Introduction to Rochester, Indiana

Rochester, Indiana, in Fulton county, is 41 miles S of South Bend, Indiana and 89 miles N of Indianapolis, Indiana. The city's population is approximately 6,414.

Rochester History

Rochester is located on the banks of Lake Manitou. It is named after Rochester, New York. Fulton County was created in 1836 and named after Robert Fulton, the inventor of the steamboat. Local Native Americans believed that a monster lived in Lake Manitou, and the area was uninhabited until the 18th century. Early settlers named it Devil's Lake.

Rochester and nearby Attractions

  • Round Barn Museum
  • Bessinger's Hillfarm Wildlife Refuge
  • Prill School Museum
  • Marshall Co. Historical Museum
  • Potato Creek State Park

Things To Do In Rochester

The Tokens 'n' Tickets Amusement Park and the Bass Lake State Beach are popular local recreational spots. Bessinger's Hillfarm Wildlife Refuge and Potato Creek State Park offer opportunities for boating, fishing, hiking and camping. Local parks include the Round Barn Museum and the Prill School Museum. The Dykeman Park Golf Course is the local golf course. The Redbud Trail Rendezvous, the Round Barn Festival, and the Trail of Courage Living History Festival are some popular local festivals.

Rochester Transportation

Flights are available from South Bend Regional Airport.

Rochester Higher Education

Nearby colleges and universities include the University of Notre Dame, Indiana University-South Bend, Indiana Wesleyan University and Valparaiso University.


Total Population 6,151
Male Share of the Population 46%
Female Share of the Population 54%
Senior Citizens 21.2%
Employed Population 16+ 2,609
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 46.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.3%
Median Earnings25+ $27,488
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,897
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,031


Median Family Income $40,814
% Above Poverty Level 78.3%
% Below Poverty Level 21.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 6.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 43.1%
Median Gross Rent $620
Median House Value $88,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16%
US/American 0%
English 11.3%
Irish 8.1%

Rochester Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 41 miles S of South Bend, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 89 miles N of Indianapolis, Indiana
County Fulton
Standard Zip Codes 46975
Phone Area Codes 574
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.064
Longitude -86.215

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 0.1 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 30 F
Apr Temp 38 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.5 inches
Distance 19.3 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 31 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 42 to 64 F
Annual Precip 37.4 inches
Station WARSAW
Distance 21.6 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 31 F
Apr Temp 38 to 59 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 36.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Akron 1,337 $42,250
Burket 159 $65,909
Fulton 464 $45,000
Kewanna 774 $33,125
Macy 225 $41,750
Mentone 922 $50,000

Rochester Public Libraries

Fulton County Pl
Rochester, Indiana
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Student/teacher ratio: 17.9

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