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Welcome to Rochester ...

Rochester is located on the Olympic Peninsula.

Rochester is located in Thurston County<1>.

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

Rochester is 140 feet [43 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Rochester lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

The telephone area code for Rochester: (360)

The ZIP code for Rochester: 98579<4>

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, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana (2), Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio (4), Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont 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.

  • Lacey [Thurston County]
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    • Lacey [Thurston County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the northeast of Rochester
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 54,178 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lacey
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lacey<6>
  • Olympia [Thurston County]
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    • Olympia [Thurston County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the northeast of Rochester
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 53,620 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Olympia<6>
  • Tumwater [Thurston County]
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    • Tumwater [Thurston County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the northeast of Rochester
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 24,272 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tumwater<6>
  • Centralia [Lewis County]
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    • Centralia [Lewis County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the southeast of Rochester
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 17,995 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Centralia<6>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Chehalis [Lewis County]
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      • Chehalis [Lewis County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the southeast of Rochester
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,825 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Chehalis<6>
    • Rainier [Thurston County]
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      • Rainier [Thurston County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the east of Rochester
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,350 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rainier<6>
    • Napavine [Lewis County]
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      • Napavine [Lewis County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the southeast of Rochester
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,042 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Napavine<6>
    • Tenino [Thurston County]
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      • Tenino [Thurston County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> to the east of Rochester
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,867 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tenino<6>
    • McCleary [Grays Harbor County]
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      • McCleary [Grays Harbor County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the northwest of Rochester
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,830 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on McCleary
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for McCleary<6>
    • Oakville [Grays Harbor County]
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      • Oakville [Grays Harbor County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<5> to the west of Rochester
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 697 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oakville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Oakville<6>

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.

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 in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Rochester on a map titled Auto Trails Map of Washington (1925).

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Washington

About Thurston County

About Washington

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 Thurston County: www.co.thurston.wa.us/

The official website for State of Washington: https://access.wa.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Washington's counties, including Thurston, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<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 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.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Rochester - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>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 community (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).
<5>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 drawn 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 RochesterOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rochester. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.8292, Longitude: -123.0706    
<6>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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