Rochester, Kentucky

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Population in 2022: 113 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: -39.2%
 
Males: 56  (50.0%)
Females: 57  (50.0%)
Median resident age:

42.9 years
Kentucky median age:

39.4 years

Zip code: 42273

Estimated median household income in 2022: $-657,339,558 (it was $31,250 in 2000)
Rochester $-657,339,558
KY $59,341

Estimated per capita income in 2022: $34,104 (it was $36,708 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2022: $-739,359,698 (it was $49,200 in 2000)
Rochester $-739,359,698
KY $196,300

Mean prices in 2022: all housing units: $117,211; detached houses: $134,425; mobile homes: $19,994
March 2022 cost of living index in Rochester: 80.6 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2022: 14.0%

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  • Races in Rochester, KY (2022)
    • 16993.9%White alone
    • 95.0%American Indian alone
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Ancestries: American (47.5%), English (15.3%), Irish (15.3%), German (3.4%), Italian (3.4%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 02/02/1858

Elevation: 410 feet

Land area: 0.44 square miles.

Population density: 257 people per square mile   (very low).

Rochester, Kentucky map
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Rochester city:

0.5% ($267)
Kentucky:

0.8% ($610)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Owensboro, KY (39.8 miles , pop. 54,067).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Metropolitan Government, TN (73.2 miles , pop. 569,891).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (323.0 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Beechmont, KY (2.8 miles ),
Penrod, KY (2.9 miles ),
Drakesboro, KY (2.9 miles ),
Rockport, KY (3.2 miles ),
Morgantown, KY (3.3 miles ),
Dunmor, KY (3.3 miles ),
McHenry, KY (3.4 miles ),
Sugar Grove, KY (3.6 miles )

Latitude: 37.21 N, Longitude: 86.89 W

Area code: 270

Distribution of median household income in Rochester, KY in 2022
Distribution of house value in Rochester, KY in 2022

Rochester satellite photo by USGS

Unemployment in December 2023:
Here:

4.4%
Kentucky:

3.8%
Population change in the 1990s: +14 (+8.1%).
Most common industries in Rochester, KY (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Plastics & rubber products (16.9%)
  • Construction (14.1%)
  • Transportation equipment (12.7%)
  • Electrical equipment, appliances, components (8.5%)
  • Food & beverage stores (7.0%)
  • Utilities (7.0%)
  • Educational services (7.0%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (23.8%)
  • Electrical equipment, appliances, components (14.3%)
  • Utilities (11.9%)
  • Transportation equipment (7.1%)
  • Miscellaneous nondurable goods merchant wholesalers (7.1%)
  • Apparel (7.1%)
  • Food & beverage stores (7.1%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Plastics & rubber products (41.4%)
  • Transportation equipment (20.7%)
  • Printing & related support activities (10.3%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (10.3%)
  • Educational services (10.3%)
  • Food & beverage stores (6.9%)
  • Food (0.0%)
Most common occupations in Rochester, KY (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Assemblers and fabricators (19.7%)
  • Other material moving workers, except laborers (12.7%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (8.5%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (8.5%)
  • Teachers, secondary school (7.0%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7.0%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.2%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other material moving workers, except laborers (21.4%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (14.3%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (11.9%)
  • Drafters, engineering, and mapping technicians (7.1%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (7.1%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (7.1%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (7.1%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Assemblers and fabricators (41.4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (10.3%)
  • Teachers, secondary school (10.3%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (10.3%)
  • Customer service representatives (10.3%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (10.3%)
  • Cashiers (6.9%)

Average climate in Rochester, Kentucky

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI NO2 SO2 Ozone
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2001 was 103. This is significantly worse than average.

City:

103
U.S.:

73
Nitrogen Dioxide Level

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2001 was 5.36. This is about average. Closest monitor was 2.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

5.36
U.S.:

5.11
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2001 was 2.52. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 0.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

2.52
U.S.:

1.51
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2001 was 30.9. This is about average. Closest monitor was 2.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

30.9
U.S.:

33.3

Tornado activity:

Rochester-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Kentucky state average. It is 52% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/3/1974, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 22.9 miles away from the Rochester city center injured 2 people.

On 4/3/1974, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 41.1 miles away from the city center killed 31 people and injured 270 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Rochester-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Kentucky state average. It is 193% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 101.6 miles away from the city center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi) earthquake occurred 101.5 miles away from Rochester center
On 6/18/2002 at 17:37:15, a magnitude 5.0 (4.3 MB, 4.6 MW, 5.0 LG) earthquake occurred 72.4 miles away from Rochester center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 123.8 miles away from Rochester center
On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK) earthquake occurred 175.4 miles away from the city center
On 4/18/2008 at 15:14:16, a magnitude 4.8 (4.5 MB, 4.8 MW, 4.6 MW, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 101.9 miles away from Rochester center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Butler County (19) is greater than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 14
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 13, Storms: 11, Mudslides: 7, Landslides: 5, Tornadoes: 5, Winter Storms: 4, Snowstorms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Freeze: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snow: 1, Wind: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Rochester topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Rochester:

  • MORGANTOWN CARE AND REHABILITATION CENTER (Nursing Home, about 12 miles away; MORGANTOWN, KY)
  • BELLE MEADE HOME (Nursing Home, about 16 miles away; GREENVILLE, KY)
  • BELLE MEADE HOME ICF (Nursing Home, about 16 miles away; GREENVILLE, KY)
  • KINDRED NURSING AND REHABILITATION-MAPLE (Nursing Home, about 16 miles away; GREENVILLE, KY)
  • MUHLENBERG COMMUNITY HOSP HHA (Home Health Center, about 16 miles away; GREENVILLE, KY)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Rochester:

  • Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (about 28 miles; Bowling Green, KY; Full-time enrollment: 2,794)
  • Western Kentucky University (about 29 miles; Bowling Green, KY; FT enrollment: 16,942)
  • Madisonville Community College (about 36 miles; Madisonville, KY; FT enrollment: 2,082)
  • Owensboro Community and Technical College (about 37 miles; Owensboro, KY; FT enrollment: 2,754)
  • Hopkinsville Community College (about 40 miles; Hopkinsville, KY; FT enrollment: 2,269)
  • Austin Peay State University (about 54 miles; Clarksville, TN; FT enrollment: 8,621)
  • Volunteer State Community College (about 63 miles; Gallatin, TN; FT enrollment: 5,311)

Points of interest:

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Butler County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential
Average household size:
This city:

2.3 people
Kentucky:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

70.1%
Whole state:

66.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

4.5%
Whole state:

6.4%


No gay or lesbian households reported

For population 15 years and over in Rochester:

Marital status in Rochester, KY
  • Never married: 37.2%
  • Now married: 40.2%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 6.3%
  • Divorced: 16.4%

For population 25 years and over in Rochester:

  • High school or higher: 87.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 15.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.9%
  • Unemployed: 7.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 32.3 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2022
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2022
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

8.6
Kentucky average:

11.7

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Rochester, KY (based on Butler County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant8,25546
Other2301
Mainline Protestant1693
Catholic951
None3,941-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 7
Butler County:

5.30 / 10,000 pop.
Kentucky:

2.19 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Butler County:

0.76 / 10,000 pop.
Kentucky:

0.74 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 6
Here:

4.54 / 10,000 pop.
Kentucky:

4.36 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 7
This county:

5.30 / 10,000 pop.
Kentucky:

5.74 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

10.6%
Kentucky:

11.0%
Adult obesity rate:
Butler County:

31.3%
State:

30.0%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Butler County:

22.0%
Kentucky:

15.9%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2017)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other and Unallocable 0$0 0$0
Totals for Government 0$0 0$0

Strongest AM radio stations in Rochester:

  • WSM (650 AM; 50 kW; NASHVILLE, TN; Owner: GAYLORD ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY)
  • WKDA (1200 AM; 50 kW; NASHVILLE, TN; Owner: RADIO NASHVILLE, INC.)
  • WNQM (1300 AM; 50 kW; NASHVILLE, TN; Owner: WNQM. INC.)
  • WAMB (1160 AM; 50 kW; DONELSON, TN; Owner: GREAT SOUTHERN BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WLAC (1510 AM; 50 kW; NASHVILLE, TN; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WKCT (930 AM; 5 kW; BOWLING GREEN, KY; Owner: DAILY NEWS BROADCASTING CO.)
  • WLBQ (1570 AM; 1 kW; MORGANTOWN, KY; Owner: BUTLER COUNTY BROADCASTING CO.)
  • WHAS (840 AM; 50 kW; LOUISVILLE, KY; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WNES (1050 AM; 1 kW; CENTRAL CITY, KY; Owner: STARLIGHT BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WRUS (610 AM; 2 kW; RUSSELLVILLE, KY; Owner: LOGAN RADIO INCORPORATED)
  • WPLN (1430 AM; 15 kW; MADISON, TN)
  • WAIA (1600 AM; 1 kW; BEAVER DAM, KY; Owner: STARLIGHT BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WWAM (820 AM; daytime; 50 kW; JASPER, TN; Owner: SHELTON BROADCASTING SYSTEM)

Strongest FM radio stations in Rochester:

  • WQXQ (101.9 FM; CENTRAL CITY, KY; Owner: STARLIGHT BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WUBT (101.1 FM; RUSSELLVILLE, KY; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WNTC (103.9 FM; DRAKESBORO, KY; Owner: NASHVILLE'S SPORTSRADIO, INCORPORATED)
  • WBKR (92.5 FM; OWENSBORO, KY; Owner: REGENT BROADCASTING OF EVANSVILLE/OWENSBORO, INC.)
  • WKYU-FM (88.9 FM; BOWLING GREEN, KY; Owner: WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY)
  • WVVR (100.3 FM; HOPKINSVILLE, KY; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF TUCKESSEE, LLC)
  • WXMZ (106.3 FM; HARTFORD, KY; Owner: STARLIGHT BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WGGC (95.1 FM; GLASGOW, KY; Owner: HERITAGE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WKYA (105.5 FM; GREENVILLE, KY; Owner: STARLIGHT BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WCVK (90.7 FM; BOWLING GREEN, KY; Owner: BOWLING GREEN COMMTY. B/CSTG, INC.)
  • WBVR-FM (96.7 FM; AUBURN, KY; Owner: FOREVER COMMUNICATIONS INC)
  • WKLX (100.7 FM; BROWNSVILLE, KY; Owner: CHARLES M. ANDERSON)
  • W278AD (103.5 FM; CENTRAL CITY, KY; Owner: HEARTLAND MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • WWHR (91.7 FM; BOWLING GREEN, KY; Owner: WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY)
  • W203BI (88.5 FM; BOWLING GREEN, KY; Owner: WAY-FM MEDIA GROUP, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Rochester:

  • W62CJ (Channel 62; JACKSON, TN; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • WKGB-TV (Channel 53; BOWLING GREEN, KY; Owner: KENTUCKY AUTHORITY FOR EDUCATIONAL TV)
  • WKMA-TV (Channel 35; MADISONVILLE, KY; Owner: KENTUCKY AUTHORITY FOR EDUCATIONAL TV)
  • WBKO (Channel 13; BOWLING GREEN, KY; Owner: GRAY MIDAMERICA TV LICENSEE CORP.)
  • WKYU-TV (Channel 24; BOWLING GREEN, KY; Owner: WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY)
  • WAZE-TV (Channel 19; MADISONVILLE, KY; Owner: SOUTH CENTRAL COMMUNICATIONS CORP.)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 10Number of bridges
  • 82ft / 24.9mTotal length
  • 6,790Total average daily traffic
  • 491Total average daily truck traffic
  • 5,970Total future (year 2031) average daily traffic
New bridges in Rochester, KY - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 21930-1939
  • 51950-1959
  • 11970-1979
  • 11980-1989
  • 12010-2019
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Rochester, KY

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

1
  • 354 New Cut Road North (Lat: 37.203611 Lon: -86.876583), Type: Tower, Structure height: 73.2 m, Overall height: 77.7 m, Call Sign: KNKN867
    Assigned Frequencies: 880.020 MHz, 880.020 MHz, 880.020 MHz, 835.020 MHz, 835.020 MHz, 835.020 MHz, 891.510 MHz, 891.510 MHz, 891.510 MHz, 846.510 MHz, 846.510 MHz, 846.510 MHzGrant Date: 09/01/2020, Expiration Date: 10/01/2030, Certifier: Gregory M RomanoRegistrant: Verizon, 1300 I Street, Nw - Suite 500 East, Washington, DC 20005, Phone: (202) 515-2453, Email:


FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

4
  • Ronald R Smith, 354 New Cut Road North (Lat: 37.203611 Lon: -86.876583), Type: 77.7, Overall height: 73.2 m, Registrant: Lukas, Nace, Gutierrez & Sachs, Chartered, Pgist@fcclaw.Com, , Mclea-n, Phone: (703) 584-8665

  • Ronald R Smith, 354 New Cut Road North (Lat: 37.203611 Lon: -86.876583), Type: 77.7, Overall height: 73.2 m, Registrant: Lukas, Nace, Gutierrez & Sachs, Chartered, Pgist@fcclaw.Com, , Mclea-n, Phone: (703) 584-8665

  • Ronald R Smith, 354 New Cut Road North (Lat: 37.203611 Lon: -86.876583), Type: 77.7, Overall height: 73.2 m, Registrant: Lukas, Nace, Gutierrez & Sachs, LLP, Pgist@fcclaw.Com, , Mclea-n, Phone: (703) 584-8665

  • Christophe Le Scanve, 354 New Cut Road North (Lat: 37.203611 Lon: -86.876583), Type: 77.7, Structure height: 21031 m, Overall height: 73.2 m, Registrant: Kentucky Rsa #3 Cellular General Partnership, 5012 Eliza-bethtown, Phone: (270) 769-0339


Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Rochester, KY
  • 90.0%Electricity
  • 6.7%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 3.3%Wood
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Rochester, KY
  • 100.0%Electricity


Rochester compared to Kentucky state average:

  • Median household income significantly below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
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