8 Reasons to Move to Rochester, MN

A leading university, hip music scene and an ideal location are just a few reasons to relocate to this charming town.

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<p><a href="https://livability.com/mn/rochester">Rochester</a&gt; is known for being the home of the Mayo Clinic, but it has so much more to offer. Their surprisingly large access to arts and culture, a thriving food scene, and world-class educational opportunities helped the town land the #1 spot&nbsp;on our list of the&nbsp;<strong><a href="https://livability.com/best-places/top-100-best-places-to-live/2016">100 Best Places to Live in America</a></strong>. If you haven’t considered moving there, here’s a few reasons why you should:&nbsp;</p>

<h2>1. The University of Minnesota-Rochester (UMR)</h2>

<p><a href="https://livability.com/mn/rochester/schools/schools-colleges-and-univer… of the many colleges</a> in Rochester, UMR is the the University of Minnesota's&nbsp;newest campus&nbsp;and offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. Advance your career with&nbsp;a degree at one of Minnesota’s leading university—the best part is that you won’t have to drive far to do so.</p>

<h2>2. Quarry Hill Nature Center</h2>

<p>This is an outdoor lover’s dream. <a href="http://www.qhnc.org">Quarry Hill Nature Center</a> boasts numerous hiking and biking&nbsp;trails that span across 320 acres of breathtaking landscape. It features a hands-on exploration hall where you can observe live animals in their natural habitat, along with a summer camp program that’s perfect for little ones.</p>

<h2>3. Salem Glen Vineyard and Winery</h2>

<p>Afternoons are best spent at <a href="http://www.salemglenvineyard.com/index.html">Salem Glen</a>—sipping on their full-bodied wines, relaxing on the outdoor deck and perhaps indulging in a cheese plate. Be sure to stop by on Saturdays from 2-5 p.m. when they offer live music.&nbsp;</p>

<h2>4. Mayo Clinic</h2>

<p>The city’s top employer, Mayo Clinic, is world-renown for&nbsp;being&nbsp;the first and largest not-for-profit medical practice. Rochester’s growth and booming economy is largely a result of this medical powerhouse. It employs thousands of people, provides&nbsp;sought-after medical expertise, and is a huge draw for tourists.</p>

<h2>5. Convenient to Minnesota’s best amenities</h2>

<p>Need a short weekend escape? Rochester is just an hour outside of Minneapolis-St. Paul, giving you access to world-class museums and <a href="https://livability.com/mn/minneapolis/food-and-drink/minneapolis-mn-res… dining restaurants</a>.&nbsp;The twin cities offer endless entertainment options like cheering on the Minnesota Twins at Target Field or enjoying a Broadway play at Guthrie Theater. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p>

<h2>6. Fun activities for every season</h2>

<p>Whether it’s a snowy winter or gorgeous spring, this city is <a href="https://livability.com/mn/rochester/attractions/exploring-the-rochester… of activities</a> to keep you entertained year-around. Capitalize on the fresh powder with a ski trip at Welch Village. Then during warmer weather, swing a club at one of the many golf courses or cast your fishing line at Silver Lake. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p>

<h2>7. Thriving art and music scene</h2>

<p>For a town its size, Rochester packs a serious punch in the arts/culture/music department. There’s something for everyone to appreciate. For an elevated musical experience, the <a href="http://www.rochestersymphony.org">Rochester Symphony Orchestra &amp; Chorale</a> will serenade you with their gorgeous sounds. But for a more casual, laidback vibe, <a href="http://www.downtownrochestermn.com/events/tof">Thursdays on First &amp; 3rd Summer Market &amp; Music Festival</a> happens every week during the summer and is filled with fun music, food and people. &nbsp;</p>

<h2>8. Chester’s Kitchen and Bar</h2>

<p>This restaurant is no laughing matter. The #1 Rochester restaurant&nbsp;on Trip Advisor, <a href="http://chesterskb.com">Chester’s Kitchen and Bar</a> serves up a culinary experience you won’t soon forget. We guarantee you’ll be back again… again… and, quite possibly, again.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p>


Stephanie Inman is a former magazine editor turned freelance writer out of Nashville, TN. She has crafted stories on a wide range of subjects, from an Army soldier struggling with ... more
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