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At the end of the 19th century, anarchist Emma Goldman lived and worked in Rochester for several years, where she championed the cause of labor in Rochester sweatshops.Rochester was also home to significant unrest in labor, race, and antiwar protests.For the metropolitan area, see Rochester, New York metropolitan area.) is a city on the southern shore of Lake Ontario in Western New York.Rochester is the third most populous city in New York state with over 210,000 residents, and its metropolitan area has a population of nearly 1.1 million people.Several of the region's universities (notably the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology) have renowned research programs.In addition, Rochester is the site of many important inventions and innovations in consumer products.The Rochester area has been the birthplace to such corporations as Kodak, Western Union, Bausch & Lomb, Gleason and Xerox that conduct extensive research and manufacturing in the fields of industrial and consumer products.Until 2010, the Rochester metropolitan area was the second-largest regional economy in New York State, according to the U. Internal Revenue Service, after the New York City metropolitan area. Development of modern Rochester followed the American Revolution, and forced cession of their territory by the Iroquois after the defeat of Great Britain.
Also in 1823, the Erie Canal aqueduct over the Genesee River was completed, and the Erie Canal east to the Hudson River was opened.
Allied with the British, four major Iroquois tribes were essentially forced out of New York. (1761–1839), all of Hagerstown, Maryland, purchased a 100-acre (ca.
As a reward for their loyalty to the British Crown, they were given a large land grant on the Grand River in Canada. 40 ha) tract from the state in Western New York along the Genesee River.
With industrial restructuring in the later 20th century, and the decline of industry and jobs in the area, by 2010, the city's population had declined to 210,565, although the metropolitan area was considerably larger.
The city is about 65 miles (100 km) east-northeast of Buffalo and about 75 miles (120 km) west of Syracuse; it sits on Lake Ontario's southern shore. New York City is about 250 miles (400 km) to the southeast.
By 1838, Rochester was the largest flour-producing city in the United States.