Is Rochester Among the Most 'Social-Seeking' Cities?

That's how it was labeled in a recent "Best Places to Live" ranking by Coldwell Banker Real Estate. What do you think?

If you want to get out, meet people and have a good time, is Rochester the place to be?

According to Coldwell Banker Real Estate, it is.

The real estate company is ranking the "Best Place to Live" in the United States and for those identified as "social seekers," Rochester is a popular place to be.

The "Best Places to Live" series is a partnership with the real estate data service Onboard Informatics, and ranks U.S. cities in several lifestyle categories: Social Seekers, Suburbanites, Adventurers, Leisure Lovers and Culture Cravers.

So far, only the winners in the Social Seekers catagories have been revealed and the list is topped by a number of familiar names; Manhattan, San Francisco, Chicago and Los Angeles, to start.

However, Rochester is one of five Michigan cities to be named a popular spot for sociable folks, alongside Ann Arbor, East Lansing, Huntington Woods and Birmingham.

According to a post by Coldwell Banker's David Siroty on the company's Blue Matter blog, the Social Seekers list ranks the places "which are perfect for the hip, trendy and fun at heart — those who would rather go out than stay at home any night of the week."

According to Siroty, the list was compiled based on a range of attributes such as access to public transportation, high volume of bars and restaurants, "happening nightlife" and a bustling entertainment scene. Social Seeker cities also had numerous coffee shops and residents with disposable income.

"As our previous research shows, Americans believe that their home is a reflection of their identity and that clearly goes beyond the property line and into the communities where they live," said Budge Huskey, president and CEO of Coldwell Banker in a recent press release.

"By ranking the best places to live by lifestyle interests and personalities, we're able to get to the heart of what makes individual cities and towns so special," Huskey added.

Michele Manhire July 22, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Wonderful news! Let's hope it's a positive draw for new residential hopefuls, and reflected in rising property values in the near future!
Janine Nickens July 23, 2012 at 09:07 AM
Rochester definitely does not belongonthis list. There is NO "hapening nightlife" nor is there a high volumn of bars and restaurants , unless you want to count small carry out or eat in restaurants. There is also no downtown shopping, There is not any public transportation. I have live here for over 20 years so I know what is available. And there are not any restaurants that offer any entertainment!
Dave Frame July 23, 2012 at 10:23 AM
Gus O'Connor has a band playing every weekend.
Debbie Larsen July 23, 2012 at 12:34 PM
The live music at O'Connor's is excellent. Rochester Mills Brewery has live entertainment every weekend - the schedule of bands is on their web site. Penny Black also has live entertainment.
Kristin Bull (Editor) July 23, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Where do you go for nightlife?
donna mcmullen July 23, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Janine....since you have lived here over 20 years its hard for you to judge. My husband and I moved here just over a year ago and are still happy and amazed at what rochester and this area offers. When our families come up they love it and never thought the area was like this. There are constantly things to do and I shop downtown often. Also, there are many places to eat, we used to have to drive a half hour to and hour to have decent food in the places we lived before!
donna mcmullen July 23, 2012 at 01:15 PM
My bad, it was a place to eat that offers entertainment but we have found that too!
Tyler Bevier July 23, 2012 at 03:11 PM
I believe that the FedEx Kinko's is the latest place open in Rochester on weekday nights besides a couple of bars. Hmmm, Yeah that sounds like quite a social gathering!
David Gifford July 23, 2012 at 11:21 PM
I certainly think Rochester belongs on the list but I think there are other cities that may be ahead of it. I am surprised that Royal Oak or Ferndale are not in the top 5. Rochester is certainly a going town with many restaurants and bars but I do not feel it is more social than Royal Oak. I agree that Ann Arbor and East Lansing are sociable towns but should they be disqualified for being college towns?


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