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Retirement Living In Western New York (Greater Niagara vacation region)

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Area Description

Genesee County, NY is an agricultural community of 64,000 located halfway between the urban cities of Buffalo and Rochester, NY. Batavia is our county seat and the city has approx. 16,000 residents. Agriculture is our number one industry and tourism is our second. We enjoy small town charm with easy access to nearby cities. The New York State thruway offers 3 exits into our county, and many state routes cross our community.

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Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   We are located less than an hour to Niagara Falls and the Canadian border, 30 minutes to world-class sport fishing on Lake Ontario, arts & architecture in Buffalo and Niagara, 40 minutes to Letchworth State Park (Grand Canyon of the East)and 30 minutes to the Nearby wineries and culinary offerings of the Finger Lakes Region. Locally, we have the state's largest amusement and waterpark (Darien Lake), an indoor waterpark in Batavia, unique museums and historic sites, a full cultural calendar, dairy and animal farms that are open to visitors. We also have several area golf courses.

Cultural Activities

The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council is the hub of artisan activity for Genesee and Orleans Counties. We have theaters, art galleries, studios, a symphony and a year-round calendar of cultural offerings. Fairly new to our area is Harvester 56, a black box theater in downtown Batavia.

Public transportation

Genesee County is halfway (30 minute drive) between The Buffalo Niagara International Airport and the Rochester International airport. Amtrak also offers stops in nearby cities, and Greyhound bus lines has a pick up location in Batavia. Additionally, we are a 45 minute flight to New York City, or a 2 hour drive to Toronto. Local transportation consists of rentals, and limited taxi and inter-county bus service.

Medical Facilities

Genesee County residents are fortunate to receive quality care, right at home at United Memorial Medical Center, which recently has become a teaching hospital. In addition, the area offers two urgent care centers, multiple physical therapists, and a VA Medical Center and Nursing Homer. Within an hour's drive, there are more than seven different nationally ranked hospitals including two Level 1 trauma centers, a cancer research institute, a state-of-the-art children's hospital, and an award-winning cardiac institute partnered with the Cleveland Clinic.

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Western New York (Greater Niagara vacation region)?

Western New York enjoys four distinct seasons. Spring is the time for melting snow and renewal and temperatures can vary wildly but typically remain under 60 degrees. Summer is green and flowers bloom and if we are lucky we will see temps reach the high 90s, but this is not always the case. Fall is glorious as the leaves change to brilliant reds, golds, orange and yellow before dropping. Temps into the 70s are anticipated at this time of the year. Winter weather normally arrives mid-November and the long, cold season begins. We often receive lake effect snow, so our residents are accustomed to "digging out", but our road crews are also very used to this so our roads are normally salted and open even in the worst of weather. Living here you tend to anxiously await each season, enjoy the festivities that come along with each, and prepare for the next. Our changing seasons is one of the greatest perks to living here.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  16  24  32
 Feb  17  26  35
 Mar  24  34  43
 Apr  36  46  57
 May  46  57  68
 Jun  56  66  77
 Jul  60  70  81
 Aug  58  69  79
 Sep  51  62  72
 Oct  41  51  60
 Nov  32  40  49
 Dec  22  29  36

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  29  3
 Feb  0  26  1
 Mar  0  24  0
 Apr  0  11  0
 May  0  1  0
 Jun  1  0  0
 Jul  2  0  0
 Aug  1  0  0
 Sep  0  0  0
 Oct  0  5  0
 Nov  0  16  0
 Dec  0  26  1

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  2 "  14  17 %
 Feb  2 "  12  18 %
 Mar  2 "  12  23 %
 Apr  3 "  13  33 %
 May  3 "  12  44 %
 Jun  4 "  12  55 %
 Jul  4 "  11  59 %
 Aug  3 "  11  59 %
 Sep  4 "  12  53 %
 Oct  3 "  13  41 %
 Nov  3 "  13  32 %
 Dec  3 "  15  23 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  21 "  22  11
 Feb  16 "  20  8
 Mar  12 "  11  5
 Apr  3 "  1  1
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  0 "  0  0
 Nov  6 "  3  2
 Dec  17 "  16  8

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Cost of Living for Western New York (Greater Niagara vacation region)

Western New York (Greater Niagara vacation region) cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

Real estate costs tend to be lower here than in many parts of the country. The options really are extensive and include home ownership, homes that can be rented, apartment buildings, and more. The area surrounding our small city of Batavia is quite rural, so homeowners enjoy quality, green space and distance between neighbors.

Senior Assistance in Western New York (Greater Niagara vacation region)

Western New York (Greater Niagara vacation region) offers the following assistance for seniors:

The Batavia Senior Center at the Genesee County Office for the Aging offers a full range of senior assistance from meals to transportation, tax preparation assistance etc. Genesee County aslo has several elder-care facilities and senior housing options.

What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does Western New York (Greater Niagara vacation region) Offer For Retirees?

The Batavia Senior Center (Office for the Aging) organizes volunteer opportunities for our seniors as part of the RSVP program (Retired Senior Volunteer Program). The seniors are offered a wide variety of volunteer locations from the schools, libraries, museums, and even to our very own Visitor Information Center which is staffed with senior volunteers during our peak summer season.

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