Rochester, New Hampshire

Rochester: City in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States


Rochester is a city located in the county of Strafford in the U.S. state of New Hampshire. Its population at the 2010 census was 29,752 and a population density of 253 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 31,719 inhabitants.

The city was created 275 years ago in 1748.

Rochester is a city in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States. As of the 2020 census, the city population was 32,492. In addition to the downtown area, the city contains the villages of East Rochester, Gonic, and North Rochester. Rochester is home to Skyhaven Airport and part of Baxter Lake. 

Rochester is located in southwestern New Hampshire along the eastern shore of Lake Sunapee (a lake) and near the Connecticut River. It is located at . The city has developed a thriving arts community with many artists living and working in Rochester's historic buildings. Rochester also hosts an annual jazz festival every summer which draws many national performers to town while local bands play during intermissions at local restaurants throughout the festival weekend. Additionally, many notable jazz musicians reside in Rochester or nearby communities such as Dover or Portsmouth or Concord. 

The largest employer in the area is General Electric Aircraft Engines which produces jet engines for commercial aircraft around the world including GE90s for Boeing 747-8s—the world's largest airliner—and GE9Xs for Boeing 777Xs—the world's longest range airliner..

Rochester has been ranked one of the best places to live in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report for three consecutive years (2013-2015). In 2011 Money magazine named Rochester as one of "The Best Places To Retire," citing its low cost of living and high quality of life. In 2017 Rochester was named one of "America's Best Small Towns" by Smithsonian Magazine.

Rochester locator map
Location of Rochester on New Hampshire map.

Quick Facts about Rochester

Population : 31,719 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : New Hampshire (United States)
County : Strafford County
Postal code : 03800–03899
Phone Area Codes : 603
Area : 117.68 km2
Altitude : 226 feet / 69 meters
Establishment : January 01, 1749 (275 years ago)
Time Zone : America/New_York
Local time : 11:39:17 (3rd March 2024)
Density : 270 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 6.2% (2010-2020)
Downtown Rochester 9 image
Downtown Rochester 9
Downtown Rochester 9 image


Rochester is located at 43°18'16"N 70°58'32"W (43.3045300, -70.9756200).

Rochester map


The population of Rochester increased by 6.2% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 29,752 - census
2011 29,987 0.78% estimation process
2012 29,970 -0.06% estimation process
2013 30,006 0.12% estimation process
2014 30,177 0.57% estimation process
2015 30,222 0.15% estimation process
2016 30,607 1.26% estimation process
2017 31,025 1.35% estimation process
2018 31,349 1.03% estimation process
2019 31,526 0.56% estimation process
2020 31,719 0.61% estimation process

Rochester zip code is 03839. County name: Strafford, County fips: 33017

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People born in Rochester (25)

People born in Rochester, including United States inventor Isaac Adams, political activist and founder of the LaRouche movement Lyndon LaRouche, politician John P. Hale, .


Schools in Rochester

College & universities near Rochester, NH

Code Name City ZIP
182722 Empire Beauty School-Somersworth Somersworth (NH) 03878

Stations (29)

Amtrak & bus stations near Rochester, NH

Code Name Address Type
DOV Dover Transportation Center 33 Chestnut St. RAIL
DHM Durham–UNH station 3 Depot Road RAIL
WEM Wells Regional Transportation Center 696 Sanford Road RAIL
PTS Portsmouth, New Hampshire 185 Grafton Drive BUS
EXR Exeter station 60 Lincoln Street RAIL

Post offices near Rochester

Post Office Name City ZIP
Rochester Post Office Rochester (NH) 03867

Other places with the same name (13)

Other cities in Strafford County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Strafford County , NH.

City Name Population Title
Dover 32,443 County seat city in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States
Durham 16,441 Town in New Hampshire
Somersworth 12,286 City in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States
Barrington 9,231 Town in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States
Farmington 6,951 Town in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States
Milton 4,614 Town in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States of America
Lee 4,597 Town in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States
Strafford 4,235 City in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States
New Durham 2,728 Town in New Hampshire
Rollinsford 2,577 City in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States of America
Madbury 1,879 City in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States of America

Distance to Other Cities

Rochester distances to largest New Hampshire cities