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.

Rochester Almanac

CountyStrafford County
Standard Zip Codes03867, 03868, 03839
P.O. Box Zip Codes3866
Phone Area Codes603
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude43.3
Approximate Longitude-70.97

Rochester Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance10.8 miles
Jan Temp13 to 33 F
Apr Temp34 to 58 F
Jul Temp58 to 83 F
Oct Temp38 to 62 F
Annual Precip42.8 inches
Distance19.5 miles
Jan Temp13 to 33 F
Apr Temp34 to 57 F
Jul Temp58 to 83 F
Oct Temp37 to 61 F
Annual Precip44.5 inches
Distance25.8 miles
Jan Temp11 to 32 F
Apr Temp32 to 52 F
Jul Temp57 to 76 F
Oct Temp36 to 58 F
Annual Precip47 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income

Rochester Public Libraries

Rochester Public Library
Rochester, New Hampshire
(603) 332-1428

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Rochester Hospitals

Frisbie Memorial Hospital
11 Whitehall Road
(603) 332-5211

Rochester Public Schools

Bud Carlson Academy
Rochester School Department, 150 Wakefield Street Suite 8
ZIP: 3867
(603) 332-3678
Total Enrollment 60
Chamberlain Street School
65 Chamberlain St.
ZIP: 3867
(603) 332-5258
Total Enrollment 386
Maple Street Magnet School
27 Maple Street
ZIP: 3867
(603) 332-6481
Total Enrollment 114
Mcclelland School
59 Brock St.
ZIP: 3867
(603) 332-2180
Total Enrollment 405
Rochester Middle School
47 Brock St.
ZIP: 3867
(603) 332-4090
Total Enrollment 958
School Street School
13 School St.
ZIP: 3867
(603) 332-6483
Total Enrollment 86
Spaulding High School
130 Wakefield St.
ZIP: 3867
(603) 332-0757
Total Enrollment 1363
William Allen School
23 Granite St.
ZIP: 3867
(603) 332-2280
Total Enrollment 351

Rochester Private Schools

St Leo Catholic Childrens Center
59 Main St
ZIP: 3839
Total Enrollment 9
Emmanuel Child Care Center
24 Eastern Ave
ZIP: 3867
Total Enrollment 4
Lighthouse Christian Academy
17 Heaton St
ZIP: 3867
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 14
Monarch School Of New England
61 Eastern Ave
ZIP: 3867
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 32
St Elizabeth Seton School
16 Bridge St
ZIP: 3867
Total Enrollment 121
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