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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A
Rochester is a city in Minnesota with a population of 111,396. Rochester is in Olmsted County and is one of the best places to live in Minnesota. Living in Rochester offers residents a 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
111,396

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%
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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.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    101
    283
  • Murder
    1
    6
  • Rape
    53
    41
  • Robbery
    40
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    250
    500
  • Theft
    1,525
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    85
    284
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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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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!
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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!
Rochester is a fast-growing city with increasing job opportunities ranging across all career types. The housing market is hot, with homes selling in less than a week on average. Rochester continues to grow its community by offering activities to the public such as music, art/food festivals, family-friendly activities, as well as night-life entertainment for the college/adult community. With Mayo Clinic and the Destination Medical Center project underway, residents (new and old) are seeing the changes take place to buildings, roadways, and other various changes.