Information About Rochester

The total estimated population is 488,602. Density is average at 2,991 persons per square mile.

Races of Residents

Population by Race: White: 350,223; Black: 95,624; Asian: 12,459; Two or More Races: 11,832; American Indian: 1,533; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 177; Other Race: 16,754; Hispanic Population: Hispanic or Latino: 35,043 (7%); Not Hispanic or Latino: 453,559 (93%)

There are 39,513 foreign born residents, of which 52.4% are naturalized citizens.

Most Common Birthplaces

Foreign Born: Italy: 3,665; Canada: 2,462; Jamaica: 2,242; India: 1,864; Germany: 1,830; Ukraine: 1,818; Vietnam: 1,715; U.S. Born: This State: 357,657; South: 33,368; Northeast: 23,630; Midwest: 14,262; West: 6,278;

Most Common Foreign Birthplaces in Rochester Most Common US Birthplaces in Rochester

The sex distribution is 48% male and 52% female. The median age is 35 years.

Age Distribution

There are 33,819 married couples with children and 23,992 single-parent households (3,813 men, 20,179 women).

The median household income is $36,522 in 1999 dollars.

Median Household Income Comparisons

U.S.: $41,994; New York: $43,393; Rochester: $36,522;

15% of the population lives below the poverty line.

Poverty Level Comparisons

U.S.: 12%; New York: 15%; Rochester: 15%;

Household Income Distribution

In thousands of dollars.

Work Type and Occupations

Work Type: Private wage and salary: 161,445; Government: 25,000; Self-employed: 10,051; Unpaid family work: 403; Occupation: Management, professional, and related: 80,946; Sales and office: 58,910; Professional and related: 55,333; Service: 36,019; Office and administrative support: 35,591; Production, transportation, and material moving: 34,920;

Work Types in Rochester Common Occupations in Rochester

The average commute time is 20 minutes to and from work.

Transportation to Work

Car or truck (drove alone): 174,294; Car or truck (carpooled): 20,674; Walked: 9,020; Public transportation: 8,801; Worked at home: 4,959; Bicycle: 667; Motorcycle: 199;

Transportation to work methods in Rochester

Educational Attainment

Percent of population in Rochester.

There are 209,973 housing units, of which 130,564 are single family homes.

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing

All Housing Units: Owner: 114,215; Renter: 81,033; Vacant: 14,725; Owner-Occupied: Mortgaged: 80,348; Not Mortgaged: 33,867;

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing in Rochester

The median single family home value is $84,674.

Median Monthly Cost for Mortgaged Homes

U.S.: $1,088; New York: $1,357; Rochester: $995;

Median Rent for Rental Units

U.S.: $519; New York: $605; Rochester: $530;

The average household size is 2 and the median number of rooms in housing units is 5.

Housing Units By Year Built

1939 or earlier: 69,471; 1940 to 1949: 21,872; 1950 to 1959: 34,013; 1960 to 1969: 33,444; 1970 to 1979: 25,439; 1980 to 1989: 14,489; 1990 to 1994: 5,337; 1995 to 1998: 4,834; 1999 to March 2000: 1,074;

0.7% of homes lack plumbing and 2.5% lack telephone service.

Commonly Used Home Heating Fuel

Utility Gas: 161,848; Electricity: 21,641; Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.: 6,820; Bottled, tank, or LP gas: 2,341;

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