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Rochester, NY (Population: 211,091)

Rochester, New York, also known as the “Flower/Flour City,” is the third largest city in the state of New York. Having once been the largest flour producer in the US and also famous for its spring festivals celebrating its beautiful parks, both of these nicknames have been well earned. Rochester is home to a large number of colleges and universities. These include the University of Rochester, the Eastman School of Music, St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry, Rochester Institute of Technology and Nazareth College.

Rochester's “white hot” is related to the hot dog and is made by the local Zweigle company. Another popular food that Rochester proudly calls it's own is the “Garbage Plate” which is served up a the landmark Nick Tahou Hots restaurant. Also native to Rochester is the Lilac Festival in Highland Park, the Rochester International Jazz Festival, the Rochester Music Festival and the Corn Hill Festival.

Rochester is well known for the contributions to the arts, which include Garth Fagan Dance, a modern dance company, the Geva Theatre Center and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Other attractions include the Strasenburgh Planetarium, the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film and the Strong-National Museum of Play which also houses the National Toy Hall of Fame. The Seneca Park Zoo is another popular attracting for children and adults alike.