Livability.com's No. 1 city on its 2017 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.
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