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Rochester is a borough in Beaver Countymarker, Pennsylvaniamarker, United Statesmarker. Located 25 miles (40 km) northwest of Pittsburghmarker, it is part of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. The population was 4,014 at the 2000 census.

Like many places in and around Pittsburgh and especially Beaver County, Rochester has been used for scenes in movies. Scenes in the 1986 movie Gung Ho (starring Pittsburgh native Michael Keaton) and the 1996 movie Kingpin (starring Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid, and Bill Murray) were both shot in Rochester.


Rochester is at (40.703146, -80.283420).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²), of which, 0.6 square miles (1.5 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (17.14%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 4,014 people, 1,732 households, and 971 families residing in the borough. The population density is 2,626.8/km² (6,861.5/mi²). There are 1,900 housing units at an average density of 1,243.4 persons/km² (3,247.8 persons/mi²). The racial makeup of the borough is 83.81% White, 13.38% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.57% from other races, and 1.82% from two or more races. 0.92% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,732 households out of which 25.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.3% were married couples living together, 14.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.9% were non-families. 37.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the borough the population was spread out with 21.6% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 17.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 85.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.3 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $30,970, and the median income for a family was $39,805. Males had a median income of $28,906 versus $21,576 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $15,359. About 7.2% of families and 12.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.4% of those under age 18 and 11.1% of those age 65 or over.

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