Livability Awards

A+ Rochester Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D Rochester Cost of Living Cost of living is 9% lower than New Hampshire
1033% more expensive than the US average
New Hampshire
11313% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Rochester cost of living
F Rochester Crime Total crime is 132% higher than New Hampshire
Total crime
3,29328% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3128% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-11%Year over year crime is down
Rochester crime
C- Rochester Employment Household income is 26% lower than New Hampshire
Median household income
$50,7598% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$28,3025% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%19% lower than the US average
Rochester employment
B- Rochester Housing Home value is 33% lower than New Hampshire
Median home value
$161,20013% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$9322% lower than the US average
Home ownership
65%3% higher than the US average
Rochester real estate or Rochester rentals
D- Rochester Schools HS graduation rate is 6% lower than New Hampshire
High school grad. rates
83%equal to the US average
School test scores
42%14% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:110% lower than the US average
Rochester K-12 schools

Living in Rochester, NH

Located in the state of New Hampshire, Rochester is a mid-sized city with a population of 30,052 residents. The majority of Rochester residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Black and Asian. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 74% of the population considered married and 70% with kids under the age of 18, Rochester could be considered a very suitable city for families.

Living in Rochester can be a great experience for anyone moving to the town. Having said that, in the state of New Hampshire, there are many desirable places to live, so choose wisely! The best areas in Rochester and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, crime, weather, education, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the New Hampshire and national averages.

Rochester has a livability score of 67/100 and is ranked #43 in New Hampshire and #14,591 in the USA. There are seven total categories that create the livability score. Rochester scores well for amenities (A+) and housing (B-). There is at least one category that does not have great scores in Rochester. The following was graded with a concerning score: crime (D), cost of living (D), weather (F) and education (D-).

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Rochester has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive.

Based on multiple factors including: median home and rental prices, appreciation rates and home affordability, Rochester has received high marks in the housing category. Based on these calculations, the apartment rental and real estate market appears to be very healthy.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Rochester. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Rochester are affordable. Median real estate prices in Rochester come in at $161,200, which is 32.7% lower than the New Hampshire average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Rochester, the home price to income ratio is 3.2, which is 8.6% lower than the New Hampshire average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Rochester were 9.4%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 7%.

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      Once Great Town With Room To Grow

      Rochester, New Hampshire, not to get it confused with the many others, is just a beautiful place to live. It’s honestly just right for someone looking for a place that offers the best of small town living that isn’t too big to be considered a big town, per se. On the other hand, a lot has changed over the years.

      Where once I would jump at recommending this humble, and friendly place, now the streets are littered with drugs. We were recently rated one of the most dangerous city’s in America at night because if the opioid crisis. Rochester regrettably is a mirror of the rest of the state.

      During the day though, it’s a really nice city. I often take bike rides to clear my head, and the schools have always been pretty decent. Stores are pretty close by, I often chose to walk rather than drive. The crisis taking over the city though is the only reason I would not recommend. At least until the issue gets cleared up.
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      Source: The Rochester, NH data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).