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

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%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Rochester Reviews

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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!
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A medium-sized city with a small-town feel! Amenities meet Minnesota-nice (which indeed is a real thing!) Wonderful walking and biking paths, beautiful weather, and a deep focus on environmental health.
From my experience I love the people, they are what you call "Minnesota nice" and there's great culture and diversity here.Compared to other areas, Rochester in some places, things are inexpensive, such as food, housing cost, etc.” It's also the place to be known as the "med-city" because of the renowned Hospital, "Mayo Clinic" and a software company called IBM has one of the largest facilities located here. Plus Rochester, MN has been highly recognized in the media as one of the “Best Places to live.” Another change I'd like to see is more culture and especially in schools I'd like to see yoga in the curriculum for gym class and in place of certain elective credits, the school system should require them to take a finance course to teach things like how to do their taxes, and more real life examples these are the things I'd like for people to take action on.