Rochester MI Homes & Real Estate
Rochester is a city in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 12,711 at the 2010 census. It is a northern suburb in Metro Detroit located 20 miles north of the city of Detroit.
Rochester was the first European settlement in Oakland County when it was founded in 1818. It became part of the Avon Township in 1835 and incorporated as an autonomous city in 1967. It is mostly surrounded by the city of Rochester Hills and also borders Shelby Township to the east.
The city has the following neighborhoods:
- Stony Creek is a neighborhood on the northeast end of the city on the border with Rochester Hills.
- The Bluffs is a neighborhood on the southeast corner of the city on the border with Rochester Hills.
- Yates is shared with Shelby Charter Township, Macomb County and Rochester Hills.
The first settlers in what would become Rochester, the Graham family, built a log cabin in 1817. The cabin was located on present-day 3rd St., just west of Main. The city was named for Rochester, New York, just like Rochester, Minnesota, as many early settlers to the area were formerly from the state of New York.
The city became an industrial center with abundant water power from the Clinton River and Paint Creek. The interconnected waterways are no longer used for travel or local industry, but provide natural beauty, some fishing, and a healthy portion of the Clinton Watershed. Historically, past industries formerly located in Rochester included a refinery for sugar beets, a paper products company, and the Western Knitting Mills factory, which was later adapted and utilized during World War II for incendiary production—businesses that no longer exist in the area. Rochester was served by two railroads as well as the Detroit United Railway, an interurban to Royal Oak and Detroit.
Chapman Mill Pond, east of downtown, disappeared into the Paint Creek when the dam broke during the flood of 1946. The reclaimed land is the site of the current post office, Rochester Hills library, and Olde Towne Road. Water Street, formerly situated at the edge of the large pond, remains by its name a reminder of the pond's former existence.
Michigan became the 26th state in 1837, and the Village of Rochester was formed on April 12, 1869, within the boundaries of Avon Township. By 1895, Rochester's population was 900. The village became the city of Rochester in 1967, breaking away from Avon Township. Avon Township became the City of Rochester Hills in 1984, following a long court battle, where the city of Rochester annexed 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2) of Avon Township's land. It more than doubled the city of Rochester's size.
This list includes people from the area (Rochester Hills, Rochester, and Oakland Township) (48306, 48307, 48309, 48363)
- Madonna Ciccone, artist and entertainer grew up in Rochester Hills and graduated from Rochester Adams HS
- Jimmy Carson, former NHL player
- Maxx Crosby, defensive lineman for NFL's Las Vegas Raiders
- Tommy Clufetos, drummer for Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper and Ted Nugent; graduated from Rochester Adams HS
- Paul Davis, professional basketball player, graduated from Rochester High School and earned Mr. Basketball of Michigan honors in 2002; played for Michigan State University and was drafted by Los Angeles Clippers in 2006
- Marshall Bruce Mathers III, better known as Eminem, Grammy-winning rapper, actor, producer, songwriter; owned a house in Oakland Township.
- Eric Fisher, lineman for NFL's Kansas City Chiefs
- Hal Foster, award-winning artist and writer of comic strip Prince Valiant; born in Canada, lived in Rochester during his work on comic strip
- Amy Frazier, professional tennis player, Rochester Adams High School graduate; career included 20 consecutive US Open appearances
- Jay Gibbons, Major League Baseball player with Los Angeles Dodgers, Florida Marlins and Baltimore Orioles, was born in Rochester
- Andrew Good, Major League Baseball player, raised in Rochester Hills and graduated from Rochester High
- Shawn Hare, MLB player with Detroit Tigers, New York Mets and Texas Rangers; attended Rochester Community schools
- Greg and Tim Hildebrandt, fantasy artists and painters of original Star Wars movie poster
- Max Jones, hockey player for London Knights; selected with 24th pick in first round in 2016 NHL Draft by Anaheim Ducks
- Brad Keselowski, NASCAR driver, driver of #2 Miller Lite Dodge for Penske Racing, 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion
- Bob Keselowski, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver, and his sons Brad and Brian
- Walt Kowalczyk, professional football player
- Jana Kramer, country artist, graduated from Rochester Adams HS
- Tim Lelito, guard for Detroit Lions
- Elmore Leonard, novelist and screenwriter
- Alec Martinez, professional hockey player, Los Angeles Kings
- Karen Newman, Detroit Red Wings singer and actress
- Craig Owens, lead singer of Chiodos and Cinematic Sunrise
- Kevin Pereira, game show host
- Roxy Petrucci, drummer of all-female rock/metal band Vixen in 1980s
- Jesse R. Pitts, sociologist, founder of The Tocqueville Review, pioneered work on marginality, deviance and conformity
- Zach Putnam, baseball pitcher
- Brian Sell, retired marathoner, resides in Rochester Hills
- Joey Sturgis, record producer, resides in Oakland Township
- Rude Jude, television and radio personality, graduated from Rochester High School
- Ron Teachworth, educator, artist, writer and filmmaker
- Jack Tocco, Detroit Mafia boss
- Jacob Trouba, ice hockey player, New York Rangers
- Peter Vanderkaay, swimmer, grew up in Oakland Township and graduated from Rochester Adams HS in 2002; won gold medal at 2004 Summer Olympics in 4x200 free style relay; in 2008 Beijing Olympics, won bronze medal in 200m freestyle and gold in 4 × 200 m freestyle relay
- Jason Varitek, catcher for Boston Red Sox, team captain and 2-time World Series champion; was born in Rochester
- Dita Von Teese, burlesque artist, model and actress
- Christian Wolanin, hockey player, Ottawa Senators; born in Canada, lived in Rochester
- Robert Simpson Woodward, physicist and mathematician, was born in Rochester; professor at Columbia, president of American Mathematical Society, dean of Carnegie Institute in Washington
- Aileen Wuornos, serial killer
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