Rochester Ranks 5th Best Family Friendly City
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It's a city known for it's flour, festivals and now families.
"It's just a good place to raise a family," said Karen Kelly of Rochester.
The City of Rochester recently made a national list ranking fifth for best places to live for families.
"I'm proud of it and I'm pleased to see our being recognized by it and it's part of what we are trying to achieve," said Rochester Mayor Tom Richards.
According to the investment magazine Kiplinger, Rochester has achieved a decent cost of living rate and affordable housing. Although some partially disagree.
"Well taxes are ridiculous," said Marian Considine of Rochester.
Considine was born and raised in Rochester. She also raised her family here.
"It's an easy life style," Considine adds.
Easy even in the midst of an economic downturn. With an 8-percent unemployment rate and a median household income of $51,000, Rochester's compliments come for its kid-friendly assets. The report specifically named local colleges and universities and attractions like the Strong Museum of Play.
"We bring in 600,000 people a year who value that and we are looking to spread that word and let people nationwide know that Rochester is a great place to be for people of every age," said Chris Bensch with the Strong National Museum of Play.
Kiplinger considered more than 360 cities. Des Moines, Iowa came in first.
"It's a lot cheaper than some of the bigger cities. The things to do aren't that pricey. We have a family of five. You can get a lot of deals like zoo memberships, stuff like that," said Kelly.
According to the mayor, it's a city that speaks for itself.