Rochester, Indiana
Rochester is a city in and the county seat
County seat
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 of Fulton County
Fulton County, Indiana
As of the census of 2000, there were 20,511 people, 8,082 households, and 5,738 families residing in the county. The population density was 56 people per square mile . There were 9,123 housing units at an average density of 25 per square mile...

, Indiana
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, United States
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. The population was 6,414 at the 2000 census.


Rochester is located at 41°3′43"N 86°12′24"W (41.061883, -86.206727).

According to the United States Census Bureau
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, the city has a total area of 5.7 square miles (14.8 km²), of which, 4.6 square miles (11.9 km²) of it is land and 1.1 square miles (2.8 km²) of it (19.58%) is water.

Located on the east side of Rochester, Lake Manitou
Lake Manitou, Indiana
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 is a popular place in the summer for boating and other water related activities.


As of the census
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of 2000, there were 6,414 people, 2,757 households, and 1,734 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
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 was 1,407.4 people per square mile (543.1/km²). There were 3,188 housing units at an average density of 699.5/sq mi (269.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.24% White, 0.59% Native American, 0.45% African American, 0.84% Asian, 0.86% from other races
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, and 1.01% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.86% of the population.
There were 2,757 households out of which 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.5% were married couples
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 living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.1% were non-families. 32.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the city the population is spread out with 23.6% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 19.8% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 40 years. For every 100 females there are 90.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 87.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,424, and the median income for a family was $41,949. Males had a median income of $31,446 versus $20,796 for females. The per capita income
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 for the city was $18,866. About 7.8% of families and 11.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.4% of those under age 18 and 8.2% of those age 65 or over.

Notable natives

  • Otis R. Bowen
    Otis R. Bowen
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    , fourth United States Secretary of Health and Human Services
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     was born nearby.
  • Thurman C. Crook
    Thurman C. Crook
    Thurman Charles Crook was a United States Representative from Indiana.He was born on a farm near Peru, Indiana and attended the Cass County schools, Logansport High School, Indiana State University, Purdue University, Indiana University, and graduated from Valparaiso University in 1930...

    , one-term U.S. congressman.
  • Gene DeWeese
    Gene DeWeese
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     , science fiction writer, was born in Rochester.
  • Ron Herrell
    Ron Herrell
    Ronald D. "Ron" Herrell was a Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing the 30th District from 2006 through 2010. He previously served from 1998 through 2004.-External links:* Official government website...

    , a current member of the Indiana House of Representatives
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  • Elmo Lincoln
    Elmo Lincoln
    Elmo Lincoln was an American film actor.Born Otto Elmo Linkenhelt, the barrel-chested actor is best known in his silent movie role as the first Tarzan in 1918's Tarzan of the Apes as an adult --...

    , a film actor and subject of the biography My Father, Elmo Lincoln: The Original Tarzan
  • Ray Mowe
    Ray Mowe
    Raymond Benjamin Mowe , is a former professional baseball player who played shortstop in five games for the 1913 Brooklyn Dodgers.-External links:...

    , shortstop for the 1913 Brooklyn Dodgers
    Los Angeles Dodgers
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  • Nicole Anderson
    Nicole Anderson
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    , actress

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