Rochester Hills, Michigan

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Rochester Hills, Michigan

Introduction to Rochester Hills, Michigan

Rochester Hills, Michigan is 23 miles N of Detroit, Michigan. Rochester Hills is an affluent suburb of the Metro Detroit area. The residents are primarily professional and skilled workers. The northwestern portion of the town features luxurious homes and communities. A large number of business executives working in Detroit as well as professional athletes reside in this section of town. Rochester Hills is home to numerous corporate headquarters from a variety of industries including electronic research, plastic injection molding, structural engineering, tool and die, distribution and computer technology.

Rochester Hills History

The first settlers arrived in 1817. They were primarily from the state of New York, England and Canada. In 1835 Avon Township was established and consisted primarily of family farms. The location of the township was chosen due to the three local creeks which could supply water power for the mills. In 1850 the saw mills were thriving. Beginning in the early 1900's residents began commuting to the factories in the nearby cities for work. Some community members sold their farmland and relocated to large, nearby cities. The farmland was purchased and converted to housing areas and huge estates.

Rochester Hills Attractions

  • Bloomer Park.
  • Meadow Brook Hall is an impressive Tudor-revival style mansion situated at Oakland University.
  • Yates Cider Mill features a petting farm and pony rides.
  • Historic Stoney Creek Village.
  • Family Festival.
  • The Rochester Hills Museum is located at the historic Van Hoosen Farm which also includes a pioneer schoolhouse and the Van Hoosen Farmhouse.
  • Sloan Museum.
  • Walter P Chrysler Museum.

Rochester Hills Activities

Thelma G. Spencer Park includes a lake with a beach area, boat rental, paths for walking and bicycle riding and recreational facilities. Borden Park is a notable location for athletic activities. It includes five soccer fields, lighted athletic fields, roller hockey rinks and other sports venues. Residents enjoy the walking path which traverses through the city. The nearby Paint Creek Trail is situated in a scenic wooded area along a stream. The close by Stony Creek Loop is located in a grassy meadow. Stony Creek Metropark Trail is a beautiful area which was formerly the estate of the Sheldon Family.

Rochester Hills Higher Education

Rochester College and Oakland University are located in the area.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Rochester Hills Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Rochester Hills Well-Paid Single Men
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 6% Rochester Hills College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Rochester Hills Well-Paid Single Women
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Rochester Hills People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Rochester Hills Low Rate of Poverty
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 16% Rochester Hills Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Rochester Hills, Michigan

Comparing Rochester Hills 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 Men 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Age of the Population 8 8
Male Share of the Population 6 8
Female Share of the Population 5 4
Children Under 5 Years Old 5 5
Senior Citizens 4 3
Racial Diversity 3 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 10
Average Household Size 6 8


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 8 8
Short Commute Times 4 2
Walking and Biking to Work 3 6
Public Transportation Use 1 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 9 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 5
People Living Alone 4 2
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 1
Affordability of Rents 3 1
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 4

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Rochester Hills Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 23 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 42.658
Longitude -83.15

Rochester Hills Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 7.7 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 19.4 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 24 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 Hills Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 68,825 100%
Male 33,539 48.7%
Female 35,286 51.3%
Under 18 17,874 26%
18+ 50,951 74%
65+ 7,325 10.6%
Median Age 38.1
Average Family Size 3.11
White 61,084 88.8%
African-American 1,667 2.4%
Asian 4,652 6.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 139 0.2%
Other 322 0.5%
Mixed Race 941 1.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,576 2.3%

Estimated Rochester Hills Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 69,995
Growth 1,170
Growth % 1.7%

Rochester Hills 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%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.9%
Polish 10.5%
English 9.9%
Irish 9.7%
Italian 8.4%
US/American 4.4%
French (except Basque) 3%
Scottish 2.4%
French Canadian 1.5%
Dutch 1.4%
Scotch-Irish 1.3%
Swedish 1.1%
Norwegian 1%
Canadian 0.9%
Ukrainian 0.9%
Lebanese 0.9%
European 0.9%
Russian 0.7%
Greek 0.6%
British 0.6%
Belgian 0.6%
Finnish 0.5%
Romanian 0.5%
Hungarian 0.5%
Welsh 0.5%
Albanian 0.5%
Swiss 0.4%
Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac 0.4%
Danish 0.4%
Slovak 0.4%
Croatian 0.4%
Austrian 0.4%
Czech 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Serbian 0.2%
Arab/Arabic 0.2%
Iraqi 0.2%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Rochester Hills, 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 Hills 68,825 $89,653
Auburn Hills 19,837 $60,849
Bloomfield Hills 3,940 $200,001
Lake Angelus 326 $131,261
Rochester 10,467 $92,078
Troy 80,959 $92,058
Utica 4,577 $57,156

Starbucks in Rochester Hills

(As of 2005)
Hampton Corners
2972 South Rochester Road
Village of Rochester Hills
260 N. Adams Rd. Space # E-260
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Rochester Hills High Schools (2004)

(Sorted by Number of Students)

Serves 1,761 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.1

Serves 1,393 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.9

Serves 1,265 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.1

A Non-traditional School
Serves 80 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.5

Rochester Hills Colleges

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