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Rochester metropolitan area
Rochester, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area
Map of Rochester metropolitan area
Country United States
State(s) New York
Largest city Rochester
Other cities  – Canandaigua
 – Geneva
 • Total 2,930 sq mi (7,600 km2)
 • Total 1,090,135 Increase
 • Rank 52nd in the U.S. Decrease
 • Density 360/sq mi (139/km2)

The Rochester metropolitan area, denoted the Rochester, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area by the United States Census Bureau, is a metropolitan statistical area consisting of six counties in Western New York, anchored by the city of Rochester, New York. Many counties are mainly rural with various farming communities scattered throughout the metropolitan area. As of the Census 2019 estimates, the MSA had a population of 1,069,644. The Rochester MSA is the 3rd largest in New York state.



Places with more than 100,000 inhabitants

Places with 50,000 to 100,000 inhabitants

Places with 25,000 to 50,000 inhabitants

Places with 10,000 to 25,000 inhabitants

Places with 5,000 to 10,000 inhabitants

Places with fewer than 5,000 inhabitants

Unincorporated places


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 217,854
1910 263,212 20.8%
1920 352,034 33.7%
1930 423,861 20.4%
1940 438,230 3.4%
1950 487,632 11.3%
1960 800,658 64.2%
1970 961,516 20.1%
1980 971,230 1.0%
1990 1,002,410 3.2%
2000 1,037,831 3.5%
2010 1,079,671 4.0%
2020 1,090,135 1.0%
Historical Population Figures

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,037,831 people, 397,303 households, and 262,131 families residing within the MSA. The racial makeup of the MSA was 83.35% White, 10.73% African American, 0.27% Native American, 1.90% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.99% from other races, and 1.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.50% of the population.

The median income for a household in the MSA was $42,733, and the median income for a family was $50,687. Males had a median income of $36,777 versus $25,999 for females. The per capita income for the MSA was $19,626.

The Rochester NY MSA is the third largest economy & the fourth wealthiest region in all of NYS after the NYC MSA and Buffalo MSA.

Combined statistical area

Rochester, NY CSA
Components of the Rochester–Batavia–Seneca Falls combined statistical area.      Rochester MSA     Batavia μSA     Seneca Falls μSA

The Rochester–BataviaSeneca Falls combined statistical area is made up of seven counties in western New York. The combined statistical area includes one metropolitan area and two micropolitan areas. As of the 2010 Census, the CSA had a population of 1,149,653.

  • Metropolitan statistical area (MSA)
    • Rochester (Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Wayne and Yates counties)
  • Micropolitan statistical areas (μSAs)


Metropolitan Rochester has the third largest regional economy in all of NYS, after the NYC and Buffalo areas.

Top regional employers

As of 2016

Employer Number of employees
University of Rochester 27,590
Rochester Regional Health 15,753
Wegmans Food Markets Inc. 13,606
Xerox Corp. 6,396
Paychex 4,123
Rochester Institute of Technology 3,993
Lifetime Healthcare Cos (including Excellus BlueCross BlueShield) 3,569
Harris Corporation 3,450
YMCA of Greater Rochester 2,745
Tops Markets LLC 2,588

Major shopping centers

  • Rochester Public Market
  • Village Gate Square
  • The Marketplace Mall (located in the suburb of Henrietta)
  • The Mall at Greece Ridge (located in the suburb of Greece)
  • Eastview Mall (located in the town of Victor)
  • Pittsford Plaza (located in the town of Pittsford)

Former shopping centers

  • Midtown Plaza (Closed as of July 29, 2008 and demolished 2010)

Irondequiot Mall (Located in the suburb of Irondequiot) (Closed since April 2010)

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