While Rochester may be best known for its famous hospital, which draws patients, doctors and researchers from all over the world, this city is so much more than that. There’s a growing food scene and plenty of community events to keep residents entertained. And for a relatively small city, Rochester has a great public transportation system. Its bus system has 40 weekday routes. Skyways and pedestrian subways connect buildings downtown. If you’re car-free, Rochester has 85 (!) miles of interconnected trails that are available for pedestrian, bike, wheelchair and stroller use.
Rochester is also incredibly civic-minded — its citizens vote, volunteer and get involved in their communities at a much higher rate than the national average. The bottom line? Living here means taking pride in your city.
Local Obsession: The Mayo Clinic! It’s currently ranked the best hospital in the U.S.
Climate Described in 6 Words Or Less: Very cold winter, very hot summer.
Top Employers: Mayo Clinic, IBM and Charter Communications
Local Dream Job: A pediatric surgeon at the Mayo Clinic
Quintessential Meal: A burger and beer at Newt’s, a local restaurant that’s been in business for almost 40 years. It’s kid-friendly which makes it a great place for Rochester’s many young families!
Favorite Weekend Activity: Rochester is surrounded by picturesque river bluffs, making it a great place for hiking.
After-Work Meetup Spot: The Half Barrel’s happy hour runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. every weekday and is walking distance from the Mayo. And they have over 400 different whiskeys to choose from!
Best Brewery: Forager Brewery
Free Way to Have Fun: Rochester’s popular Winterfest is free every year.
- Sarah von Bargen