Rochester, MN: What you need to know'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.

Rochester, MN City Profile

Quick Facts

Population 110,275
Median Age 35
Median Household Income $64,554
Median Home Price $164,900
Walkscore 30

Rochester, MN Rankings

Rochester, MN Real Estate

The home of the famed Mayo Clinic – and much more.

Or, how an institution can change a city

Rochester, MN Health and Health Care

Six billion dollar proposal will help ensure that Mayo Clinic remains a global destination for health care

Top hospitals, holistic medicine, fitness are all priorities for good health

Workforce development and diversity initiatives aim to sustain new economic vision

Rochester cares for the millions of visitors who frequent Mayo Clinic each year.

Rochester, MN Business and Economy

Diverse business environment leads to growing economy.

Education and business leaders collaborate to meet growing workforce demands.

Health care provides the foundation for Rochester, MN’s health tourism-oriented economy.

Rochester, MN restaurateur sets an example for charitable giving

Transportation infrastructure, services stand out in Rochester region

Many of Rochester, MN's top employers are in the health-care, education, manufacturing, food production, government and financial sectors.

Mayo Clinic is a great place to work, and Rochester an idyllic place to live.

Rochester, MN Schools

Rochester offers families a wide range of educational choices.

Residents have multiple choices for top schools

Higher education programs, initiatives guide students to success

Rochester’s high education expectations stem from the work of a dedicated community

Rochester, MN Demographics

Population By Gender

  Male 48.5%
  Female 51.5%

Total Employed Armed Forces: 17
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Median Population

Median Age 35.3%
Age 18 Over 75.7%
Age 21 Over 72.5%
Age 62 Over 16.8%
Age 65 Over 13.7%


  Ethnicity White 81.9%
  Ethnicity Black 6.6%
  Ethnicity Asian 7.4%
  Ethnicity Hispanic 5.6%
  Ethnicity Indian 0.3%
  Ethnicity Other 0.9%


  Median Household Income $64,554
  Median Home Price $164,900
  Homes Owned 30.5%
  Homes Rent 69.5%
  Median Property Rent $823


  English Only 83.5%
  English Other 16.5%

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Commute Types

  Walked 3.9%
  Worked at Home 3.2%
  Public Transportation 6.1%
  Other Means 1.9%
  Drove Alone 72.9%
  Carpooled 11.9%

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