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About Rochester

December 15, 2010

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Rochester, Minn. has consistently been voted one of the top cities to live in the U.S. and attracts people from all over the world to experience the unique combination of world-class innovation and safe, friendly and naturally beautiful hometown charm.


The city of Rochester spans a land area of 39.8 square miles and is located in Olmsted County in southeastern Minnesota.  Rochester lies approximately 76 miles southeast of the Twin Cities and is the third largest city in Minnesota.  The city has been named the "#6 City for the Next Decade" by Kiplinger's Personal Finance and among the "Best Small Cities in America" by Money Magazine.


Rochester experiences a wide range of temperature fluctuations throughout the year due to a continental climate.  The average annual temperature in Rochester is 44 degrees, and the average annual precipitation is 34 inches of rain and 48.8 inches of snow.


Rochester's population is 100,845, with a designated market area population of 178,766.  Rochester is the third largest city in Minnesota, and is growing at a faster rate than any other major city in the state.  Residents enjoy:

  • Low unemployment — 7.2 percent in Rochester and the surrounding metropolitan area
  • Inexpensive home-ownership; the average home sale price in Rochester is $187,492
  • Extremely low commute times with an average of 14.9 minutes as compared to 25 minutes nationally
  • Relatively high median income per household at $49,090 and $78,452 per family
  • Low violent crime; only 278 violent crimes per 100,000 people annually


Rochester is the primary destination of workers from an area of roughly 2,300 square miles in southeastern Minnesota.  The three largest employers in Rochester are Mayo Clinic, IBM Corporation and the Rochester School District.  Mayo Clinic provides care for more than 1.5 million patients each year from more than 140 countries, employing over 32,348 people in Rochester.  There is a skyway that connects Mayo Clinic to many facilities, which makes it possible for people to stay indoors when the weather gets too cold in the bitter Minnesota winters.  IBM employs 4,200 in Rochester, and the Rochester School District employs more than 2,293 people.


There are approximately 2.7 million visitors to Rochester every year that contribute more than $520 million in direct visitor spending to the local economy, in turn creating more than 12,000 full-time equivalent jobs.


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