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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    A
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    A
Rochester is a city in Minnesota with a population of 113,913. Rochester is in Olmsted County and is one of the best places to live in Minnesota. Living in Rochester offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Rochester there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Rochester and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Rochester are highly rated.
About Rochester...
Population
113,913

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$188,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$942
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    31%
  • Own
    69%
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Rochester Rankings

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

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    105.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    4.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    49.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    35
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    301.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,667.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    111.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    20%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    19%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%

Working in Rochester

Jobs
A
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$70,749
National
$55,322
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Rochester Reviews

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Beautiful city. People are extremely friendly and eager to help. Lots of jobs available, and lots to do. There is always something to do, and the library is amazing! Lots of community events going, including a year-long farmer's market (this surprised me when I moved here; I didn't know that was possible). Wonderful place to live.
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Rochester has a lot of people, but is a decent sized city. It's not too big, and it's not too small. I can drive from one end to the other in about 20 minutes. Everything and anything you need is in Rochester, probably twice. Most stores have both a North and South location, making it extremely convenient to go anywhere you need!
It's a wide-open town with lots of opportunities for growth! The city itself is very clean, and the job market is always hiring for vartied positions within the medical field. There are also a lot of varied neighborhood 'bedroom' communities, from new 'cookie-cutter' suburban neighborhoods to original neighborhoods from the 1950's. Great place to work and raise children!