Rochester ranks #1 on survey of “most neigborly cities in America”

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Our city has its share of problems. Being neighborly isn’t one of them.

According to a survey by, Rochester was voted the most neighborly city in America for 2022. The results are based on a variety of factors, including charitable giving, volunteering, generosity, and happiness. Rochester was followed by Madison, Wisconsin and Provo, Utah.

The description on about why Rochester ranked first:

Rochester climbed from the #2 spot last year to claim the top ranking, and it’s no surprise — this very neighborly city ranked third overall for neighborly acts and fourth for volunteering. That’s alongside high scores for charitable giving and happiness, too.

As a city that offers plenty to do in its bustling neighborhoods, all nestled among nature preserves and county parks, Rochester is known by locals to be a place where residents love to live and never hesitate to lend a hand to their neighbors. Plus, it’s home to Art Park, the only state park in the U.S. that’s dedicated to visual and performing arts!

“One of the things we often hear from visitors is how welcoming and friendly Rochesterians are,” said Don Jeffries President and CEO of Visit Rochester, when the city ranked #2 last year. “This ranking is well-deserved and captures the warm welcome visitors can expect when they visit Greater Rochester.”

Congratulations to Rochester on being this year’s Most Neighborly City!