Rochester community

Best Known For: Downtown Shopping | Walkability | Close Community









What We Love


Rochester has a vibrant downtown with boutiques, unique shops and plenty of dining.


Many restaurants to choose from, including locally owned diners.

The Architecture

Beautiful and varied buildings, many preserved by the historical society.

The Vibe

A small town with big-city amenities.

The Outdoors

Beautifully maintained parks with walking paths and picnic pavilions.

What We Don't Love


Finding a place to park is sometimes challenging, though there are a few parking garages that are rarely full. Parking is metered.


It’s crowded during weekends and rush hour like any downtown. Use pedestrian common sense.


Property taxes and home prices are higher here than other metro areas.


The city of Rochester has been recognized as one of the top 100 places to live in America. With a strong sense of community and a clear love of the outdoors, Rochester is a welcoming city that has plenty to offer the people its citizens.

A full-service community offering the highest quality municipal services, Rochester is highly regarded by the people that live there. 99% of Rochester Citizen Survey respondents rated Rochester a great place to live, with an extremely high opinion of public safety services, all ranked above the national benchmarks.

Real Estate

Rochester’s location, while not as central to major freeways as some other communities, still feels close to the surrounding metro areas. The homes are typically older in age, with hardwood floors and lots of charm and character. You won’t find many run-down areas, it is a beautiful city.


The sense of community in Rochester is most abundant in the downtown area, where a clear love of local businesses and community events is evident. Downtown is busy without being over crowded, and shops and restaurants are walkable.

In Rochester alone, over 400 shops, restaurants, salons, and other businesses are independently owned and not found anywhere else. Many local events, including the farmer’s market and downtown lights show, bring over 1 million visitors to the city, particularly during the holidays.

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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.

Economic Report

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.

Outdoor Recreation

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.

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