Monroe County is the heart of the Greater Rochester Nine County Region. It is also considered among the 14 counties in the Finger Lakes Region.
The county includes the City of Rochester and its 19 surrounding towns and villages.
The Erie Canal crosses paths with the Genesee as the river courses north through the City of Rochester on its way toward the county’s northern border at Lake Ontario. Both Monroe County and Livingston County are protected from river flooding by the mighty Mount Morris Dam.
Monroe County is home to ten colleges and universities
Bryant & Stratton College in Greece and Henrietta
Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in the city
Monroe Community College in Brighton, with a campus in the city
Nazareth College in Pittsford
Roberts Wesleyan College in Chili
Rochester Institute of Technology in Henrietta
St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry in Pittsford
St. John Fisher College in Pittsford
State University of New York at Brockport in Brockport, with a campus in the city
University of Rochester in the city
Monroe County Facts
The county runs along Lake Ontario’s southern shore and is named after James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States.
The Monroe County seat is the City of Rochester. As of 2020, Monroe County’s population was 759,443.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county’s total area is 1,367 square miles, of which 657 square miles is land and 710 square miles (52%) is water. [source] That high percentage is mainly due to having a county line that extends into Lake Ontario, in addition to Irondequoit and Braddock Bay, the Erie Canal, Genesee River, and other large tributaries.