About the Village

The Village of Rochester, incorporated in 1912, is located in western Racine County in the state of Wisconsin. Rochester offers a unique quality of life found only in rural areas and yet is within easy commuting distance to Milwaukee, Racine, Waukesha, and Lake Geneva job markets.

Nestled between the larger communities of Burlington and Waterford, Rochester has been able to retain unique small-town charm that mixes urban, farming, and country lifestyles.

The Fox River is a main waterway running through the Village. The river offers recreational opportunities for fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. Rochester also has five park areas that offer hiking, bicycle trails, baseball and soccer fields and plenty of room to enjoy nature. The Honey Creek Wildlife Areas offer 1023 acres of wildlife preservation. Public hunting is allowed during appropriate seasons.

Community Profile

View the 2022 Rochester Community Profile, including information about property tax rates, demographics, and housing.

2020 Census Data 2022 Property Tax Data
Population: 3,785
Total Households: 1,566
Occupied Housing Units: 1,513 - 96.6%
Vacant Housing Units:  53 - 3.4%

WI Dept of Admin estimated population, 2022: 3,822

Statement of Taxes, 2022

Village of Rochester Statement of Taxes
Assessment Ratio: 94%
Net Tax Rate/$1,000:
Waterford School District $15.12
Burlington School District $12.58
BSD Honey Lake RID $14.75
BSD Honey Lake/Valley Estates $16.77
Equalized Value: $435,134,500

For tax inquiries by tax key # or address, visit the Racine County Register of Deeds Tax Inquiry page.

Village Government

The Village of Rochester is managed by an elected non-partisan Board of seven members: one president and six trustees. In Wisconsin's Village form of government, officials are elected "at large." Any qualified elector of the municipality is able to run for any seat.

Most administrative functions of the Village are performed by appointed staff members, who maintain offices in the Village Hall. This is where information on public services and public records can be found.