Population: 111,396Median home value: $167,800Find homes for sale 81 Ranks better than 96% of areas

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Rochester, Minnesota is a medium-sized city with a population of 111,396 inhabitants. At 81%, the majority of the Rochester population is White; this is followed by 8% Asian and 7% Black. Rochester is known to be family friendly as more than 78% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 55% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

Without the right tools, relocating to any new city can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Rochester, Minnesota could be a positive experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, crime, cost of living, weather, employment, you can easily compare the best places to live in Rochester and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Rochester to Minnesota and the national average.

Rochester, MN receives 81/100 for it’s livability score; this results in a ranking of #6 in Minnesota and #1,171 in the USA. This is a terrific score, as Rochester ranks well in multiple categories! Rochester also ranks in the top 10 percent of all cities, which is no small feat! If we explore each of the categories on their own, we see that Rochester ranks well for amenities (A+), crime (B), education (B-) and housing (A-). There are some categories that Rochester scores poorly for, including: weather (F). It might be worth taking a closer look to find out why.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Rochester is actually affordable. The median home price for Rochester homes is $167,800, which is 12.4% lower than the Minnesota average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Rochester, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.6, which is 13.3% lower than the Minnesota average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Rochester will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Rochester, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 9.1%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 7%.

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Compare Rochester, MN Livability To Other Cities

Best Cities Near Rochester, MN

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Rochester, MN810111,396
Northfield, MN8145.920,405
Preston, MN7930.81,383
Plainview, MN7718.43,267
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Eyota, MN7712.32,073
Oronoco, MN7710.41,532
Chatfield, MN7718.82,821
Kasson, MN7613.56,143

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Can't wait to move!

We moved her for my husband's job 1 year ago based on its ranking as "one of the best cities to live in". Rochester has been a HUGE let down from everything ranging from healthcare to general "feel" and life style. It is entirely ran by Mayo, which values out-of country patients that are willing to "donate" millions of dollars IN EXCHANGE for top-tier care. Rochester citizens are colder than the weather, rude, extremely conservative; which I found shocking, largely unwelcoming of other ethnicities, and most of all; BORING. There's no energy in this town, no sense of HONEST community, no empathy, no efforts from Government or Mayo to genuinely care for its employees and residents. There's no pride in any of it's outdoor recreational facilities, no initiative to make the town beautiful or appealing for people looking for nature. We are looking forward to leave as soon as we can sell our house.
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Rochester, MN - More than Just the Mayo Clinic

I have visited Rochester, MN on several occasions to visit the Mayo Clinic. There are many other attractions in Rochester other than some of the worlds best medical facilities. The city is surrounded by gorgeous landscapes including hills, trees, forest, farm lands and historical buildings. There are some lovely parks within Rochester, as well. Most importantly to many visitors is that the city of Rochester has some of the nicest, friendliest and welcoming residents of any city I have ever visited.

Two of the attractions that I have enjoyed in Rochester, MN are Assisi Heights and the Plummer House. The Plummer House is a historic mansion with elegant gardens and wonderful architecture that sits on a hill above the town of Rochester. Another especially interesting and beautiful site is Assisi Heights which is the historic home and current home of the Sisters of St. Francis. Tours are offered daily at two in the afternoon. I have so sincerely enjoyed every visit I have made to Rochester. It is such a nice, clean, beautiful mid-western city.
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Source: The Rochester, MN data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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