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Community Demographics

Rochester is growing, attracting new businesses and constantly expanding its young and talented workforce

Rochester’s population has grown steadily over the past three decades, up nearly 12% in 30 years. Rochester is at the heart of Strafford County – one of the fastest growing regions in New England – has grown by 20% over the same period. The city’s employers also draw from a wide labor pool – extending from northern Massachusetts to southern Maine.

The city is affordable and a great place to call home

The median age in Rochester is 41.8 years and about 60% of the city population is in their prime working years. Nearly 90% of all working age residents have attained a high school diploma or higher; over 20% have completed college or graduate studies. In all, more than 17,000 individuals are active in the city’s civilian workforce. Individual per capita income in 2019 was $32,024; median family income was $74,767. The median home sales price is $255,000-approximately 40% of the median home cost in metro Boston and about 50% of the cost of homes in nearby Portsmouth.