CEO for Cities ranked the country’s 51 largest metro areas on connections, innovation, talent and distinctiveness. The exhaustive rankings feature a number of subcategories, including restaurants, weirdness and Google searches.
First, the good news. Here’s where Rochester ranks well:
Culture/HDTV Ratio: This is the ratio of people that “reported attending a cultural event in the past year to the number of households with high definition televisions.” The data, from 2007, ranks Rochester #3. In other words, we like to get out more than our counterparts in other cities.
Restaurant Variety: Looking at the ratio of ethnic restaurants to fast food restaurants, excluding Chinese, Italian and Mexican, Rochester ranks #19. For every fast food restaurant, we have .5 ethnic restaurants. Not bad!
Internet Search Variety: This is defined as the “variance of Google web-search patterns from national patterns for the most popular search terms.” Rochester ranks #4. Buffalo is #8.
Patents: Rochester is ranked #5, with 22.1 patents per 10,000 workers.
Volunteering: We scored well this category, as 29.6 percent of people reported community involvement. Rochester is ranked #15.
Voting: 62.2 percent of people voted in 2008 election, putting us in the middle of the pack at #25.
Economic Integration: Rochester ranked #7, with 77.6 percent of people living in middle income neighborhoods. However, other studies put us at the bottom in terms of integration.
Transit Use: Ten percent of non-poor workers use public transit, ranking Rochester #20.
Walkability: The city itself is ranked #16.
Number of Foreign Students at Universities: Rochester is ranked #9, with 28.3 foreign students per 1,000 residents. Buffalo is ranked #1.
College Attainment: Rochester ranks #18, with 33 percent of people over 25 having been awarded a four-year degree.
Creative Professionals: With 4 percent of workers having “wide discretion in their jobs to use accumulated knowledge to develop, design and deliver new products and services,” Rochester ranks #17.
Traded Sector Talent: This is the percentage of workers with college degrees who work outside health, education & government. Rochester ranks #22 with 29.8 percent of workers in this category.
Vehicle Travel: We don’t spend as much time in our cars, traveling an average of 21.9 miles a day, putting us at #39.
Greenhouse Gases: We emit 1.91 tons carbon emissions per person, putting us at #43.
Now, the bad news. Here’s where Rochester scored not-so-great.
Internet Connectivity – Rochester only has 16.6 hotspots per 1,000 people, putting us at #36.
Venture Capital – This is a shame, considering our patent prowess. We rank #39, with only $15 of investment per 1,000 residents announced in the past year. Buffalo ranks #41.
Entrepreneurship – Only 8.9 percent of workers are self-employed, putting us at #38. Buffalo ranked dead last.
Small Business – There are 19 small firms with fewer than 20 employees per 1,000 residents. Rochester ranks #41.
Travel Outside the U.S. – Rochester ranks #36 on the percentage of people – 13.9 – who reported traveling outside the country in the past few years.
Young & the Restless: – This is the “percentage of the metropolitan population that is 25 to 34 years old and has completed at least a four-year college degree.” Rochester ranks #31, with 4.4 percent of the population fitting the bill.
International Talent – Rochester is #37 in the percent of workers – 8.9 – with a college degree who were born outside US.
Weirdness Index – This looked at “data on 74 different behaviors and activities from sports and fitness to hobbies and interests, appliance ownership and various aspects of home life.” We’re tied with Buffalo at #27 and #28 on the list.
Rochester didn’t do well when the study looked at our urban core. This is important because “metropolitan areas are not formless blobs.” Rochester ranked low on per capita income, poverty and educational attainment of people who live in the city.
Links of the Day:
– If the preparations for the opening of Trader Joe’s in Albany are any indication, I’m going to stay far away from Pittsford Plaza when it’s our turn.
– Odd Open House: Mt. Hope Cemetery is inviting you to learn all about its crematory.
– I think this Buckyballs CEO has a point. Should his business be forced to pay because children are swallowing his product, which is clearly labeled “adults only.” It’s also…not a food.
– City Newspaper’s Best of Rochester primary ballot is out. I’d be honored if you consider by blog, Twitter feed and reporting. Thank you!