Rochester is a very small town located in the state of Washington. With a population of 2,471 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Rochester is the 176th largest community in Washington.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Rochester is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Rochester is a town of sales and office workers, managers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Rochester who work in management occupations (16.02%), sales jobs (14.72%), and office and administrative support (7.56%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.39% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
One downside of living in Rochester is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Rochester, the average commute to work is 31.70 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.
Rochester is a small town, and as is often the case with smaller towns, the population isn't large or dense enough to support much in the way of a public transportation system. In fact, there are many rural roads around Rochester, which makes walking or biking to and from work a bit difficult. This makes for a very car-oriented town: 0.99% of residents commute to work by private automobile, and people often drive out of town for work, shopping, and other activities.
Rochester is a small town, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.
The percentage of people in Rochester who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 28.76% of adults in Rochester have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Rochester in 2010 was $27,886, which is upper middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $111,544 for a family of four. However, Rochester contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Rochester is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Rochester home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Rochester residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Rochester include German, English, Scottish, and Norwegian.
The most common language spoken in Rochester is English. Other important languages spoken here include French and German.