Although the winters can be harsh in Rochester, the beauty of the wildlife can take your breath away. Rochester is home to hundreds of species of plants and animals, including Cooper’s hawk, Canadian geese, and northern cardinals.
The Census Bureau reports that the population estimates for Rochester in 2015 was 209,802 – a 0.5 percent decrease over 2010’s census figures. The percentage of senior citizens, age 65 and over, is lower than the national average (9 percent compared with 13 percent). The number of females, however, is slightly higher in Rochester than across the U.S. (51.7 percent compared with the national average of 50.8 percent).
Of the 2010 census figures, 43.7 percent of Rochester citizens identify as white, 41.7 percent as black or African-American, 16.4 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 3.1 percent as Asian, and 0.5 percent as American Indian or Alaska Native. 4.4 percent identify as two or more races.
9.1 percent of the residents were born in another country and 19.8 percent speak another language at home other than English.
The average temperature in Rochester is 48.4 degrees F. The average high temperature is 57.3 degrees and the average low temperature is 39.5 degrees. The city experiences four distinct seasons with harsh winters. The winter months typically see temperatures averaging a high in the mid 30s and a low in the teens. The average annual snowfall is 99 inches per year with winter months experiencing 22 to 28 inches of snow each month. The rainfall precipitation averages 34.34 inches per year. Due to the cold winters and large amount of snowfall, the winter weather poses a risk to residents. You will want to be prepared for the dangers associated with blizzards, freezing rain, ice, sleet, and low temperatures. The University of Rochester Medical Center suggests making sure your home is insulated for the upcoming winter months, trim back tree branches near power lines, wrap your water pipes to protect them from freezing, and purchase rock salt to protect yourself from slipping on ice on your porch, steps, and walkway.
Make sure you have installed smoke detectors throughout your home and have a backup plan in the event your furnace stops working. It is also suggested you pack your car with an emergency kit, including blankets, food, water, and flashlights.
You don’t have to look far for natural beauty in Rochester. The city has hundreds of trees, shrubs, vines, wildflowers, grasses, ferns, fungi, amphibians, birds, fish, insects, mammals, and reptiles. The city is also home to rare, threatened, and endangered species, such as the wood turtle, spotted turtle, Cooper’s hawk, New England bluet, and the Mystic Valley amphipod.
Other animal, insects, and fish you may see in Rochester include: coyote, woodchuck, rabbit, opossum, skunk, squirrel, deer, chipmunk, weasel, mink, gray fox, red fox, snapping turtle, ribbon snake, milk snake, eastern garter snake, water snake, butterflies, dragonflies, bluegill, white perch, yellow perch, flathead minnow, largemouth bass, eel, and blueback herring.
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