Rochester, Michigan

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Rochester, Michigan

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 contains a population of approximately 10,467.

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.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Rochester Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Rochester Well-Paid Single Men
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 3% trophy Rochester Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 5% trophy Rochester People in Middle Class or Better
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Rochester College Educated Adults
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Rochester Median Family Income
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Rochester Low Property Crime

Comparative Profile of Rochester, Michigan

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

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

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Children Under 5 Years Old 8 8
Male Share of the Population 7 7
Racial Diversity 5 8
Female Share of the Population 5 4
Age of the Population 4 5
Senior Citizens 3 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 4 5
Average Household Size 2 2


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 8 8
Walking and Biking to Work 6 6
Public Transportation Use 4 7
Short Commute Times 3 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 10 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 9 9
Housing Recently Built 7 9
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 6 4
Affordability of Rents 4 2
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 9 9
Low Violent Crime 8 8

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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

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
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
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
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
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Rochester Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 10,467 100%
Male 5,077 48.5%
Female 5,390 51.5%
Under 18 2,417 23.1%
18+ 8,050 76.9%
65+ 1,069 10.2%
Median Age 35.6
Average Family Size 3
White 9,670 92.4%
African-American 234 2.2%
Asian 386 3.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 26 0.2%
Other 25 0.2%
Mixed Race 125 1.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 176 1.7%

Estimated Rochester Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 11,209
Growth 742
Growth % 7.1%

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 17.3%
Polish 10.9%
English 10.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.3%
Irish 9.5%
Italian 7%
US/American 3.6%
French (except Basque) 3.5%
Scottish 3.5%
Swedish 3%
Dutch 2%
French Canadian 1.7%
Norwegian 1.4%
Scotch-Irish 1.1%
Canadian 1.1%
Greek 1%
Hungarian 1%
Belgian 0.8%
Russian 0.8%
Slovak 0.7%
Finnish 0.7%
Lebanese 0.7%
Welsh 0.6%
Iraqi 0.5%
British 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.5%
Swiss 0.4%
Estonian 0.3%
Albanian 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Maltese 0.3%
Yugoslavian 0.3%
Syrian 0.3%
Croatian 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Danish 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
European 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Jordanian 0.2%
Egyptian 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:

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 Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Rochester 10,467 $92,078
Auburn Hills 19,837 $60,849
Bloomfield Hills 3,940 $200,001
Pontiac 66,337 $36,391
Rochester Hills 68,825 $89,653
Troy 80,959 $92,058
Utica 4,577 $57,156

Rochester Public Libraries

Rochester Hills Public Library
Rochester, Michigan
(248) 656-2900
Library Web Site

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Rochester Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(248) 652-5200
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Rochester

(As of 2005)
439 Rochester Road
65 S Livernois
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