Rochester is the county seat of Olmsted county and is the third-largest city in Minnesota. The estimated population in 2016 by the United States Census Bureau was $114,011. Located 83 miles form the 16th largest metropolitan area in the United States – Minneapolis/St Paul – also know as the “Twin Cities”.
The city has been frequently recognized by Money Magazine ever since the 1980’s as one of the best places to live in the United States and ranging from the best overall to the best in the Midwest. Rochester was Livability.com’s No. 1 city for its 2017 ranking of Top 100 Best Places to Live.
The city of Rochester – lies alongside the south fork of the Zumbro River and encompasses a 54 square mile area. Rochester’s skyline includes tall buildings at the city’s center and yet has farm fields in the foreground – a true Midwest gem!
Minnesota has more miles of bike trails than any other state and an ever growing network of hiking trails. Rochester’s city park system has more than 100 sites covering 5 square miles. The city also maintains 85 miles of paved trails in addition to state trails such as the Douglas State Trail. The nearest state park is Whitewater State Park.
Rochester International Airport is located seven miles south of downtown Rochester. The airport is the second busiest commercial airport in Minnesota and has direct flights to Atlanta, Chicago, and Minneapolis International Airport.
Business in Rochester
Rochester is home to the Mayo Clinic, the world’s first and largest not-for-profit group medical practice and the city of Rochester’s top employer.
The Mayo clinic – www.mayoclinic.org – forms the center of Rochester’s economy. As of 2016 it employed 34,180 people and it draws more than 2 million visitors annually. The clinic’s many facilities, along with hotels, restaurants and retail stores, comprise nearly all of the city’s downtown. Excluding the state government, Mayo Clinic is the largest employer in Minnesota. The Rochester Federal Medical Center is also significant area employer.
IBM‘s Rochester campus is one of the company’s most important R&D and manufacturing centers. It has produced the System i series, been home to the first Blue Gene prototype, and created the servers for Roadrunner.
Rochester also has a strong agricultural influence. Seneca Foods has a processing plant in Rochester. Multiple dairy producers such as Kemps are found in the area. The area is filled with many productive farms.
Rochester Public School District
Rochester Public School District 535 is a highly rated, public school district located in Rochester, MN. It has 17,304 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 56% of students are at least proficient in math and 60% in reading. Niche best school rates Rochester Public School District at 20th of 344 in diversity, 20th of 344 in category of Best School Districts in Minnesota and 28th of 344 for Best School Districts for Athletics in Minnesota.
Rochester Public Schools enrolls 16,300 students. The city is divided into three public high school attendance zones: John Marshall, Mayo and Century.
According to the United States Census Bureau of 2011-2015, the number of high school student to graduate or higher go om to higher education was 94.1%.
Rochester has so much to offer with the best medicine in the world, highly rated public school system, a wonderful park system and yet a small town feel of comfort and safety… no wonder it was rated last year as the best place to live in the United States!