Rochester, Illinois

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Rochester, Illinois

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High Points

Rochester strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Illinois):

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Rochester Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Rochester People in Middle Class or Better
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Rochester Median Family Income
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Rochester College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Rochester Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Rochester Well-Paid Single Men
Short Commute Times
(vs. State)
Top 15% Rochester Short Commute Times

Comparative Profile of Rochester, Illinois

Comparing Rochester to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Illinois (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Women 10 9
Well-Paid Single Men 9 8
Age of the Population 8 9
Male Share of the Population 6 6
Female Share of the Population 5 5
Racial Diversity 3 4
Senior Citizens 3 3
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 10
Average Household Size 8 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 10 10
Median Family Income 10 9
College Educated Adults 10 10

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 8 9
Walking and Biking to Work 8 8
Working at Home 7 8
Public Transportation Use 6 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 8 9
Affordability of Rents 3 4
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 2
People Living Alone 2 2
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 3
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 1

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Rochester Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles SE of Springfield, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 87 miles NE of St. Louis, Missouri
County Sangamon
Metro Area Springfield
Standard Zip Codes 62563
Phone Area Codes 217
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.749
Longitude -89.531

Rochester Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 10.6 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 33 F
Apr Temp 42 to 63 F
Jul Temp 66 to 87 F
Oct Temp 44 to 67 F
Annual Precip 35.5 inches
Distance 23.3 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 32 F
Apr Temp 41 to 63 F
Jul Temp 65 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 67 F
Annual Precip 35 inches
Distance 28.6 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 34 F
Apr Temp 41 to 64 F
Jul Temp 64 to 88 F
Oct Temp 42 to 68 F
Annual Precip 37.5 inches
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Rochester Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 2,893 100%
Male 1,402 48.5%
Female 1,491 51.5%
Under 18 797 27.5%
18+ 2,096 72.5%
65+ 327 11.3%
Median Age 40.3
Average Family Size 3.05
White 2,854 98.7%
African-American 8 0.3%
Asian 11 0.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 1 0%
Other 3 0.1%
Mixed Race 15 0.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 20 0.7%

Estimated Rochester Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 3,004
Growth 111
Growth % 3.8%

Rochester Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 28.3%
English 18.8%
Irish 14.2%
Italian 7.2%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.8%
US/American 3.9%
Scottish 3.4%
Swedish 3%
Scotch-Irish 2.3%
Polish 2%
Czechoslovakian 1.8%
European 1.7%
Dutch 1.5%
French (except Basque) 1.3%
Norwegian 1%
Greek 0.8%
Welsh 0.8%
Russian 0.7%
Lithuanian 0.5%
Danish 0.5%
Austrian 0.5%
Swiss 0.4%
Hungarian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Rochester, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Berry (62563)
Breckenridge (62563)
Buckhart (62563)
New City (62563)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Rochester 2,893 $73,191
Dawson 466 $59,375
Grandview 1,537 $39,485
Jerome 1,414 $48,362
Riverton 3,048 $49,150
Southern View 1,695 $47,386
Springfield 111,454 $51,298

Rochester Public Libraries

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Rochester High Schools (2004)

Serves 589 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

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