City of Rochester

Rural Area of Rochester

Rochester is a census-designated place (CDP) in Thurston County, Washington, United States.

About Rochester, Washington

Rochester was founded in 1852, and the 2000 census recorded its population at 1,829. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.0 square kilometers), all of it land. Rochester Schools had 2,095 students registered in 2011. The Rochester zip code area contains approximately 12,000 residents.

Rochester was founded in 1852 by Samuel James. Robert Paton opened the first market in 1889, which is still in operation today, and opened the first lumber mill in the early 1880’s, which continued to operate for over 50 years. Robert Hunt also helped promote Rochester’s growth with the addition of the Northern Pacific Railroad, which connected the community with Grays Harbor. Hunt’s Grade, a road built to pay tribute to Robert Hunt, can still be seen from the railway today.

After the lumber industry died down, Rochester became a large producer of strawberries. Rochester today is a small tight community, with many residents commuting to work in surrounding communities including: Olympia, Washington and Chehalis, Washington. Rochester, Washington was named after the city of Rochester in the state of Michigan.


As of the census of 2010, there were 1,829 people, 647 households, and 505 families residing in Rochester. The population density was 790.2 people per square mile (305.7/km²). There were 677 housing units at an average density of 292.5/sq mi (113.2/km²).   There were 647 households out of which 41.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.4% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.9% were non-families. 17.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2 and the average family size was 3.

In the CDP, the age distribution of the population shows 30.1% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 31.9% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 8.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 101.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.6 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $43,090, and the median income for a family was $44,777. Males had a median income of $40,676 versus $26,518 for females. The per capital income for the CDP was $14,912. About 6.2% of families and 7.7% of the population were below the POVERTY LINE, including 6.2% of those under age 18 and 8.6% of those age 65 or over.

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Welcome to Rochester, Washington


Latitude and Longitude – 46°49′25″N 123°5′0″W
Approximately 40 miles SW from JBLM


1,829 (2010 Census)

Housing costs

Apartment rental cost (median): No data
Home rental cost (median): $1,300
Home purchase price (median): $217,300

Public Safety

Law Enforcement

Thurston County Sheriff
(360) 273-1034


Providence Centralia Hospital
(360) 736-2803


Water Service

Thurston Public Utility District 
(360) 357-8783

Electricity Service

Puget Sound Energy
(888) 225-5773

Natural Gas Service

Puget Sound Energy
(888) 225-5773

Waste and Recycling Service

LeMay Inc.
(360) 923-0111