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Rochester, Minn. Convention & Visitors Bureau Statistics & History

December 20, 2010

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  • Census figures show that Rochester is home to the most physicians per capita of any metropolitan area in the country with 1,995 physicians per 100,000 people — or one in 50.
  • Rochester area residents live longer — the county's life expectancy of 80.7 years is the 37th highest among more than 3,000 counties in the nation, according to a study from Harvard University.
  • There are approximately 2.7 million visitors to Rochester every year, in turn creating more than 12,000 hospitality related jobs.
  • Sixty percent of visitors come for Mayo Clinic, 18 percent for business, 14 percent for conventions or sports, six percent for leisure, and two percent for other reasons.
  • The Rochester Convention & Visitors Bureau books more than 100,000 room nights from conventions, meetings and sporting events each year, providing a $63 million return to the City of Rochester.
  • George Head founded Rochester in the late 1840s. Head came from Rochester, N.Y. looking for a chance to prosper in a new area.
  • Rochester was known as a stagecoach stop for travelers who journeyed between St. Paul, Minn. and Dubuque, Iowa. When the railroad came to town in the 1870s, it brought with it a number of new residents and a wealth of business opportunities.
  • On Aug. 21, 1883 a tornado demolished much of Rochester, leaving many dead and several thousand wounded. There was no medical facility at the time, so Dr. William W. Mayo and his two sons worked together to care for the wounded. With the help of the Sisters of St. Francis Church, they collected $60,000 in donations and Dr. Mayo opened a new facility, which is now Mayo Clinic.
  • Mayo Clinic specializes in virtually every medical specialty and provides care for more than 1.5 million patients each year from more than 140 countries. Its strength is its comprehensiveness and its ability to provide diagnosis and treatment of virtually any medical problem. Mayo Clinic’s practice includes more than 100 medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties.

A typical day at Mayo Clinic:

  • Outpatient visits: 5,764
  • Admissions to the hospital: 241
  • Surgical procedures: 205
  • Lab tests: 41,000
  • Radiology procedures: 3,779
  • CT scans: 647
  • Chest X-rays: 702
  • MRIs: 244
  • Electrocardiograms: 755
  • Units of blood and blood components used: 213


For more information, please contact Mary Gastner at 800-634-8277 or mgastner@rochestercvb.org or visit http://www.rochestercvb.org/