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Welcome to Rochester ...

The city of Rochester is located in Olmsted County and is the County Seat for Olmsted County.

The pronunciation of Rochester: RAW-chest-uhr<1>

When the people of Rochester refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Rochesterian<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2018, Rochester has a population of 116,961 people<3> (see below for details).

Rochester was established in 1854.

The community of Rochester is 1,120 feet [341 m] above sea level.<4>.

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

The telephone area code for Rochester: (507)

The ZIP codes for Rochester: 55901-55906<5>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Rochester had a population of 106,769 people (which is 74.02% of the total population of Olmsted County). This makes Rochester the county's most populous community.

The population of Rochester represents 2.01% of the total population of Minnesota (which has 5,303,925 people), making it the state's 3rd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 106,769 people, the population of Rochester increased 24.43% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 85,806 people).

Taken from the 2018 Census Estimates, Rochester had an population of 116,961 people. This is an increase of 9.55% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 36.31% since the 2000 Census).

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

Communities Also Named Rochester ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 32 communities that are also named Rochester - they are located in Alberta, California, Illinois (2), Indiana, Iowa, Kansas (6), Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, 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.

Websites for Rochester ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

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

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Rochester. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • 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 community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Rochester. Our list includes 30 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper 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.

Communities near Rochester ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Kasson   [Map]

Lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the West (W) of Rochester

Located in Dodge County

Stewartville   [Map]

Lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) of Rochester

Byron   [Map]

Lies 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) of Rochester

Pine Island   [Map]

Lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) of Rochester

Located in Goodhue County

Plainview   [Map]

Lies 18 miles [29 km] to the Northeast (NE) of Rochester

Located in Wabasha County

Chatfield   [Map]

Lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the Southeast (SE) of Rochester

Located in Fillmore County

Dodge Center   [Map]

Lies 18 miles [29 km] to the West (W) of Rochester

Located in Dodge County

Eyota   [Map]

Lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East (E) of Rochester

Oronoco   [Map]

Lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) of Rochester

Hayfield   [Map]

Lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the Southwest (SW) of Rochester

Located in Dodge County

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Rochester.

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The official website for Olmsted County:

The official website for State of Minnesota:

Footnotes ...

<1>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.

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<2>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 city'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.

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<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Rochester.

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<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Rochester - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<5>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 city (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).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Rochester includes: 55901, 55902, 55903, 55904, 55905 & 55906.

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<6>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 (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Rochester. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Rochester

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rochester. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.0119, Longitude: -92.4841     [Map].

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