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Rochester, NH

rochester New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Rochester Department of Economic Development
Karen Pollard, Deputy City Mgr/Dir Community Dev
31 Wakefield Street, City Hall
Rochester, NH 03867-1917
Telephone (603) 335-7522
Fax (603) 335-7597
E-mail karen.pollard@rochesternh.net
Web Site www.rochesternh.net

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 5 pm

County Strafford
Labor Market Area Rochester-Dover NH-ME Metro-NECTA, NH Portion
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Strafford Regional
Regional Development Southeast Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1 (All Wards)
Executive Council District District 2 (All Wards)
State Senate District District 6 (All Wards)
State Representative Strafford County Districts 7, 22 (Ward 1) 9, 23 (Ward 2) 10, 23 (Ward 3) 11, 24 (Ward 4) 12, 24 (Ward 5) 8, 22 (Ward 6)

Incorporated: 1722
Origin: This town was one of four granted by Samuel Shute during his brief term as Governor of Massachusetts, which at the time included the New Hampshire province. The 1722 grant included what is now Farmington and Milton, and was named for a close friend of Governor Shute, Laurence Hyde, Earl of Rochester, who was a brother-in-law to King James II. The first settlers arrived in 1728, but due to trouble with Indians, the settlement didn't experience any growth until about 1760. Rochester was incorporated as a city in 1891. It includes the village of Gonic, named for the Indian Squamanagona, meaning day and water.
Villages and Place Names: East Rochester, Gonic
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 2,857 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Rochester, the ninth largest numeric increase among the cities and towns, totaled 13,818 over 53 years, from 15,927 in 1960 to 29,745 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 24 percent increase between 1980 and 1990. The 2013 Census estimate for Rochester was 29,745 residents, which ranked sixth among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 663.5 persons per square mile of land area. Rochester contains 44.8 square miles of land area and 0.6 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Council/Manager
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014-2015 $34,321,907
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $57,345,083
Zoning Ordinance 1984/07
Master Plan 2001
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:City Council; Police; School
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Library; Conservation; Economic Development; Industrial Development; Arena; Historic; Utility; Arts & Culture
Public Library East Rochester Public; Rochester Public

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Municipal
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Frisbie Memorial, Rochester Local 82

Electric Supplier PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier Unitil
Water Supplier Municipal
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupMunicipal
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $26.36
2013 Equalization Ratio 99.7
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $25.50
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings74.7%
Commercial Land and Buildings22.7%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.6%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 14,003
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 7,392
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 2,061
Five or More Units in Structure 2,035
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 2,515
Total Population Community County
2013 29,823 124,119
2010 29,752 123,143
2000 28,563 112,676
1990 26,722 104,348
1980 21,560 85,408
1970 17,938 70,431
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   14,253 Female:   15,577
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 1,422
Age 5 to 19 4,920
Age 20 to 34 5,668
Age 35 to 54 9,058
Age 55 to 64 4,091
Age 65 and over 4,671
Median Age 42.6 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 89.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher 19.4%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $28,135
Median family income $62,044
Median household income $49,366
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $45,571
Female $36,070
Individuals below the poverty level 12.3%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 15,981 16,390
Employed 15,267 15,468
Unemployed 714 922
Unemployment Rate 4.5% 5.6%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 1,708 1,759
Average Weekly Wage $773 $1,199
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 8,055 7,885
Average Weekly Wage $621 $670
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 9,763 9,644
Average Weekly Wage $647 $766
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 1,295 1,391
Average Weekly Wage $604 $776
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 11,059 11,035
Average Weekly Wage $642 $768

Schools students attend: Rochester operates grades K-12 SAU 54
Career Technology Center(s): Dover Career Technical Center; Creteau Regional Technology Center, Rochester; Somersworth Career Technical Center Region: 12
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 8 1 2 4
Grade Levels P K 1-5 6-8 9-12 K 1-12
Total Enrollment 1,873 946 1,442 174
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 24 Total Capacity: 1,091
Nearest Community/Technical College: Great Bay
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH

City of Rochester Municipal services 617 1891
Frisbie Memorial Hospital Health care services 655 1919
Albany Engineered Composites Aerospace engineered products 433 1985
Hannaford Brothers Supermarket 464 1963
Wal-Mart Supercenter Retail store, supermarket 295 1970
Market Basket Supermarket 320 1996
Waste Management Recycling & solid waste 200 1983
Laars Technologies Boilers & water heaters 185 1984
City of Rochester - Schools Education 1,155 1751
Eastern Propane & Oil Retail propane & oil 310 1989

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes 202
State Routes 11, 16, 108, 125, 202A
Nearest Interstate, Exit Spaulding Tpk., Exits 12-16; I-95, Exit 5
Distance Local access; 21 miles
Railroad NH Northcoast
Public Transportation COAST
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Skyhaven, Rochester
Runway 4,001 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 46 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 43 miles
Portland, ME 51 miles
Boston, MA 75 miles
New York City, NY 289 miles
Montreal, Quebec 271 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 80.8%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 12.6%
Public transportation 0.9%
Walked 2.5%
Other Means 0.4%
Worked at home 2.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 25 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 33.3%
Commuting to another NH community 59.7%
Commuting out-of-state 7%
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
X Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Cinemas
X Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
X Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
X Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Gunstock
Other: Rochester Fair; Live Performances; Opera House; Skyhaven Airport; Farmer's Markets; Art Galleries; History Museum; Oktoberfest

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, November 2014.
Community Response Received 6/17/2014

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