What you need to know about Rochester, MN

Livability.com's No. 1 city on its 2016 ranking of Top 100 Best Places to Live, Rochester is home to the Mayo Clinic, the world’s first and largest not-for-profit group medical practice and the city's top employer. In part because of the international talent and guests the Mayo Clinic attracts, the city has more arts organizations and cultural events than one might expect for a city its size. Residents also enjoy proximity to Minneapolis, which is about 85 miles away. The University of Minnesota–Rochester and close to a dozen other colleges and universities work to prepare and educate the area's students and workforce, and the student population also adds a youthful vibe to the city's atmosphere. U.S. News and World Report placed Rochester in the top 10 of both the Best Places to Grow Up and the Best Cities for Job-Seeking Retirees.

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Population

109,252
Up by 8.44%
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Housing

Homes Owned 69.60%
69.60% Complete
Homes Rented 30.40%
30.40% Complete

Real Estate

In Rochester, Minnesota


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Median Home Price

$163,400
Lower than the state average
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Schools

In Rochester, Minnesota


The quality of a school district is often a top factor for parents considering where to live. Strong school systems attract new residents and help their cities prosper. See how Rochester rates.

Median Household Income

$63,472
Higher than the national average

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In Rochester, Minnesota


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Residents

Most residents are
5-17 Years old
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Health

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Education

Bachelor’s Degree 42%
42% Complete
Graduated High School 94%
94% Complete
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Rochester, MN's Livability Rankings

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