Community Vitality






The greater Rochester region has the community vitality opportunities of a big city. The area is renowned for its theater, music, dance, an impressive range of museums and both large and intimate art galleries. The arts scene features many prominent institutions, as well as a flourishing array of mid- and small-sized theaters and clubs with just about every form of music. The community hosts festivals of world-wide importance, as well as ones that contribute to neighborhood vitality.

Attendance at arts and cultural attractions in 2019 increased 55% since 2004 for festivals which attracted over 1.8 million people.

Tourism revenue in our region was almost $1.1 billion in 2020. This was a 40% decrease from 2019, likely reflecting a downturn in tourism and travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The spending on recreation by tourists was over $64 million in 2020,  down 38% since 2019 due to the pandemic. 

Residents in our region are registered to vote and turn out to vote at rates similar to the state.  In 2020, 83% of regional residents were registered to vote. In 2020 (a presidential election year), 64% of regional residents voted, compared to 57% of state residents and 62% nationally.

Residents in the region spent 0.8% of their income on charitable giving in 2019, lower than the state and national rates (1.8% and 1.6% respectively).

In our region, 58% of residents were registered library borrowers in 2019, lower than the state level. Genesee had the highest rate in 2019 followed by Monroe County, with Monroe seeing the largest increase since 2000. Visits to libraries in the region per capita, at 5.4, were greater than the state, with Orleans County (6.8) having the highest rate followed by Batavia and the City of Rochester (7.4 and 6.2 respectively) in 2019.








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