Rochester, Ulster County, New York

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Rochester is a town in Ulster County, New York, United States. The population was 7,018 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Rochester is an interior town located near the center of Ulster County (Mid-Hudson region of New York). The northwest part of the town is in the Catskill Park.

US Route 209 passes across the town.



Mombaccus was the Dutch name for the area that became the Town of Rochester. It was first settled in 1672. The name Rochester began with the issuance of a land patent in 1703. It became a Town in 1788 and the formal establishment of the Town of Rochester occurred in 1803.

Parts of Rochester were used to create the Towns of Middletown in 1798 (now in Delaware County), Neversink in 1798 (now in Sullivan County), Wawarsing in 1806, and Gardiner in 1853.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 88.8 square miles (229.9 km²), of which, 88.4 square miles (229.0 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²) of it (0.42%) is water.

Rochester lies in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 7,018 people, 2,688 households, and 1,830 families residing in the town. The population density was 79.4 people per square mile (30.6/km²). There were 3,750 housing units at an average density of 42.4/sq mi (16.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.42% White, 2.51% African American, 0.54% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.83% from other races, and 2.15% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.83% of the population.

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