Best Places to Live

Rochester, MN

Population: 121,137
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Helping to drive the future economy of Rochester is the Rochester Entrepreneur Network, which schedules several get-togethers for business owners. Also in this thriving city are organizations such as BioAM, Entrepreneurship Journey Committee, and the annual Rochester Global Entrepreneurship Week. Add to it that Rochester has been named one of 100 Best Places to Live three years in a row (including the #1 spot in 2016), and you have one of the best all-around cities on this list.

Business Growth (2011-2015): 10%

Employment Growth (2011-2015): 3%