Rochester 84 Exceptional
Rochester Livability #41 ranked city in Minnesota#1,412 ranked city in the USARanks better than 95% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Rochester Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C Rochester Cost of Living Cost of living is 7% lower than Minnesota
973% less expensive than the US average
1044% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Rochester cost of living
B Rochester Crime Total crime is 3% higher than Minnesota
Total crime
2,27412% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 4412% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
11%Year over year crime is up
Rochester crime
C+ Rochester Employment Household income is 3% higher than Minnesota
Median household income
$65,19518% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$34,71816% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%29% lower than the US average
Rochester employment
A- Rochester Housing Home value is 12% lower than Minnesota
Median home value
$167,8009% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$84711% lower than the US average
Home ownership
70%9% higher than the US average
Rochester real estate or Rochester rentals
B- Rochester Schools HS graduation rate is 2% higher than Minnesota
High school grad. rates
91%10% higher than the US average
School test scores
53%7% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:16% lower than the US average
Rochester K-12 schools
C Rochester User Ratings There are a total of 10 ratings in Rochester
Overall user rating
63% 10 total ratings
User reviews rating
50% 2 total reviews
User surveys rating
71% 8 total surveys
all Rochester poll results

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      Living in Rochester, MN

      Rochester is a moderately-sized city located in the state of Minnesota. The city has 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. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Rochester might be a good fit as 78% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 55% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

      Without the right tools, relocating to any new city can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Rochester, Minnesota could be a good experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. The best areas in Rochester and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, crime, cost of living, weather, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Minnesota and national averages.

      The livability score in Rochester is 81 out of 100 and the city is ranked in the 96th percentile of all cities across America. Clearly, Rochester is doing something right, as this score ranks well above the average of most cities. Rochester has also earned the rare honor of ranking in the top 10 percentile among all cities. If we dig a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Rochester has higher than average grades for the following: amenities (A+), crime (B), education (B-) and housing (A-). On a more negative note, Rochester does not have favorable grades for the following: weather (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

      Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Rochester, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Mayo Clinic, Silver Lake, and Mayowood Mansion.

      Feeling a sense of safety in the area that you live in is a must for most people. Low crime rates can have a positive impact on things like home prices, home appreciation rates and the overall sense of community. Rochester has a violent crime rate of 194 crimes per 100,000 residents which is far lower than the national average.

      For buyers, real estate will be the largest purchase they ever make and it will also be their most valuable asset. For renters, the monthly rent paid on their Rochester apartments will most likely be their largest expense. Based on tangible metrics like home and rental affordability and appreciation rates, housing in this area has received a score that is well above the average of every other US city.

      Assuming that Rochester meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Rochester. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Rochester are simply unattainable. 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. Real estate appreciation rates in Rochester are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Rochester homes comes in at 9.1%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 7%.

      Rochester transportation information

      Average one way commute16min23min26min
      Workers who drive to work71.8%78.0%76.4%
      Workers who carpool12.2%8.7%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit6.4%3.5%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle1.1%0.8%0.6%
      Workers who walk4.2%2.8%2.8%
      Working from home3.4%5.3%4.6%
      Airports (within 30 miles of city center)1 (1)8354
      Amtrak train stations (within 30 miles of city center)0n/a7711

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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).