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Statistics and Facts of Rochester Michigan
The first settlers in what would become Rochester, the Graham family, built a log cabin in 1817. The cabin was located where the "Quik-Pik & Penn Station" store is at the intersection of Main and Second Street.
The city was named for Rochester, New York.
By 1895, Rochester's population was 900.
The city became an industrial center with abundant waterpower from the Clinton River and Paint Creek. Rochester was served by two railroads as well as the Detroit United Railway, a passenger trolley to Royal Oak and Detroit.
Chapman Mill Pond, east of downtown, disappeared into the Paint Creek when the dam broke during the flood of 1946. The reclaimed land is the site of the current post office, library, and Olde Town Road.
Michigan was declared the 37th state in 1837, and the Village of Rochester was formed on April 12, 1869. The Village of Rochester became a city in 1966.
People of note
Madonna, singer and entertainer graduated from Rochester Adams High School in 1976. She also attended Holy Family Regional School and West Middle School.
Peter Vanderkaay, Olympic swimmer graduated from Rochester Adams High School in 2002. He won a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in the 4x200 free style relay.
Paul Davis, professional basketball player graduated from Rochester High School and earned Mr. Basketball of Michigan honors in 2002. He played for Michigan State University and was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in 2006.
Robert Simpson Woodward, physicist and mathematician was born in Rochester, Michigan in 1849. Among many achievements, he was a professor at Columbia University, president of the American Mathematical Society, and Dean of Carnegie Institute in Washington.
Jason Varitek, catcher for the Boston Red Sox, was born in Rochester, Michigan on April 11, 1972. In 2005 he was named the captain of the Red Sox, the third player given the honor.
Population (year 2000): 10,467. Estimated population in July 2006: 11,239 (+7.4% change)
Males: 5,077 (48.5%)
Females: 5,390 (51.5%)
Median resident age: 35.6 years
Michigan median age: 35.5 years
Zip codes: 48306, 48307, 48309.
Estimated median household income in 2005: $67,400 (it was $65,179 in 2000)
Estimated median house/condo value in 2005: $328,800 (it was $260,700 in 2000)
Ancestries: German (25.2%), English (15.1%), Irish (14.4%), Polish (13.3%), Italian (7.1%), French (5.9%).
Elevation: 749 feet
Land area: 3.86 square miles. Population density: 2903 people per square mile (average).
For population 25 years and over in Rochester
High school or higher: 94.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher: 52.1%
Graduate or professional degree: 20.1%
Mean travel time to work: 27.6 minutes
For population 15 years and over in Rochester city
Never married: 27.2%
Now married: 57.8%
903 residents are foreign born (3.8% Asia, 2.6% Europe, 1.5% North America).
This city: 8.6%
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Rochester: 1.2% ($3,076)
Michigan: 1.3% ($1,461)
Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Rochester Hills, MI (2.5 miles , pop. 68,825).
Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Detroit, MI (20.7 miles , pop. 951,270).
Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (318.2 miles , pop. 2,896,016).
Nearest cities: Rochester Hills, MI (2.5 miles ), Shelby, MI (6.5 miles ), Troy, MI (7.3 miles ), Utica, MI (8.0 miles ), Auburn Hills, MI (8.1 miles ), Sterling Heights, MI (9.9 miles ), Clawson, MI (10.5 miles ), Lake Orion, MI (10.7 miles ).
Latitude: 42.68 N, Longitude: 83.13 W
Daytime population change due to commuting: +5,140 (+49.1%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 962 (17.1%)
Area code: 248
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees in 2006: 26 (19 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here: 1.70
US city average: 3.00
Hospitals/medical centers near Rochester:
WILLIAM BEAUMONT HOSPITAL (about 7 miles; TROY, MI)
PROVIDENCE HOSPITAL (about 9 miles; SOUTHFIELD, MI)
HAVENWYCK HOSPITAL (about 12 miles; AUBURN HILLS, MI)
Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Rochester:
OAKLAND COUNTY INTERNATIONAL (about 21 miles; PONTIAC, MI; ID: PTK)
DETROIT CITY (about 22 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: DET)
DETROIT METROPOLITAN WAYNE COUNTY (about 37 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: DTW)
Other public-use airports nearest to Rochester:
OAKLAND/TROY (about 11 miles; TROY, MI; ID: 7D2)
BERZ-MACOMB (about 13 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: UIZ)
ROMEO STATE (about 13 miles; ROMEO, MI; ID: D98)
Amtrak stations near Rochester:
11 miles: BIRMINGHAM (449 S. ETON ST.). Services: public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service, public transit connection.
13 miles: PONTIAC (1600 WIDE TRACK DR.). Services: partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public payphones, vending machines, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service, intercity bus service, public transit connection.
14 miles: ROYAL OAK (201 S. SHERMAN DR.). Services: enclosed waiting area, public payphones, vending machines, paid short-term parking, taxi stand, intercity bus service, public transit connection.
Local government website: www.rhpl.org/R
College/University in Rochester:
U S SCUBA INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT CENTER (Location: 515 S ROCHESTER RD; Private, for-profit; Website: www.usscuba.com)
Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Rochester:
OAKLAND UNIVERSITY (about 5 miles; ROCHESTER HILLS, MI; Full-time enrollment: 11,424)
UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX-DETROIT CAMPUS (about 7 miles; TROY, MI; FT enrollment: 2,090)
OAKLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE-BLOOMFIELD HILLS CAMPUS (about 10 miles; BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI; FT enrollment: 11,634)
MACOMB COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 15 miles; WARREN, MI; FT enrollment: 11,057)
LAWRENCE TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY (about 17 miles; SOUTHFIELD, MI; FT enrollment: 2,479)
SCHOOLCRAFT COLLEGE (about 25 miles; LIVONIA, MI; FT enrollment: 4,780)
HENRY FORD COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 27 miles; DEARBORN, MI; FT enrollment: 6,572)
Public elementary/middle school in Rochester:
MCGREGOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 402; Location: 1101 W. 1ST STREET; Grades: KG - 05)
Private elementary/middle schools in Rochester:
ST JOHN LUTHERAN SCHOOL (Students: 652; Location: 1011 W UNIVERSITY DRIVE; Grades: PK - 8)
HOLY FAMILY REGIONAL SCHOOL (Students: 561; Location: 1240 INGLEWOOD; Grades: KG - 8)
ACADIA MONTESSORI (Students: 86; Location: 254 1/2 HAMPTON CIR; Grades: PK - 2)
OAK ARBOR CHURCH SCHOOL (Students: 18; Location: OAK ARBOR DRIVE; Grades: 1 - 6)
Library in Rochester:
ROCHESTER HILLS PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $3,678,528; Location: 500 OLDE TOWNE ROAD; 205,291 books; 21,470 audio materials; 8,360 video materials; 498 serial subscriptions)
Average household size:
This city: 2.2 people
Michigan: 2.6 people
Percentage of family households:
This city: 56.5%
Whole state: 68.0%
Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city: 3.8%
Whole state: 5.3%
Residents with income below the poverty level in 1999:
This city: 2.7%
Whole state: 10.5%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 1999:
This city: 1.1%
Whole state: 4.8%