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Welcome to Rochester ...

Rochester is located in Wabash 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>

Rochester is 390 feet [119 m] above sea level.<5>.

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

Note: If you travel east from Rochester (for example, toward Spurgeon (IN)), you will leave Central Time and cross into the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT).

Rochester is within the boundaries of the (618) area code.

Communities Also Named Rochester ...

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

  • Princeton [Gibson County]
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    • Princeton [Gibson County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the east of Rochester
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,793 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Princeton
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Princeton<7>
  • Mount Carmel [Wabash County]
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    • Mount Carmel [Wabash County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<6> to the northeast of Rochester
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,813 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mount Carmel
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mount Carmel<7>
  • Fort Branch [Gibson County]
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    • Fort Branch [Gibson County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the southeast of Rochester
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,775 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fort Branch have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fort Branch
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fort Branch<7>
  • Albion [Edwards County]
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    • Albion [Edwards County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the west of Rochester
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,889 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Albion have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Albion<7>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Haubstadt [Gibson County]
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      • Haubstadt [Gibson County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the southeast of Rochester
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,720 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Haubstadt have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Haubstadt<7>
    • Grayville [White County]
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      • Grayville [White County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<6> to the southwest of Rochester
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,543 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Grayville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Grayville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Grayville<7>
    • Owensville [Gibson County]
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      • Owensville [Gibson County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<6> to the southeast of Rochester
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,356 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Owensville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Owensville<7>
    • Poseyville [Posey County]
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      • Poseyville [Posey County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the south of Rochester
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,031 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Poseyville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Poseyville<7>
    • West Salem [Edwards County]
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      • West Salem [Edwards County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the northwest of Rochester
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 844 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on West Salem
    • Patoka [Gibson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Patoka
      • Patoka [Gibson County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the east of Rochester
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 784 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Patoka have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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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. 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.

While we are unaware of a Tourism page that is specific to Rochester, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with 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 titled Rand McNally Map (1881).

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Illinois

About Wabash County

About Illinois

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Rochester. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Illinois' counties, including Wabash, 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 community'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>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Rochester - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' 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.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rochester. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.3456, Longitude: -87.8281       In this case, the coordinates for Rochester have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<7>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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