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Welcome to Rochester ...

The village of Rochester is located in Sangamon County<1>.

The location of Rochester has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

The pronunciation of Rochester: RAH-ches-tuhr<3>

When the people of Rochester refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Rochesterian<4>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Rochester has a population of 3,728 people<5> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Rochester.

Rochester is 570 feet [174 m] above sea level.<6>.

Time Zone: Rochester lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

The area code for Rochester: (217)

The ZIP code for Rochester: 62563<7>

Websites for Rochester ...

Official Website: www.rochesteril.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Rochester had an population of 3,728 people. This is an increase of 1.06% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 28.86% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Rochester had a population of 3,689 people. This makes Rochester the county's 5th most populous community.

The population of Rochester represents 0.03% of the population of Illinois (which has 12,830,632 people), making it the state's 390th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 3,689 people, the population of Rochester increased 27.51% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 2,893 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Rochester.

Communities Also Named Rochester ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are two Illinois communities named Rochester: This one is located in Sangamon County and the other is located in Wabash County.

Beyond Illinois, there are 32 communities that are also named Rochester - they are located in Alberta, California, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas (6), Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana (2), Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio (4), Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Rochester.

Communities near Rochester ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Rochester.

  • Springfield [Sangamon County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Springfield
    • Springfield [Sangamon County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<8> to the west of Rochester
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 113,671 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Springfield
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Springfield<9>
  • Chatham [Sangamon County]
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    • Chatham [Sangamon County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<8> to the southwest of Rochester
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 13,159 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Chatham have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chatham
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Chatham<9>
  • Taylorville [Christian County]
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    • Taylorville [Christian County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<8> to the southeast of Rochester
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 10,280 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Taylorville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Taylorville<9>
  • Sherman [Sangamon County]
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    • Sherman [Sangamon County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<8> to the northwest of Rochester
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,660 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sherman
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sherman<9>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Auburn [Sangamon County]
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      • Auburn [Sangamon County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<8> to the southwest of Rochester
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,591 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Auburn
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Auburn<9>
    • Riverton [Sangamon County]
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      • Riverton [Sangamon County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<8> to the north of Rochester
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,430 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Riverton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Riverton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Riverton<9>
    • Pawnee [Sangamon County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pawnee
      • Pawnee [Sangamon County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<8> to the south of Rochester
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,646 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pawnee have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pawnee
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pawnee<9>
    • Athens [Menard County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Athens
      • Athens [Menard County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<8> to the northwest of Rochester
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,893 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Athens
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Athens<9>
    • Jerome [Sangamon County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jerome
      • Jerome [Sangamon County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<8> to the west of Rochester
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,575 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Jerome have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jerome
    • Southern View [Sangamon County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Southern View
      • Southern View [Sangamon County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<8> to the west of Rochester
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,557 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Southern View have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Southern View

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Rochester. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Rochester.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Rochester. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Rochester.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Rochester. Our list includes 5 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Rochester.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Rochester ...

Looking for more information about Rochester? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Rochester, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Rochester.

Adding Rochester to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Rochester in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Rochester was on a map (with an unknown title) dated 1870.

We also found Rochester in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Rochester on our Genealogy Page.

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About Sangamon County

About Illinois

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Rochester: www.rochesteril.org/

The official website for Sangamon County: www.co.sangamon.il.us/

The official website for State of Illinois: https://illinois.gov

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Illinois' counties, including Sangamon, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation for Rochester. While it might not be exactly right, hopefully it will be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
<4>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Rochester refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a village's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Rochester may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<5>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Rochester.
<6>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Rochester - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<7>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a village (such as Rochester). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Rochester or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<8>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Rochester) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Rochester. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from RochesterOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rochester. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.7574, Longitude: -89.5307       In this case, the coordinates for Rochester have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<9>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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