New Rochelle

New Rochelle was settled by French Huguenots in the 1680s, and was named after the French port city of La Rochelle. Its most famous resident is English born journalist Thomas Paine who wrote “Common Sense” in 1775 urging the British colonies in North America to seek independence. You can visit the Thomas Paine Cottage Museum located off North Avenue

The shoreline within the City of New Rochelle measures 2.7 miles, but due to many irregularities and off-shore islands, the actual length of the waterfront is 9.3 miles. The unusual coastal features have over the years earned it the nickname, "the Queen City of the Sound."

New Rochelle is commonly referred to as the Home Town because of the significant amount of single-family, residential development that exists throughout most of the city. While the formerly industrial downtown section is more densely developed with condominiums, high rises, offices, shopping centers, affordable housing complexes, a medical center, nursing homes, two college campuses and an intermodal transportation hub, the rest of the city consists of sprawling, residential neighborhoods.

The High School, modeled after a French chateau, boasts its own planetarium and a multi million-dollar extension for the expanded performing arts program. The student body represents 60 countries from around the world, and is a two-time Blue Ribbon School.

Its current population of just over 77,000 may have chosen New Rochelle because of it’s short 35 minute commute to Manhattan. Located just 16 miles from midtown Manhattan, New Rochelle offers a stimulating and beautiful place to live with a diverse cross section of cultures - your city outside the city.

Town Facts

  • City of New Rochelle

  • Local Highways: I-95, Hutchinson River Parkway

  • Distance to NYC: 16 miles

  • Area: Land 10.35 sq mi, Water 2.88 sq mi. Total 13.23 sq mi

  • Population: 77,062 (2010 census)


Commuters from New Rochelle are served by Metro North’s New Haven line, with a 35 minute commuting distance to Grand Central Station. There are also stations just 3.6 miles away in Larchmont and Pelham.

Amtrak also stops in New Rochelle with a 35 minute ride to Penn Station.


New Rochelle offers numerous permit and metered parking - please visit New Rochelle Parking Facilities for detailed information.




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Westchester County Airport is only a 20 minute drive.


Public SchoolS

New Rochelle is serviced by the City School District of New Rochelle, and is accredited by the Middle States Association Commission on Secondary Schools. 96% of graduates attend college or other higher learning institutions, and students earn accolades in competitive national programs including the National Merit Scholarship and the Intel Science Talent Search.

The high school is designed in the French-Gothic style by the noted architectural firm of Guilbert and Betelle. It includes a working clock tower, indoor swimming facilities, eight tennis courts, two football fields, one combined soccer and baseball field, an outdoor track, a television station and a planetarium that can hold 84 viewers and uses a 'Spitz Scidome', 360 degree full dome video projector with ATM-4 automation and a 5.1 surround sound audio system.

The Museum of Arts and Culture is an on-site museum offering exhibits and programs focused on the fine arts, history, literature and science and technology. The Museum opened in 2006 and is the only Regents-chartered museum in a school in the state of New York.

You can also check the website of the New York State Education Department for a full school report on New Rochelle schools.

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