Brockport's Quality of Life

Brockport has an exceptional quality of life, measured by a variety of factors including low cost of living, quality schools, affordable health care, access to cultural amenities, an abundance of recreational activities, seasonal weather, and an environment that is ideally suited to raising a healthy and educated family. Our community offers the arts, culture, sports and nightlife all wrapped up in the comfort and charm of a small town.

Brockport's Affordability
The Cost of Living Index is a price index that measures the relative costs of basic necessities of life -- such as food, clothing, healthcare, housing, transportation and utilities -- and allows for comparisons between different regions of the country. The Cost of Living Index is based on a U.S. average of 100. Overall, Brockport's March 2012 Cost of Living Index rating is 104, which is slightly higher than the U.S. average but significantly less than the New York State average. In fact, in every Index category, Brockport's cost of living is below the New York State average.

Index Brockport New York National
Cost of living index 104 125 100
Goods & Services index 98 110 100
Groceries index 95 110 100
Health care index 103 109 100
Housing index 112 159 100
Transportation index 104 108 100
Utilities index 109 118 100

Brockport's Cost of Living Index is 17.1% below the New York State average and signifies that the costs associated with living in Brockport are far less than the average location in New York. The village's relatively low cost of living is just another reason why Brockport is a great place to live!

Also contributing to Brockport's affordability is its low housing costs, which make home ownership here more than just a dream. In fact, the median cost of a home or condo in Brockport ($110,296) is 74% less than the New York State average ($306,000) and 18% less than the Monroe County average.

Brockport's Quality of Education
One of the biggest concerns families have when it comes to deciding upon a place to live is the quality of a location's schools. That's not a concern in Brockport, where its public school system easily and consistantly out-performs the statewide average in yearly state assessment examinations.

The following charts provide a comparison of the percent of Brockport Central School District elementary and middle level students who scored at or above Level 3 (understanding of the knowledge and skills expected) in state English Language Arts, Mathematics and Science exams versus the New York State average and secondary level students who scored at or above Level 3 in English and Math for the 2011-12 school year. As you will note, Brockport's public school students beat the state average in every category at every grade level!

For more information on Brockport's public schools, click HERE.

Brockport's Superior Healthcare
Brockport offers area residents a full-range of healthcare services at a cost that's 6% less than the New York State average.

Many of Greater Brockport's health care services are provided through Unity Health System. Services it provides include Unity Family Medicine, Unity Ob/Gyn, Unity Physical Therapy, Unity Endocrinology, and Unity Geriatrics.

Also in Brockport is Lakeside Health System, which is comprised of Lakeside Beikirch Care Center, Lakeside Foundation, the Daisy Marquis Jones Family Wellness Program (all in Brockport), and Lakeside Urgent Care Center in Spencerport (about seven miles to the east).

Brockport's Low Crime Rate
Among those factors that make Brockport such a desirable place to live, work and raise a family is its extremely low crime rate. In fact, 2011 saw the village experience its lowest crime rate in over a decade. When compared to the national average, Brockport's crime rate is 63% lower!

Greater Brockport's Endless Opportunities for Fun and Entertainment
There's never a shortage of things to do in and around Brockport. Whether it's attending one of the village's numerous festivals; watching the Brockport State "Golden Eagles" in action; or hiking, biking or walking the Erie Canal towpath, there's so much to see and do without ever needing to leave town.

Brockport calls itself the "The Victorian Village on the Erie Canal." It recently remodeled the village portion of the canal, providing a bricked walkway, a brand new canal visitor's center and several pieces of art. Brockport also boasts the Morgan Manning House, an historic Victorian home on Main Street that is open for tours.

If the lure of professional sports, Broadway-quality theater, amusement parks, a zoo, and world-class museums beckons, you'll find that and much more in Rochester, less than 19 miles to the east. Rochester is home to professional sports teams in baseball, hockey, basketball, soccer (men's and women's) and lacrosse. The city's Geva Theater features professional productions of a national standard while the Rochester Broadway Theater League brings touring Broadway productions to town. Many area residents make the 2 ½-hour ride to Toronto or catch a flight to the Big Apple to take in Broadway performances. Rochester is also home to the George Eastman House and International Museum of Photography and Film and the Strong National Museum of Play. Talk about world class!

Just 10 miles to the north is Lake Ontario, one of the world's Great Lakes, and the beautiful beaches at Hamlin Beach State Park. Venture southeast of Brockport and you'll be in the heart of the region's Finger Lakes, 11 glacier-carved lakes that sit amidst the more than 100 wineries and vineyards that produce the region's award-winning vinos.

Don't think for a moment that the outdoor activities come to a halt when the snow starts to fly. In fact, you'll find that just the opposite is true. Area residents embrace winter and flock outdoors to take in downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, sledding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and ice fishing. The Finger Lakes region truly is a four-season paradise.

In fact, there's so much to see and do around here that you may find the biggest problem is deciding what to do next!

Brockport's Four-Season Climate
The Greater Rochester region experiences a fairly humid, continental type climate, which is strongly modified by the proximity of the Great Lakes. Precipitation is rather evenly distributed throughout the year in quantity, but frequency is much higher in the cloudy winter months than in the sunny summer ones. Snowfall is heavy, but is highly variable over short distances.

Winters are generally cold, cloudy and snowy across the region, but are changeable and include frequent thaws and rain as well. Snow covers the ground more often than not from Christmas into early March, but periods of bare ground are not uncommon. Total season snowfall ranges from 70 inches south of the city to about 90 inches in Rochester to over 120 inches along the lake shore east of the city.

Spring comes slowly to the region.The last frosts usually occur by April 30 near the lake. The spring months are actually our driest statistically, due in part to the stabilizing effect of the lakes. Sunshine increases markedly in May.

Summers are warm and sunny across the region. The average temperature is in the 70 to 72 degree range. Rain can be expected every third or fourth day, almost always in the form of showers and thunderstorms. This activity is more common inland than near the lake. Completely overcast days in summer are rare. Severe weather is not common, but a few cases of damaging winds and small tornadoes occur each year. The greatest risk of this type of activity is south of the Thruway. There usually are several periods of uncomfortably warm and muggy weather in an average summer, with nine days reaching the 90-degree mark. Still, the area usually experiences some of the most delightful summer weather in the East.

Autumn is pleasant, but rather brief. Mild and dry conditions predominate through September and much of October, but colder air masses cross the Great Lakes with increasing frequency starting in late October, and result in a drastic increase in cloud cover across the region in late October and early November. Although the first frosts may not occur until late October along the lakeshore, the first lake effect snows of the season follow soon thereafter, usually by mid November. These early snows melt off quickly, with a general snow cover seldom established before mid-December.

The growing season is relatively long for the latitude, averaging about 180 days.The long growing season, combined with ample spring moisture and abundant summer beneficial for the many fruit orchards and wineries, especially near the Lake Ontario shore.

Our comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 53 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The U.S. average on the comfort index is 44.