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Overview

Introduction to Rochester, Indiana

Rochester, Indiana, in Fulton county, is 41 miles S of South Bend, Indiana and 89 miles N of Indianapolis, Indiana.

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.

People

Total Population 6,123
Male Share of the Population 48.6%
Female Share of the Population 51.4%
Senior Citizens 22.1%
Employed Population 16+ 2,551
Age of the Population 45

Families

% of people married 48%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $44,640
% Above Poverty Level 81.3%
% Below Poverty Level 18.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 6.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 44.1%
Median Gross Rent $614
Median House Value $89,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.9%
US/American 0%
English 10.9%
Irish 8.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station ROCHESTER
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
Station WINAMAC 2 SSE
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 1,488 $44,338
Burket 148 $44,000
Fulton 516 $41,406
Kewanna 797 $33,571
Macy 269 $41,667
Mentone 937 $53,409

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Rochester Public Libraries

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320 WEST 7TH ST
Rochester, Indiana
(574) 223-2713
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1 ZEBRA LN
574-223-2176
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Student/teacher ratio: 17.9

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