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Overview

Introduction to Rochester, Michigan

Rochester, Michigan, in Oakland county, is 1 mile NE of Rochester Hills, Michigan and 24 miles N of Detroit, Michigan The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Detroit metropolitan area.

Rochester History

The Graham family was the first European settlers in this area. The city was named after Rochester, New York. In 1895, the population was 900. The city became an active industrial center with abundant waterpower from Clinton River and Paint Creek. The village of Rochester was formed on April 12, 1869 and Rochester was incorporated as a city in 1966.

Rochester and nearby Attractions

  • Rochester Hills Museum
  • Bloomer Park
  • Borden Park
  • Spencer Park
  • Municipal Park
  • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve

Things To Do In Rochester

The Rochester Parks department maintains seven parks in the city to serve the recreation needs of its people. You can visit the Farmer's Market, which opens every Saturday. There are also many theatres in the city.

Rochester Transportation

The nearest major airport is Oakland County International Airport.

Rochester Higher Education

Some of the colleges and universities in the area are Oakland University, University of Phoenix-Detroit Campus and Oakland Community College-Bloomfield Hills Campus.

People

Total Population 12,909
Male Share of the Population 48.6%
Female Share of the Population 51.4%
Senior Citizens 13.6%
Employed Population 16+ 6,623
Age of the Population 41

Families

% of people married 54.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 59.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $121,510
% Above Poverty Level 94.5%
% Below Poverty Level 5.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 6.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 36.5%
Median Gross Rent $828
Median House Value $291,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.6%
US/American 0.4%
English 10.1%
Irish 12.9%

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

Rochester Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 1 miles NE of Rochester Hills, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 24 miles N of Detroit, Michigan
County Oakland
Standard Zip Codes 48306, 48307, 48309
P.O. Box Zip Codes 48308
Phone Area Codes 248
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.68
Longitude -83.133

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 PONTIAC STATE HOSPITAL
Distance 8.7 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 30 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 60 F
Annual Precip 30 inches
Station DETROIT CITY AP
Distance 20.6 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 33 F
Apr Temp 39 to 59 F
Jul Temp 66 to 85 F
Oct Temp 45 to 62 F
Annual Precip 0 inches
Station DEARBORN
Distance 25.7 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 33 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 86 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 33.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Goodison (48306)

Oakland (48306)

Oakland Township (48306)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Auburn Hills 22,085 $62,711
Bloomfield Hills 3,956 $232,813
Pontiac 59,928 $32,195
Rochester Hills 72,643 $103,685
Troy 82,542 $101,098
Utica 4,794 $63,663

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

Rochester Public Libraries

Library
Rochester Hills Public Library
500 OLDE TOWNE ROAD
Rochester, Michigan
(248) 656-2900
Library Web Site

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Rochester Hospitals

CRITTENTON HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1101 W UNIVERSITY DRIVE
(248) 652-5200
Emergency Service: Yes

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