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Top Reasons to Live in Rochester MN

  • Rochester is in Olmstead County in southeastern Minnesota. It is the state's third largest city with a population of over 106,000. Rochester is positioned along the South Fork of the Zumbro River. It spans more than 40 square miles of land and has 100 parks, which is an average of nearly three city parks per square mile. Rochester is one of the state's fastest growing municipalities. The city has been recognized as one of the healthiest and best places to live in the country. The city has a burgeoning local economy and a talented work force. With 45 institutions of higher learning located within a 90 mile radius, graduates usually seek employment opportunities nearby. The community of Rochester is home to the world-renowned Mayo Clinic. The city is also recognized for its remarkable 85 miles of jogging-fitness trails.

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  • Home Statistics Rochester's home sales figures encompass a range of property types. The range includes condos, townhomes and single family homes. The median home price in Rochester is just above $142,000. This sales price is lower than the national median home value of $152,000, and it's lower than the county of Olmstead median home value of $145,000. The average price of homes sold in Rochester is close to $142,000. This value is an indication that homes for sale and rent to own homes are affordable in Rochester compared to many other parts of the country. Approximately 67 percent of Rochester homes are owned and 37.5 percent are rented, while 5.8 percent are vacant.
  • Tourist Attractions Rochester's community draws in 1.5 million visitors a year, with many heading to Mayo Clinic. The city is built on hospitality and is a regional magnet because of its 100 city parks, which include Soldiers Field Park and Cabela's, where you can fish and hunt. Other attractions include the Minnesota Zoo, the Plummer House of the Arts, Cannon River Winery, Historic Bluff Country, Niagara Cave, Treasure Island Resort and Casino, and Commonweal Theatre Company.
  • Local Restaurants Rochester has over 165 restaurants serving cuisine adapted from cultures all over the globe. Whether it's African, American, Greek, Indian, Italian and Mexican, fine dining or fast-food, there is something here for everyone. Some of the local treats residents and visitors enjoy are:
  • Weather and Climate Rochester has a humid continental climate with warm summers, cold winters and no dry season. The city features four distinct seasons; Rochester has an average 30 inches of rainfall and 48 inches of snowfall per year. Significant snow accumulation is a natural occurrence during winter seasons. Spring and autumn are transitional seasons with a familiar pattern of general warming trends during spring and general cooling trends during autumn or the fall. It is not uncommon to see some snowfall in the early months of spring and the later months of fall. Despite the often inclement weather conditions, the city enjoys on average 200 sunny days, an average summer high temperature of 84 degrees and an average winter low temperature of 3 degrees.