It is best to know where you are in Rochester at all times. There are some areas in the city that arent too safe, especially at night. Monroe Ave, Park Ave, and Alexander St are all fairly safe areas that have a lot to do. Stay away from Clifford St, Ave A, Ave B, C, and D. Very dangerous.
Rochester has a population of 221,000...but visitors should still use the same caution as they would in a city 3 or 4 times the size. One problem that unfortunatly plauges the city is the high number of homicides. Most of the homicides in the city are for similar reasons that homicides would occur in places like Chicago, Philadelphia, ect. Its because Rochester has its fair share of drugs and poverty.
The north side of Rochester, especially just north of the inner loop should be avoided. FIGHT village is located there, and its a very dangerous housing project. The west and south west side contains bad neighborhoods as well. Watch out when in the cornhill neighborhood too, though its a very nice area to visit, the area right outside of it contains 2 other housing projects, Olean and Kennedy, but most parts on the southwest, have no use for visitors, and as common sense, don't go to these places at night
The east end neighborhood and high falls is a safer place to be if you want to be out in the town at night. But make sure you stay on east ave. or in the high falls district because the areas around them can turn dangerous quickly. Most of monroe ave is safe at night, because of the middle class residences and businesses, but use common sense here as well.
Downtown Rochester is not a safe place to just roam around after 11pm. On average, the city has one murder per week lately. Rapes occur twice a week; 6 robberies or assaults per night.
There were an average of 2000 car thefts per year.
So use caution. Stay in groups and stay out of certain sections after midnight (your hotel's staff can identify those areas for you).
The map attached shows where the murders in Rochester have occured. The area covered is just about everything from Mt. Read Blvd on the west to Goodman Street on the east and from route 104 on the north to I-490 on the south
During the winter months (November-March) be very careful of the winter weather. It is very easy to be caught in a snow squall or lake effect snow. Lake effect snow is dangerous becuase it is hard to predict who it will effect and how much will fall. Quite often one part of the city will receive 12' and another part of the city will receive 1'. (Keep in mind Rochester is a fairly small city). On top of the snow, it can be colder than hell so consider yourself warned. . .
Don't let this deter you from visiting as we have several ski resorts outside the city (about 30-45 minutes from downtown) and many places to go sledding, X-country skiing or hiking. The snow can be challenging, but enjoy it while it is here and know it will end sooner than you think (though sometimes the season feels long!).
There are parts of Rochester, particularly the upper Monroe Ave area, Clinton Ave., etc. that is VERY BAD. There are also places near the University of Rochester that are VERY BAD. Try to avoid these areas AT ALL COST.
This is a postcard from 1915 that has been colorised. Rochester has many old buildings and has a rich history as the hometown of Frederick Douglas, George Eastman, Susan B Anthony, Xerox, Kodak, Bausch and Lomb, Mitch Miller, Chuck Mangione and actors Pernell Roberts and Hugh O'Brien.
*Did You Know?
-The average number of days reaching 90 degrees or above is 9
The average number of days falling to 32 degrees or lower is 134
The average number of cloudy days per year is 199
The averages number of inches of snow is 70.
The first known abolitionist group was founded here in 1838 and Susan B Anthony was born here and Frederick Douglas lived here.
We are the birthplace of many world famous companies including: Eastman Kodak, Xerox, Bausch and Lomb, Rochester Products ( Famous Rochester Quadra Jet Carburetor)
George Eastman committed suicide
*You know you're from Rochester, NY when:
-The thought of eating a 'garbage plate' makes your mouth water.
-The only thing at the annual May Lilac Festival is snow.
-The worst four-letter word you could say is 'Fuji'.
Downtown Rochester itself is considered one of the safest districts in the city, similarly the south east side of the city being anywhere south of main street and east of the genesee river are too. But areas north, northeast, west, and southwest of downtown are rundown and there's really no points of interest in those area. Use caution just like anywhere else.