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Calling Rochester Home (aka: Why I Love My Community!)


Calling Rochester Home (aka: Why I Love My Community!)

Kevin Stewart

The Rochester community has always been “home” to Kevin...

The Rochester community has always been “home” to Kevin...

Feb 8 4 minutes read

It’s easy for me to love where I’m from. I’m a proud Rochester native, having grown up in Rochester Hills, attended Rochester College, and happily live here with my wife and our budding family!

But it’s not just my personal ties to the area that make me love Rochester – it’s the lifestyle. The surrounding area is filled with wonderful amenities and some of the most warm and inviting people you’ll ever meet!

Have you been considering moving to Rochester? Here is why living in our community offers you a living standard unlike any other:


Settled in 1817, Rochester was the first community established in Oakland County. Today, our city has grown to a population of just over 12,000 people. Children here primarily attend Rochester Community Schools, which boasts an astounding graduation rate of 93.14 percent, with 95 percent of graduates attending post-secondary schools.

Our community offers many opportunities for recreation, from local parks and bicycle trails to the beautiful Paint Creek, which flows through our downtown. Downtown Rochester is a popular community center, featuring more than 350 shops, restaurants and other local businesses! Our historic, walkable downtown speaks to our roots, with several buildings dating back to the late 1800s!

If you’re seeking an active community with plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities, family friendly festivals, and more, Rochester is the place for you!

Image courtesy of Rochester Media.

Rochester Hills
Approximately 70,000 people live in nearby Rochester Hills, which was recently rated as the safest city in Michigan. Children who live here also attend Rochester Community Schools. Recently, two of the district’s high schools, Rochester Adams High School and Stoney Creek High School, ranked in Michigan’s top 20, according to the annual U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools list. Both Rochester College andOakland University were founded in Rochester Hills and the universities continue to grow each year.

Like Rochester, Rochester Hills has many options for shopping and entertainment. The Village of Rochester Hills is the area’s go-to outdoor mall. The mall boasts high-profile stores and hosts many events throughout the year.

Recreational facilities, such as swimming, bicycling, fishing, and more are within easy reach at municipalparks. Other landmarks include the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm in Stoney Creek Village,Meadow Brook Hall, Yates Cider Mill, and the much-loved Rochester Hills Public Library.


Oakland Township
Sitting at the northern border of Rochester Hills, Oakland Township is your answer for quiet, rural living while staying within a stone’s throw of a thriving metropolis. Largely a bedroom community, it also has the distinction of being one of the oldest townships established in Michigan! Notable attractions include the Paint Creek Cider Mill and the Paint Creek Trail, which connects the village of Lake Orion with Rochester.

The majority of families who live in Oakland Township are served by Rochester Community Schools and also have access to the Rochester Hills Public Library. Fire protection and emergency medical services are provided by the Oakland Township Fire Department.

If you’re seeking low-key living in a naturally beautiful area, this is the community for you!

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