Rochester, NY

The Rochester metro area is a seven county area located in western New York, with Rochester, also known as The Flower City, as its anchoring city. It is the second wealthiest and most economically productive MSA in the state of New York, behind only NYC.

The greater Rochester area has seen steady growth over the last couple of decades. Recently, the city has been voted as one of the top cities to raise a family, one of the best places for quality life, and the city has the lowest cost of living among major metro areas in New York. This has made the Rochester area a prime destination for families looking to settle down, and people looking for work. This has led to an influx of immigrants looking to start a new life.

Total Population: 1,081,954

(An increase of 0.21 % in the past 5 years.)

Census Data

  • Foreign Born - 71,365
  • Language Spoken at Home - 103,813

Quick Facts

  • The Rochester metro area is the third largest in the state of New York, and the second most productive.

  • The immigrant population in Rochester has increased by twelve percent in just the last three years.

  • Approximately 58% of the foreign-born population have arrived in Rochester after 1990.

  • The neighborhoods surrounding the two colleges in Rochester have the highest rate of foreign-born citizens.

  • The Asian and Hispanic populations, the two largest foreign-born ethnic groups in Rochester, have both more than doubled over the last two decades.

  • Approximately 2,000 Bhutanese refugees have been resettled in Rochester since 2008.


The ethnic make up in Rochester has become rather diverse during recent years. In the past the city's primary immigrant groups have been from Europe, but it now has a growing Latino population, and the largest ethnic group is now Asian with significant populations from China, Vietnam, and Laos.

Both the Latino and Asian populations have more than doubled over the last twenty years. They have been settling down in the suburbs surrounding the city of Rochester. One major reason for this is due to the lowest cost of living in the state and the quality of life in the area. With the recent resettlement of refugees in Rochester, the area has become a melting pot of foreign-born citizens.

People Group Highlights

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PG Name Country Of Birth IMB Affinity Group Affinity Bloc Primary Religion Baseline Population Total
HindiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism1,735
TurkTurkeyCentral Asia PeoplesTurkic PeoplesIslam - Sunni1,556
UrduPakistanSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesIslam1,069
PersianIranCentral Asia PeoplesPersian-MedianIslam887
Arab, YemeniYemenNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam - Shia391
Jew, IsraeliIsraelNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesJewsEthnic Religions - Judaism229
Arab, EgyptianEgyptNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam55
Deaf AmericanUnited StatesDeaf PeoplesDeafEthnic Religions42,600
ItalianItalyEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic7,521
GermanGermanyEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox3,902
FrenchFranceEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic3,827
Chinese, MandarinChinaEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesBuddhism3,734
RussianRussiaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox3,365
UkrainianUkraineEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity3,010
VietnameseVietnamSoutheast Asian PeoplesSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism - Mahayana2,945
JamaicanJamaicaAmerican PeoplesNorth American PeoplesChristianity2,710
PolePolandEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic2,071
LaoLaosSoutheast Asian PeoplesSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism2,058
KoreanSouth KoreaEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesChristianity - Protestant1,871
DominicanDominican RepublicAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Other / Marginal1,573
SerbSerbiaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity1,277
CubanCubaAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic1,171
Arab, Lebanese (Christian)LebanonNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldChristianity - Roman Catholic1,155
GreekGreeceEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox905
JapaneseJapanEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesEthnic Religions - Shintoism668