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Overview

Introduction to Rochester, New Hampshire

Rochester, New Hampshire, in Strafford county, is 32 miles NE of Manchester, New Hampshire and 65 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts.

Rochester History

Originally inhabited by Abenaki Indians of the Pennacook tribe, the town was granted to settlers by Colonial Governor Samuel Shute. It was officially incorporated in 1722, named in honor of the Earl of Rochester. Actual settlement of Rochester was delayed until 1728 because of conflict with the Indian tribes.

Rochester and nearby Attractions

  • Rochester Historical Society Museum
  • Rochester Opera House
  • Rochester Common
  • Durham Historic Museum
  • Rundlet May House

Things To Do In Rochester

Rochester offers a wide variety of opportunities for recreation, including the Rochester Opera House, the Pawtuckaway State Park and the Splashtown Amusement Park. Those interested in the area' history may enjoy a visit to the Rochester Historical Society Museum or the Rundlet May House.

Rochester Transportation

Air transportation facilities are available at Pease International Airport.

Rochester Higher Education

Higher education can be pursued at the University of New Hampshire, Northern Essex Community College, New Hampshire College and the University of New England - University Campus.

People

Total Population 29,954
Male Share of the Population 47.4%
Female Share of the Population 52.6%
Senior Citizens 16.8%
Employed Population 16+ 14,573
Age of the Population 42

Families

% of people married 44.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.8%
Median Earnings25+ $33,676
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,412
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,605

Wealth

Median Family Income $59,519
% Above Poverty Level 86.8%
% Below Poverty Level 13.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation 1.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 29.2%
Median Gross Rent $901
Median House Value $163,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.4%
US/American 0%
English 17.3%
Irish 19.1%

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

Rochester Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 32 miles NE of Manchester, New Hampshire (center to center)
Nearest Large City 65 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts
County Strafford
Standard Zip Codes 03839, 03867, 03868
P.O. Box Zip Codes 03866
Phone Area Codes 603
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.304
Longitude -70.976

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 DURHAM
Distance 10.8 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 33 F
Apr Temp 34 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 42.8 inches
Station EPPING
Distance 19.5 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 33 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 61 F
Annual Precip 44.5 inches
Station KENNEBUNKPORT
Distance 25.8 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 32 F
Apr Temp 32 to 52 F
Jul Temp 57 to 76 F
Oct Temp 36 to 58 F
Annual Precip 47 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

East Rochester (03868)

Gonic (03839)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Barrington 8,749 $97,869
Dover 30,534 $77,655
Farmington 6,825 $64,875
Milton 4,606 $67,991
Somersworth 11,778 $66,086
Strafford 4,036 $101,827

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

Rochester Public Libraries

Library
Rochester Public Library
65 SOUTH MAIN STREET
Rochester, New Hampshire
(603) 332-1428
Library Web Site
East Rochester Public Library
57 MAIN STREET
Rochester, New Hampshire
(603) 332-2309

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Rochester Hospitals

FRISBIE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
11 WHITEHALL ROAD
(603) 332-5211
Emergency Service: Yes

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603-332-0757
Serves 1,626 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.5

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