Originally Posted by mightynortons
I've lived in Rochester my entire life and I have to say that I cannot wait to get out. Yes the winters are long and cold. The property taxes are ridiculous. I've visited areas in the southeast, and you can get a very nice home for a decent price and not the taxes you have here. Rochester has no downtown scene. Even with their plans for "renaissance Square", I highly doubt it will change anything. There are no good concerts that come here either. I've had enough of my birthplace.
Any particular reason you are posting this here?
I moved back to Rochester from Raleigh, NC in summer 2007 after almost 13 years down there. It's a nice place and yes, it definitely has warmer weather but it's definitely not more affordable and the economy isn't really any better there these days either. If you have any kids I can almost garauntee you won't be happy with the schools there. They are good schools but the county-wide school system they are in is a MESS with bussing and constant reassignment of kids to different schools.
Too many people in Upstate NY think the south is just heaven and that moving there will make them happier; the grass isn't always greener folks.