Much is happening in Rochester. In Rochester, you will find a rapidly growing community that continues to attract commercial and industrial companies that provide quality employment opportunities to many throughout the area. The recent expansion of the Spaulding Turnpike opened up many opportunities for growth and development. Our many business parks of varying sizes have room for expansion, and we are an ideal location for businesses seeking quality workforce, low business costs and a vital and energized pro-business climate. Due to its entrepreneurial spirit, Rochester serves as the seacoast hub for innovation, featuring an annual Start-up Business Competition. With many commercial centers around the City, Rochester also serves as a regional shopping destination, offering a vibrant collection of nationally known stores and independently owned shops. Rochester is proud to be a Main Street community with an active Rochester Main Street organization that works to actively engage our downtown businesses and provide events to bring its citizens and visitors to downtown Rochester. The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce is proud to be part of this continued progress and works actively with community leaders to maintain Rochester’s business friendly environment.
Rochester offers excellent access by air, highway, rail and water to national and global markets. the Spaulding Turnpike a multi-lane, limited access highway with six exits within the City. This expressway provides easy access to Interstate 95, the Pease International Airport, Boston's Logan Airport, Manchester International Airport, the Portland International Jetport and the Port of Portsmouth. In addition to the turnpike, major highways in Rochester also include routes 11, 108, 125, and 202.
Rochester offers quality educational programs from continuing education courses, two-year Associate degrees to four-year Bachelor degrees and higher education programs available at Granite State College, Great Bay Community College’s new Advanced Technology & Academic Training Center in Rochester and the University of New Hampshire in Durham.
Rochester is well known for its arts, cultural and recreational amenities. The historic Rochester Opera House provides live performances including music, dance, theater and a youth summer theater camp for developing performing artists. Art Esprit, a group of literary and visual artists in the area, attracts many with their annual public art exhibits. Monthly Art Strolls bring hundreds to the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts, as well as craft galleries, antiques and collectible shops. Musical entertainment is featured at several venues and offers outdoor concerts in the summer. The Rochester Fair is the state’s longest-running agricultural fair attracting thousands of visitors to the city. Other amenities include recreational facilities including Roger Allen Athletic Park hosting youth baseball along with a new “buddy ball” field, an 18-hole golf course, driving range, cross-country skiing and more. Skyhaven Airport in Rochester offers hangar and maintenance services to private pilots and offers certified flight training.
Rochester provides quality healthcare. Frisbie Memorial Hospital is a 100-bed acute care community hospital located in Rochester offering a broad range of medical, diagnostic and surgical services, with access to over 230 physicians providing specialized medical care. A number of home health facilities offer a variety of health care services in the patient’s home following an illness or injury. Skilled nursing home facilities, respite, long-term care and hospice services are available in Rochester and surrounding communities to residents and their families for those with disabilities, long-term and terminal illnesses.
The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce office houses an Information Center, providing information to residents and visitors on local business services, maps, community events and attractions in the state.
Rochester is a great choice in which to live and do business. Rochester has been ranked among the top communities for quality of life. It’s widely recognized high quality of life along with its supportive and friendly environment make it the best choice of destinations to live or do business.
Click on the links below to view a Community Profile of Rochester demographic information and to download a Community Facts Sheet.