With a population of approximately 210,000 residents, Rochester is a city on the southern shore of Lake Ontario in the western portion of New York. The city was rated third as “The Best Place to Raise a Family” by Forbes. Additionally, Kiplinger rated Rochester as the fifth “Best City for Families” because of its highly-rated public school system, low unemployment rate, and overall low cost of living. Although it’s five hours from New York City, Rochester stands on its own in terms of the culture the city offers to its residents. The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Geva Theatre Center, and the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film are just a few of the cultural institutions that populate the area. Nightlife is abound in Rochester’s East End district, and if this isn’t enough entertainment to please your every whim, Rochester holds a number of cultural festivals each year including the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, the Rochester International Film Festival, and the Lilac Festival at Highland Park. If you’re an active person, you deserve a vibrant lifestyle, which is available to you in Rochester.