Introduction to New Rochelle, New York

New Rochelle, New York, in Westchester county, is 15 miles NE of New York, New York. New Rochelle is situated on the beautiful Long Island Sound in the southeast part of the state. It's a bedroom community for New York City. It's a popular destination during the summer. The downtown area has gone through extensive revitalization and includes numerous offices, shopping areas, luxury residences, condominiums and apartments.

Outside of the downtown area the city is filled with extensive residential neighborhoods. New Rochelle features some of the most expensive real estate in the nation. The local schools have been given the Blue Ribbon Award from the United States Department of Education on numerous occasions. Manhattan's Grand Central Station is approximately a 35 minute train ride from New Rochelle.

New Rochelle History

The Siwanoy Indians were the original inhabitants. The town was established by Huguenots in 1688. They came to America to escape the powerful Catholic pogroms in France. The name New Rochelle was taken due to the large number of the residents who formerly lived in La Rochelle France. During the 18th century the town was primarily an agricultural community. The population significantly grew during the late 1800's and it became a popular summer resort after the arrival of the New York & New Haven Railroad. A large number of residents commuted to New York city for work.

New Rochelle Attractions

  • The downtown entertainment complex, known as New Roc City includes a large movie theater complex, an indoor ice-hockey facility, go-karts, restaurants and other venues
  • Execution Rocks Lighthouse
  • St. John's Wilmot Church is a historic Episcopal parish
  • Trinity St. Paul's Episcopal church is included in the National Register of Historic Places
  • New Rochelle City Hall is an impressive structure
  • Huguenot Children's Library
  • New Rochelle Opera Company

New Rochelle Activities

The beautiful coastline provides residents and visitors with excellent opportunities for outdoor recreation. The Long Island Sound area includes yacht, rowing as well as sailing clubs. Numerous beach associations are located on Davenport Neck. The New York Athletic Club is situated on Travers Island which borders New Rochelle. The municipality runs a large marina which includes a vast number of slips and mooring spaces.

New Rochelle has a notable group of parklands and nature preserves. Glen Island includes an impressive castle structure and an excellent beach. It's accessible from the mainland by a drawbridge. Five Islands Park is a collection of islands which are connected by footbridges and walkways and are used for hiking, camping and outdoor activities. Hudson Park is situated on the harbor and features a beach area and a station of the United States Coast Guard as well as yacht and rowing clubs.

David's Island includes a wife variety of birds and wildlife and features sandy beaches. Ward Acres includes forest areas, meadows and is popular for hiking. The Leatherstocking Trail is enjoyed by hikers. Twin Lakes Park features wooded areas, marshlands, two lakes and numerous trails. Golf enthusiasts enjoy the Wykagyl Country Club and Pelham Country Club.

New Rochelle Transportation

The city includes a commuter railroad station. Service is provided by Metro North and Amtrak.

New Rochelle Higher Education

The city is home to the College of New Rochelle, Iona College and Monroe College.


Total Population 79,027
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 15.1%
Employed Population 16+ 37,634
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 47.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 42.2%
Median Earnings25+ $47,744
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,264
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,452


Median Family Income $89,547
% Above Poverty Level 88.9%
% Below Poverty Level 11.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 5.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.9%
% Using Public Transportation 21.8%


People Living Alone 28.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,359
Median House Value $552,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 46.2%
US/American 0.3%
English 1.8%
Irish 8.3%

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

New Rochelle Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 15 miles NE of New York, New York
County Westchester
Standard Zip Codes 10801, 10803, 10804, 10805
P.O. Box Zip Codes 10802
Phone Area Codes 914
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.911
Longitude -73.782

New Rochelle Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 5.1 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 39 F
Apr Temp 38 to 63 F
Jul Temp 62 to 86 F
Oct Temp 41 to 65 F
Annual Precip 46.4 inches
Distance 6.7 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 38 F
Apr Temp 40 to 62 F
Jul Temp 65 to 85 F
Oct Temp 45 to 65 F
Annual Precip 52.1 inches
Distance 13.1 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 38 F
Apr Temp 44 to 61 F
Jul Temp 69 to 84 F
Oct Temp 50 to 64 F
Annual Precip 49.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Wykagyl (10804)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bronxville 6,409 $250
Eastchester 32,880 $140,846
Pelham 12,560 $174,028

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

New Rochelle Public Libraries

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New Rochelle Hospitals

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(914) 632-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

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