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Rochester, OU’s college town ranked in top 100 cities

Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Rochester, OU’s college town ranked in top 100 cities

By Dawn Pauli, OU Writer


The City of Rochester, home of Oakland University, was named 39th in a list of the top 100 cities in which to live by Money Magazine and CNN Money.


“We are proud to call downtown Rochester our college town home,” said Gary Russi, president of Oakland University. “This recognition is a testament to the strong quality of life, committed citizenry and careful planning and management of city resources in Rochester.”


Rochester and its surrounding area was ranked based on population, the number of educational facilities, safety, environment, housing affordability, taxes, weather, commute times and job market. Rochester was the highest-ranking Michigan city in the survey.


Nearly two years ago, the university formalized a partnership with the City of Rochester to partner on a variety of reciprocal business and academic ventures. Since then, Oakland students have participated in the annual Christmas parade and Dancin’ in the Street events, showcased their work in art galleries during a Gallery Stroll, and local merchants offer OU discounts, among many other activities.


The City of Rochester and Oakland University have had a long history dating to the university’s founding in 1959. Rochester Mayor Karen Lewis signed the partnership agreement with Russi, with the goal of sharing the vibrant Rochester community with OU students, alumni, faculty and staff. Downtown Rochester is home to nearly 400 businesses in retail, restaurant and service industries.


“We’re very proud of the Rochester-area community,” Lewis said. “Being recognized nationally validates that pride.”


For more information, see Money Magazine’s list of the top 100 cities to live or the City of Rochester Web site.