Rochester offers plenty of varied entertainment including art galleries, wineries, The Avon Playhouse, dance studios, movie theaters, and more. A destination for great shopping, Rochester boasts not only local businesses and boutique shops, but outdoor malls/lifestyle centers and all the name brand stores you’re looking for.
Serious foodies love Rochester for the variety of restaurants. There are over 40 restaurants within 5 miles of the downtown area, all diverse fare including Japanese, Mexican, Mediterranean, Italian, and Thai.
High end and historic restaurants abound, including Kruse & Meur, Red Knapps, Paint Creek Tavern, and more.
Rochester is conveniently distant – far enough so a large freeway won’t thunder through your backyard, but close enough that commuting isn’t a pain. Average commute time to work is 29 minutes, just a bit longer than the national average of 25 minutes.
Downtown Rochester is just a 12 minute drive to I-75, nine minutes to M59, 14 minutes to The Palace of Auburn Hills, and 35 minutes to downtown Detroit.
Median household income is nearly $77,000, and median family income is nearly $120,000. The median home price is $326,300. With a great community often comes a bit of a higher price tag, and Rochester is no different. Cost of living here is 16% higher than the US average.
The City of Rochester loves the outdoors. This is evident from the abundance of parks, trails and outdoor recreation. Over 60% of the land in Rochester is woods, trees, open space grassland, or agricultural fields, and over 153 acres of land in Rochester is dedicated to parks and outdoor recreation.
All of this is for community members, 99% of whom have rated Rochester parks as good or excellent, and 93% rating Rochester recreation programs as good or excellent.
You’ll find fantastic learning in Rochester, with the Rochester Community School District’s 11 Reward Schools ranking in the top 5% across the state, and housing two 2014 National Blue Ribbon schools. The four year graduation rate is 93%, compared to the state’s 77%, student achievement scores in the top 5% on state tests, and 95% of graduates going on to attend post-secondary schools.
Parents love Rochester schools as well, with 91% grading the district an A or B in the Harris Poll survey. Bond millages have been passed by community voters to build or renovate 21 schools in the past eight years, providing state-of-the-art educational facilities for students and teachers.