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City of Rochester, Indiana
Rochester business district
Rochester business district
Motto(s): 
"The City of Friendship and Pride"
Location of Rochester in Fulton County, Indiana.
Location of Rochester in Fulton County, Indiana.
Country United States
State Indiana
County Fulton
Settled 1835; 187 years ago (1835)
Incorporated Town June 11, 1853; 169 years ago (1853-06-11)
Incorporated City October 11, 1909; 113 years ago (1909-10-11)
Area
 • Total 5.68 sq mi (14.71 km2)
 • Land 4.57 sq mi (11.84 km2)
 • Water 1.11 sq mi (2.87 km2)  19.14%
Elevation
781 ft (238 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 6,218
 • Estimate 
(2019)
5,994
 • Density 1,311.02/sq mi (506.19/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
46975
Area code 574
FIPS code 18-65214
GNIS feature ID 0442186
Website http://www.rochester.in.us/

Rochester is a city in, and the county seat of, Fulton County, Indiana, United States. The population was 6,218 at the 2010 census.

History

Rochester was laid out in 1835. The founder Alexander Chamberlain named it for his former hometown of Rochester, New York. The Rochester post office was established in 1836.

The Potawatomi Trail of Death came though the town in 1838.

Rochester was incorporated as a city in 1853.

The Lyman M. Brackett House, Fulton County Courthouse, Rochester Downtown Historic District, and John W. Smith House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The formerly listed Germany Bridge was located nearby.

Geography

According to the 2010 census, Rochester has a total area of 5.801 square miles (15.02 km2), of which 4.69 square miles (12.15 km2) (or 80.85%) is land and 1.111 square miles (2.88 km2) (or 19.15%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 283
1860 651 130.0%
1870 1,528 134.7%
1880 1,869 22.3%
1890 2,467 32.0%
1900 3,421 38.7%
1910 3,364 −1.7%
1920 3,720 10.6%
1930 3,518 −5.4%
1940 3,835 9.0%
1950 4,673 21.9%
1960 4,883 4.5%
1970 4,631 −5.2%
1980 5,050 9.0%
1990 5,969 18.2%
2000 6,414 7.5%
2010 6,218 −3.1%
2019 (est.) 5,994 −3.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
Magnapop performing in a record store with flyers for their album tacked on the wall behind them
Rochester's Romanesque styled historic courthouse is guarded by stone lions.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 6,218 people, 2,702 households, and 1,650 families living in the city. The population density was 1,325.8 inhabitants per square mile (511.9/km2). There were 3,211 housing units at an average density of 684.6 per square mile (264.3/km2). The racial makup of the city was 95.9% White, 0.6% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 1.0% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.4% of the population.

Of the 2,702 households 28.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.2% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.9% were non-families. 33.8% of households were one person and 16.1% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.84.

The median age was 41.6 years. 22.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.9% were from 25 to 44; 26.6% were from 45 to 64; and 19.5% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.

Parks and recreation

Located on the east side of Rochester, Lake Manitou is a popular place in the summer for boating and other water-related activities.

Historic Structures

Education

Rochester has a public library, a branch of the Fulton County Public Library. The Rochester Community School Corporation is housed in Rochester, operating two elementary level schools (Columbia, PK-grade 1 and Riddle, grades 2–4), Rochester Middle School (grades 5–7) and Rochester Community High School (grades 8–12).

Notable people

  • Nicole Gale Anderson, actress
  • Jorge Argüello, 2011-13 Ambassador of Argentina to the United States
  • Margret Holmes Bates (1844-1927), author
  • Otis R. Bowen, fourth United States Secretary of Health and Human Services was born nearby
  • John Angus Chamberlain, sculptor
  • Thurman C. Crook, one-term U.S. congressman
  • Gene DeWeese, science fiction writer, was born in Rochester
  • Ron Herrell, former member of the Indiana House of Representatives
  • Elmo Lincoln, film actor and subject of the biography My Father, Elmo Lincoln: The Original Tarzan
  • Ray Mowe, shortstop for the 1913 Brooklyn Dodgers
  • Clyde Short, Chairman of the Kansas Democratic Party, 1934-1936
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