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9.26.14-Rochester ranks # 2 on Forbes’ 19 Opportunity Cities: Places It May Be Easier To Make Your Mark

2. Rochester, N.Y

Population: 210,358
Median home sales price (Q1 2014): $63,900
Unemployment: 8.1%
Unemployment change July 2013-June 2014: -20.6%
Population growth 2008-2012: 10.4%
Pop. Age 25-39 (2012): 23.6%
Change in Pop. 25-39, 2010-2012: 1.8%
Violent crime (annual, per 100,000 people): 976
FORBES’ Business and Careers Rank: 48

“The creative class that’s here that typically has to make this choice between expanding on their passion or their creativity or paying their bills–they’re able to find a decent place to live, pay $400-$450 a month and focus on their passion,” says Delmonize Smith, commissioner of neighborhood and business development for the City of Rochester. A negative: Rochester’s graduation rate is last in New York state.

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