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View Poll Results: Which metropolitan area is superior?
Hartford 7 53.85%
Rochester 6 46.15%
Voters: 13. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-27-2014, 11:34 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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These two metropolitan areas are similar in size, just over 1 million each. Both are located in Northeastern states and have some similarities and differences.

Here is my take....


Hartford Metropolitan Area
  • Better climate (longer, warmer summers and much less snow in the winter)
  • Better scenery (many hills, valleys and lots of greenery, CT river)
  • Better suburbs (Glastonbury, Avon, Farmington, South Windsor, Manchester)
  • Proximity to Boston and NYC (just two hours each way)
  • Better economy (many more jobs and opportunities)
Rochester Metropolitan Area
  • Better highway infrastructure (beltways and very easy to quickly get anywhere)
  • Much more affordable housing (can get a nice home for $130K)
  • Adjacent to the coast of Lake Ontario
  • Downtown/nightlife is slightly better

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Old 05-28-2014, 08:50 AM
 
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I'd say that the suburbs of Rochester have their share of pretty nice towns like Pittsford, Penfield, Brighton, Fairport/Perinton and Webster(essentially the Eastern suburbs), as well as much of western Irondequoit. Same with the scenery, as there are plenty of hills and valleys in the Rochester area, as well as the Finger Lakes within the metro. It's proximity to Canada and Toronto in particular isn't too bad.
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Old 05-28-2014, 12:02 PM
 
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I'd say that the suburbs of Rochester have their share of pretty nice towns like Pittsford, Penfield, Brighton, Fairport/Perinton and Webster(essentially the Eastern suburbs), as well as much of western Irondequoit. Same with the scenery, as there are plenty of hills and valleys in the Rochester area, as well as the Finger Lakes within the metro. It's proximity to Canada and Toronto in particular isn't too bad.
I mean, both metro areas have nice suburbs and scenery, really.
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Old 05-28-2014, 04:02 PM
 
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Another notable difference is the cultural difference. Rochester has more of a Great Lakes culture, whereas Hartford has more of a subdued BosWash culture. In Rochester, people say "pop," but in Hartford people say "soda."
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