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ExpansionManagement.com rates us #2 in quality of life

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http://www.expansionmanagement.com/smo/new...=18833&st=3

Expansion Management's 2007 Quality of Life Quotient puts us at #2 for large cities. According to their website: "Our 9th Annual Quality of Life Quotient rates each of the 362 metro areas to find out which offer the best middle class lifestyle for manufacturing and service companies."

Criteria include affordable housing, good public schools, and several other factors.

I'm glad to see we were ranked well. Whether this is a reliable index or not (and I haven't looked closely enough to form an opinion on that), this may help to attract some businesses to expand here. Enough rankings like this (and there have been plenty of others) could add up to improve our image in the business world.

The list (for metros over 1 million)....

1. Rochester, N.Y.

2. Pittsburgh, Pa.

3. Austin-Round Rock, Texas

4. Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Mass.-N.H.

5. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.

6. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minn.-Wis.

7. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C.-Md.-Va.-W.Va.

8. Oklahoma City, Okla.

9. Kansas City, Mo.-Kan.

10. Richmond, Va.

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One problem with the list. Rochester, NY metro area no longer has over 1,000,000 people, it dropped just below the million mark a year or two ago.

I guess that technically makes Pittsburgh #1.

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2006 Census Estimate

Rochester, NY MSA: 1,035,435

Rochester, NY CSA: 1,128,989

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2006 Census Estimate

Rochester, NY MSA: 1,035,435

Rochester, NY CSA: 1,128,989

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2007 estimates don't come out til 2008... Rochester's MSA remains over a million... and it is very slowly declining... if its current decline rate keeps up... it will be awhile before it drops below a million...

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2007 estimates don't come out til 2008... Rochester's MSA remains over a million... and it is very slowly declining... if its current decline rate keeps up... it will be awhile before it drops below a million...

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