.
U.S. News and World Reports has often named Rochester to its many lists, starting with the Best Places to Live. It also has made the Best Places to Work and Best Places to Do Business lists.