Living in Rochester Hills, MI

If you are moving to the city of Rochester Hills in Oakland County, Michigan, you will be joining a population of more than 76,000. Rochester Hills has charmed its residents with its charming downtown district, its safe neighborhoods, and its beautiful homes.

What is it like living in Rochester Hills? In this post, you will find out in detail. We are going to share the cost of living, employment opportunities, crime data, leisure and entertainment options, and more.



Cost of Living in Rochester Hills

What is the Cost of Living in Rochester Hills?

We can look at the data in Sperling’s Best Places to find out about the cost of living in Rochester Hills.

This website uses a scale to rate cost of living where 100 represents the US average. Values above 100 are higher than the US average cost of living, while values below 100 are under the US average cost of living.

On that scale, Rochester Hills receives a rating of 116.5 overall, making it just a little bit more expensive than the US average. That is actually quite low when you take into account the excellent quality of life this city offers.

Housing Cost in Rochester Hills

Housing Costs in Rochester Hills

You are probably wondering how housing fits into that breakdown. The median home cost in the US is $291,700. In Rochester Hills, it is $376,000.

Although that is more expensive than the nationwide average, you will see that the high earnings potential in this area can easily offset the cost.

Employment Opportunities in Rochester Hills

Employment Opportunities in Rochester Hills

One of the most exciting things about moving to Rochester Hills is the economic opportunities in this thriving job market.

The median household income in the US in 2019 was $68,703. The US Census Bureau reports that the median household income in 2016-2020 in Rochester Hills was $99,666. That is a much higher figure!

Moreover, the poverty rate reported for Rochester Hills is just 4.2%. That is quite low for a city. For contrast, the poverty rate for Detroit is 33.2%.

Education in Rochester Hills

Rochester Hills Education

Another thing Rochester Hills residents love about this city is its educational opportunities for all ages.

Most students will attend Rochester Community Schools, but some will be in the Avondale School District. There are some highly rated public schools in this community at the elementary and secondary level.

At the post-secondary level, some schools to attend in this area include Great Lakes University, Oakland University, Rochester University, Oakland University, and others.

Nearby Ann Arbor is a popular college town where students can attend the University of Michigan.

Security in Rochester Hills

Rochester Hills is a Safe Place to Live

Great educational opportunities are just one of the reasons that Rochester Hills is a great place for raising a family. The other is the very low crime rate.

Sperling’s uses an index to rate crime where 1 is the lowest crime and 100 is the highest crime.

On that scale, the US average violent crime rate is 22.7. In Rochester Hills, it is just 8.9.

On the same scale, the US average property crime rate is 35.4. The property crime rate in Rochester Hills is only 15.7.

Getting Around in Rochester Hills

Getting Around Rochester Hills

Rochester Hills is lacking in most public transportation options. Thankfully, the roads are easy to navigate, and getting around the area is pretty straightforward.

The vast majority of people living in this community commute to work on their own in their private vehicles. But a significant chunk of the population does carpool to work or work from home.

The average time for a one-way commute is 27 minutes. That is scarcely longer than the US average of 26.4 minutes.

Good Weather in Rochester Hills

How is the Weather in Rochester Hills?

There are four distinct seasons in Rochester Hills. You can expect around 179 sunny days each year, around 33 inches of annual snow, and about 32 inches of annual rain.

During summer, the highs peak at around 82 degrees Fahrenheit, which is fairly temperate. During winter, lows can drop down to around 16 degrees Fahrenheit.

On the Sperling’s Comfort Index, 10 is the most comfortable possible climate. On that scale, Rochester Hills receives a rating of 6.8, which is right around the average for the country.

The climate is considered particularly hospitable in summer; on the same scale, the summer rating for Rochester Hills is 9.4. That is just about ideal.

Leisure and Entertainment in Rochester Hills

Leisure and Entertainment in Rochester Hills

In and around Rochester Hills are many fun attractions such as Yates Cider Mill, SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium, Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, and Innovation Hills.

Some parks in the area you can enjoy include Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, Thelma Spencer Park and Rochester Municipal Park.

You can also travel to downtown Detroit for more activities, or visit the Great Lakes.

Many Rochester Hills sports fans like to follow the Detroit Lions, the Detroit Pistons, the Detroit Tigers, and the Detroit Red Wings.

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Nicole Standard
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Trevor Cox
Trevor Cox
15:34 16 May 22
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Zachary Wagner
Zachary Wagner
18:17 11 May 22
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Britney Glowe
21:35 03 Apr 22
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Brooke Busse
Brooke Busse
02:33 04 Mar 22
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Maya LaFlamme
Maya LaFlamme
23:20 01 Feb 22
Our realtor recommended Sean at Ascend Mortgage along with a couple of other local lenders. We ultimately chose Sean because the platform and website was extremely user friendly. Honestly, we couldn’t have picked a better lender as first time home buyers. Sean answered all of our questions before we even asked. He is so knowledgeable, warm and treated this process with so much care. At no point did we feel ignorant, abandoned or judged. Even when we had to talk about our finances (my credit score was very, very low) I didn’t feel shame or embarrassment. Sean came up with a plan that helped my credit and put us in a position for a potentially better interest rate in the future. Ben and Maria put in so much administrative work and answered all of our questions quickly and kindly. I loved how easy the portal was to upload our documents and see when they’re been reviewed and accepted. Every step of the way Ben, Maria and Sean kept us in the loop and was clear about the pace in which we should do things without making us feel rushed and stressed. Every step of the way Ben, Maria and Sean kept us in the loop and was clear about the pace in which we should do things without making us feel rushed and stressed. Maria and Ben especially showed up strong during the underwriting process. We had a grant and they were incredible juggling the needs and priorities of our funder and the lender.All in all, this experience was amazing and easeful. I would use Ascend again, again and again.
Darrell Niedzwiecki
Darrell Niedzwiecki
12:18 14 Jan 22
Sean Chamberlain and his team did a great job assisting us with a home loan! Sean in particular did an excellent job explaining and assisting with every step in the process. We found his use of video messages very helpful.
Denise Roe
Denise Roe
18:57 24 Dec 21
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Jeff Roe
Jeff Roe
21:04 22 Dec 21
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Thomas Parkhill
Thomas Parkhill
13:34 28 Nov 21
I have had the pleasure of working with Ascend Mortgage and Sean Chamberlain previously. This year I had the privilege of working with Sean's assistant, Maria Janiszewska-Chamberlain and Operations Manager, Ben Daiek, who helped me get everything electrically signed, and ready to go to the Transnation Title Company in Clarkston. Ben was extremely helpful and very patient with an old guy who is not very sharp with new technology on my computer and cell phone. Ben also delivered my documents to my residence.I don't know about other mortgage companies, but I would highly recommend Ascend Mortgage LLC with Sean Chamberlain and his team with Maria and Ben for a wonderful experience my wife, Cindi and myself received.Thomas H. Parkhill
Ciaran McQuiston
Ciaran McQuiston
23:42 23 Nov 21
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Maria Janiszewska
Maria Janiszewska
19:56 16 Nov 21
Drake Jarmon
Drake Jarmon
12:35 22 Sep 21
Working with Sean and his team was extremely easy! Very professional and quick to respond. Always available, day or night, to answer any questions that we had. Up to date technology!! Highly recommend for the purchase or refinancing of your home.
Stefan Anderson
Stefan Anderson
16:07 17 Sep 21
Great experience overall. They took a personal approach to educate us on our home buying journey to ensure we knew what to expect to aid us in our decision process.
Tony Yancey
Tony Yancey
20:22 20 Aug 21
Wes Evans
Wes Evans
21:49 06 Aug 21
I met Sean chamberlain and his excellent team during at service call at his office.After talking about the results of his AC diagnosis we began talking about life and finances Sean is very easy to talk too and has great advice for first time and longtime homeowners.When it comes to making financial decisions I HiGHLY recommend Sean and his team at ascend mortgage to anyone looking to refinance there home.Anytime I had a question either him or his team were right there to make sure I had an answer quickly
Ashlynn Graff
Ashlynn Graff
18:12 02 Aug 21
We have used Sean and his team at Ascend Mortgage for a new purchase and two refinances. I am a former real estate agent and have worked with many different mortgage companies. Ascend Mortgage is by far the best! The rate is always the lowest I can find. They are extremely responsive and transparent. I get weekly updates from them that shows me my current house value and neighborhood trends. They contact me when I can save money on my mortgage and get a better rate without pestering me. They are just all around great people. Thank you Sean, Ben and Maria!
Dan Lupo
Dan Lupo
17:48 26 Jul 21
I primarily worked with Ben Daiek and Sean Chamberlain at Ascend Mortgage and they made this process quick, easy and understandable. It was painless and way less intimidating than I thought it would be. They got me a great rate and there’s nothing more that I could ask for or that I would change about my experience.
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CoMi ProVa
03:43 20 Jun 21
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Greg Tony
Greg Tony
20:46 24 May 21
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Caitlin Wysocki
Caitlin Wysocki
14:08 28 Apr 21
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Kelli Joubran
Kelli Joubran
23:32 18 Mar 21
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Denise Mckibben
Denise Mckibben
20:10 18 Mar 21
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Aleaha Begum
Aleaha Begum
01:51 18 Mar 21
Deciding to work with Ascend Mortgage was the best choice we could have made as a first time home buyer. Right from the start, Sean was fully committed to providing everything we needed to be a well informed client. Sean spent hours meeting with us through Zoom answering all the questions we had. He explained everything in easy to understand terms and was very patient, making sure that we were satisfied with the details of everything involved all along the way. Sean helped guide us in many crucial decisions, laying out the pros and cons of each. Ascend mortgage went above and beyond to get our offer accepted on our home by calling listing agent or sending recorded videos about how strong our loan was and close in record time. Sean and his team went above and beyond in more ways then I have space to write about. We look forward to continuing working with Ascend Mortgage in the future. Thank you Sean, Ben and Maria for your wonderful service. We appreciate you all so much.
Kyle Chavez
Kyle Chavez
14:43 08 Mar 21
Sean and the team were very responsive throughout the whole house-buying process. They got me a great rate and were able to close on my house extremely quickly. 5/5 would mortgage again.
Jihad Allan
Jihad Allan
22:13 28 Feb 21
I got to know Sean in 2013 when I purchased my house. After checking with other companies I always went back to Sean knowing he will give me an honest answer. Sean and his team are wonderful people. Excellent customer service. Sean is a friend. I feel very comfortable working with him and his team. I definitely recommend Ascend Mortgage. Check them out and you will be happy.
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Sung Ahn
18:05 26 Feb 21
Ascend Mortgage has great people to work with. My experience with them was really good. I was able to close my home on the date I've originally planned.
Amanda Box
Amanda Box
19:53 19 Feb 21
Great to work with! They made the process very easy and answered all my questions. This is the second time that I've had the pleasure to refinance with Sean, and it has been a great experience both times.
Sara Reifman
Sara Reifman
20:25 18 Feb 21
Sean is quick to respond to all my questions, and he is very knowledgeable and experienced. I have felt like I was in great hands throughout the whole process, and even though I closed on my house almost a year ago, Sean still makes himself available to help me.
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Move Into Your Rochester Hills Dream Home

Now you know more about what it is like to live in the beautiful, safe community of Rochester Hills. Are you ready to win your dream home? Ascend Mortgage can help you apply for a competitive loan and close fast. Please give us a call today at (248) 775-1275 to schedule your consultation.