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About Us

Rochester, MN: Meet the "Best Small City in America"

Money Magazine said it best, "One thing to remember about Rochester is that it has the sophistication of a larger metro area, but not the congestion or the complications." Named "Best Small City" in America by the nationally recognized magazine, Rochester merges a cosmopolitan atmosphere with Midwestern hospitality giving convention attendees a most memorable experience.

About Rochester

Population
Rochester: 108,992
Olmsted County: 147,066

Time Zone
Minnesota is in the Central Standard Time (CST -6:00 GMT) zone and central daylight time.

Climate and Average Weather
Below is a list of average high and low temperatures throughout the year in Rochester.

January: 21°/3°
February: 26°/8°
March: 38°/20°
April: 55°/34°
May: 68°/46°
June: 78°/56°
July: 82°/60°
August: 79°/58°
September: 70°/48°
October: 59°/38°
November: 40°/24°
December: 26°/10°

City, County & State Laws

Alcohol Laws - The drinking age in Minnesota is 21 years of age. Supermarkets and grocery stores sell 3.2 beer. Bars stop serving alcohol at 2:00 a.m. Monday-Saturday, and at midnight on Sundays.

Sales Taxes - In Minnesota you can enjoy no sales tax on clothing, groceries, or medicine. The current state sales tax on other items is 6.875%.

Additional Sales Taxes in Rochester - In addition to the state sales tax, in the City of Rochester a local sales tax of 0.5% will be imposed on all sales except clothing, groceries, or medicine. The City of Rochester falls within Olmsted County where an addiitonal sales tax of 0.25% is imposed making the current total local sales tax an additional 0.75%.

Sales Tax on Lodging - A sales tax of 7% on all lodging and lodging-related* services is charged in the City of Rochester for less than 30 days or for 30 days or more, if there is no enforceable written agreement that requires the guest to give notice of intent to terminate. 
*Lodging related services are services provided within a guest room by a hotel, motel, rooming house, tourist court, resort, or other similiar establishment and associated with the use of the lodging facility and billed by the facility.

Smoking - Minnesota's Clean Indoor Air Act with Freedom to Breathe Amendments and Olmsted County's Smoke-Free Workplace Ordinance protect employees and the general public from the hazards of secondhand smoke by eliminating smoking in public places, places of employment, public transportation, and at public meetings.

Read more at the Olmsted County Public Health Smoke-Free information page.