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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  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
    A-
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$167,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$847
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    30%
  • Own
    70%

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
    103
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    42
    41
  • Robbery
    43
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    331
    500
  • Theft
    1,740
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    116
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$65,195
National
$55,322
Children
21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    19%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    19%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%

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Rochester Reviews

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I love Rochester! Personally, I am a big fan of the weather changes and all of the seasons, so I love living in an area where I get to see the leaves change and the snow fall. The downtown area is very pretty and there are resources to many different kinds of people available everywhere. If there was one thing I could change, it would be the amount of activities available to younger people. Adults have the ability to go to bars and restaurants downtown, but students and kids don't have many activities to do. I would like to see more parks, trails, and sport-designated areas around in order to get kids outside and active. Other than that, I love it here!
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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!
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!