Aerial view of Rochester, MN, showing the Zumba River
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How We Calculate Our Data
Civics 75
Demographics 54
Economy 55
Education 60
Health 80
Housing 84
Infrastructure 59

#1. Rochester, MN

Rochester’s rise to the top of our Best Places index has been steady but not surprising. The city first appeared on the Top 100 Best Places to Live 2014 as the seventh best city, then climbed to No. 2 on 2015’s index. New scores for Rochester’s schools, civil engagement, health-care scene and, most notably, its diverse range of affordable housing, pushed it to the top spot. Home to the renowned Mayo Clinic, Rochester is experiencing an economic boom that is bringing in thousands of new residents and new businesses, and giving those who live here an expanding assortment of entertainment options.

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