Rochester is a very small village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 3,709 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Rochester is the 388th largest community in Illinois.
Rochester is a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 87.08% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Rochester is a village of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Rochester who work in management occupations (14.83%), business and financial occupations (13.36%), and teaching (8.89%).
Also of interest is that Rochester has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
In addition, Rochester is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.
Because of many things, Rochester is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Rochester really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Rochester perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
Rochester is a very car-oriented village. 97.36% of residents commute to work in a private automobile rather than by other means, such as public transit, bicycling, or walking. This is because Rochester is a small village , and most people who live here have to drive out of town for work, and the town population is not large nor dense enough to support an extensive public transportation system. Rochester has a lot of rural roads, and houses can be far apart. Many residents drive out of town for regular shopping trips as well.
Being a small village, Rochester does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Rochester. 57.30% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.
The per capita income in Rochester in 2018 was $43,210, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $172,840 for a family of four.
The people who call Rochester home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Rochester residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Rochester include German, English, Irish, Italian, and French.
The most common language spoken in Rochester is English. Other important languages spoken here include Italian and Polish.