Rochester Population Growth Leads Oakland County Cities

Rochester, MI – The City of Rochester is pleased to announce its population growth from 2000 to 2010 led all cities and villages in Oakland County and was one of the fastest growing cities in the State of Michigan. The Census data, released yesterday, showed population growth of 21.8% and confirmed Rochester’s appeal as a quality of life leader and a premier destination for people live.

Rochester’s population grew from 10,439 in 2000 to 12,711 in 2010. This growth can be attributed to diversity of housing options such as strong historic neighborhoods, newer single family homes on the east side of the City, and exciting multi-unit condos near downtown. The combination with outstanding park, trail and river assets, a vibrant downtown district, high quality education opportunities, and a growing commercial base, has proven to be a successful mix for the community.

During the early part of the decade, Rochester was a leader in the population growth trend in southeast Michigan. While the second half of the decade saw many metro-Detroit communities lose residents as the economy deteriorated, Rochester was successful in retaining its growth and continues to attract new residents despite the down economy. The stability of the City, during unstable times, continues to be attractive to residents and businesses. Mayor Jeffrey Cuthbertson stated, “Our formula for success has been very straightforward: deliver high-quality local services at an affordable price, encourage an open and level playing field for businesses to thrive, and build on the strong historical assets and sense of place that people feel in Rochester. Many community partners are involved in this success, and the City has done its part recently to deliver a more transparent, accountable, and leaner government. The market has spoken in response.”

The City plans to use the Census data to show expanding businesses that Rochester is on the move and locating in the City is a sound business decision. With Rochester at the center, the greater Rochester area will be a leader for the economic recovery in Oakland County. City Manager Jaymes Vettraino added, “We are very pleased with the new Census numbers, which demonstrate the City’s ability to attract and retain residents. We are anxious to see more detailed data from the Census, where we believe it will show strong growth in the 30 to 40 year old age group. Adding residents in this critical demographic will lead the way for the City’s future growth and success.”

The Census data is yet another confirmation of Rochester’s leadership position

as a quality of life leader. Recently, the City was also included on CNN/Money

Magazine’s “Best Places to Live” list, and last year was awarded the “Voice of

the People Award For Excellence” by the ICMA and National Research Center

for its service to its residents.

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