Sometimes one of the best options is actually one of the last ones people ever think about. Rochester, the third largest city in New York, is one of those places. Rankings, done within the last few years, have placed it as one of the best places to live and raise a family. A low cost of living, good schools and low unemployment rates earned Rochester its place near the top. Like New York State itself, Rochester has a fairly diversified economic base, with several Fortune 1000 global corporations headquartered there, along with many state and regional companies. The city boasts a vibrant nightlife and culture, with numerous parks and museums. Empire State University and St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry, along with other institutes of higher learning, all call Rochester home. The biggest draw by far, is for those in the tech sector. Tech Valley, New York’s version of the famed Silicon Valley, has formed an offshoot into Western New York that includes Rochester. Small startups, creating some of the world’s most cutting edge technology, call this city home.