The 10 Best Rochester Suburbs To Live For 2021


We analyzed over 21 places around Rochester to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best Rochester suburbs.

Big city living isn't for everyone--but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There's the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There's traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing--pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you're looking at.

But that's where the suburbs come in--they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Rochester are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

Here are the 10 best suburbs to live around Rochester for 2021:

  1. Victor
  2. Fairport
  3. Honeoye Falls
  4. Churchville
  5. Spencerport
  6. Hilton
  7. Lima
  8. Avon
  9. Caledonia
  10. Canandaigua

What's the best suburb of Rochester? Victor ranks as the best suburb of Rochester for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Victor, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Rochester 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.

Feel free to check out some more reading about New York:

The 10 Best Rochester Suburbs To Live For 2021

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,716
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $83,594
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on Victor: Real Estate | Data

Victor is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Rochester area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Victor."

Everyone here is rich; families average $83,594 a year, which is the highest in the Rochester region. And only 2.19% are out of work. Homes average more than $187,100 each.

Fairport, NY

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,349
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $71,890
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 7.5%
More on Fairport: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fairport is the second best 'burb we looked at near Rochester for 2021.

It ranks 2nd for incomes in the area and only 3.94% of residents lack insurance, good for 14th best.

Honeoye Falls, NY

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,759
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $68,864
Unemployment Rate: 1.2%
Poverty Rate: 10.2%
More on Honeoye Falls: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Honeoye Falls, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Rochester metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Honeoye Falls.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,112
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Median Income: $65,769
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
More on Churchville: Real Estate | Data

Churchville ranks as the 4th best suburb of Rochester for 2021.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Churchville and the schools are some of the best around.

Spencerport, NY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,671
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Income: $70,208
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 7.9%
More on Spencerport: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Spencerport.

Spencerport gets kudos for having the 6th most expensive homes in the Rochester area, where houses sell for an average of $152,800. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Hilton, NY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,832
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $62,781
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 13.0%
More on Hilton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hilton is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 5.25% which is 15th best in the area.

According to online reports, Hilton is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Rochester area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,278
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $60,625
Unemployment Rate: 0.5%
Poverty Rate: 8.9%
More on Lima: Real Estate | Data

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Lima.

Lima schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 18.2 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Avon, NY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,260
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 3)
Median Income: $67,259
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 13.5%
More on Avon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Avon is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 1.8% of people lack insurance, good for 6th in the area.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,078
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $57,500
Unemployment Rate: 1.4%
Poverty Rate: 5.5%
More on Caledonia: Real Estate | Data

Is 'Everything Better In Caledonia?'

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Canandaigua, NY

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 10,287
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $49,130
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 10.7%
More on Canandaigua: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2021 is Canandaigua.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Rochester for 2021

Figuring out the best suburbs around Rochester was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2015-2019 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Rochester.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 19 suburbs to evaluate around Rochester.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 19 in each category, where 1 was the "best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the "Best Suburb near Rochester." We're lookin' at you, Victor. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Welcome to the Best Rochester 'Burbs of 2021

We said it once and we'll say it again--life in the big city isn't for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you're hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Rochester, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more New York reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Rochester Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Victor, NY 2,716 $83,594
2 Fairport, NY 5,349 $71,890
3 Honeoye Falls, NY 2,759 $68,864
4 Churchville, NY 2,112 $65,769
5 Spencerport, NY 3,671 $70,208
6 Hilton, NY 5,832 $62,781
7 Lima, NY 2,278 $60,625
8 Avon, NY 3,260 $67,259
9 Caledonia, NY 2,078 $57,500
10 Canandaigua, NY 10,287 $49,130
11 East Rochester, NY 6,563 $50,824
12 Le Roy, NY 4,224 $54,846
13 Webster, NY 5,606 $45,571
14 Geneseo, NY 8,095 $27,062
15 Palmyra, NY 3,354 $60,500
16 Clifton Springs, NY 2,173 $45,208
17 Brockport, NY 8,292 $40,083
18 Newark, NY 8,914 $44,949
19 Albion, NY 5,479 $39,590

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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