A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    A
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    A
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$164,900
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$823
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    31%
  • Own
    69%

Rochester Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    89
    273
  • Murder
    1
    6
  • Rape
    42
    41
  • Robbery
    44
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    416
    525
  • Theft
    1,766
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    81
    263

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$64,554
National
$53,889
Children
21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    19%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%
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I have had a wonderful eighteen years growing up in Rochester, Minnesota. From city-wide bike trails, local swimming pools and lakes, and many opportunities for retail shopping, Rochester has an unending array of activities available. There are many local churches and non-profit organizations to become involved with and be involved in the community. Rochester provides the perfect combination of the quick pace of a big city and the charming connection found in small towns!
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I have lived in Rochester my entire life. It is home and it is growing. We definitely have the Minnesota nice vibe happening here, but it is rather conservative. However, for those who are choosing the medical field as a career there are ample opportunities for employment at the Mayo Clinic. We are very family friendly here and there always seem to be different activities going on for the kids. All and all it's a pretty good place to live if you can handle the harsh winters that we sometimes endure here! Summer is absolutely beautiful!
I love Rochester, it is a great place to live with endless possibilities and opportunities! I am a single parent currently enrolled at Hawthorne Education Center and Rochester Community And Technical college. Since I moved here about a year ago life for my son and myself has been great!