Some people on here are some major stereotypical morons. First of all, get a fucking geography book, Long Island is NOT part of Upstate. If you think that, then you are dumb as shit. You are also dumb as shit if you think that Upstate is all hicks. Do you not think there are cities in Upstate ny? less than 10% of people in Upstate NY live on farms, get a fucking clue. There are 4, count em, 4 cities in upstae ny with metro populations of over 1,000,000 people. Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Albany/Schenectady/Troy. The entire population of Upstate NY is about 6,000,000 people. Do some fucking math. If 4 cities have metro populations of over 1 million people, that means that between 4 and 5 million of the 6 million people that live in Upstate NY, live in either a city or a suburb. The vast majority of the remainder of the people in Upstate NY live in small cities, but cities nonetheless, like Ithaca, Elmira, Binghamton, and Watertown. NYC people, we in Upstate pay for your damn subway, highrises, taxicabs, and all of the other stuff with our thru the roof taxes that the Donwstate controlled government puts on us, have some damn respect!!!!
Rochester and Albany New York are the 5th and 7th most educated metro areas in America. AND ARE BOTH IN UPSTATE NEW YORK.
A city that deserves a better reputaion that it has with some people. America's first boomtown. For whatever reason, people like to hate on Rochester. Yes, they get a lot of snow durring winter. But the summers, falls, and late springs are beautiful. Has some of the nicest people you will ever meet. Lot's of history in the older nieghborhoods, Corn Hill being the most famous, with the Corn Hill arts festival. It ended today, after bringing almost 300,000 people from around the world. The Genesee river is very dirty. Overall a good place to live, rated among the top ten most liveavle areas of the united states, Greater Rochester has one of the LOWEST crimerates in the nation, it is only certain parts of the inner city, like ANY city, that there is a lot of crime. As someone else said, Greece is one of the top five safest places in the US. Why do so many people dislike Rochester? It really is a nice place if you'd just give it a chance.
I live just outside the Rochester city limits, in Greece, New York... The historic maplewood neighborhood in the City of Rochester is very nice and it is right by my house.