Consistently ranked among the top ten most livable cities in the nation, Rochester, Minnesota, has been named a Star City, All America City, and the #1 Best Place to Live in America.
Rochester's strong economic foundations, some of which include the Mayo Clinic and IBM, allow the community a unique perspective as it brings people here to visit, and many to live, from all areas of the world. Amongst this diversity, however, Rochester has maintained an amazing "small town" feel complemented by our "big city" atmosphere, which includes more than 100 city parks totaling 3200 acres, 29 miles of recreational trails, seven golf courses, the Civic Music program, three local theatrical producers, an art center and various dance troupes, to name only a few. Located 80 miles southeast of the state's Twin Cities, Minneapolis and St. Paul, Rochester is just 35 miles southwest of Lake Pepin and the Mississippi River and 30 miles west of Whitewater State Park, with its bluffs and clear trout streams. The city is filled with several shopping areas, including the Galleria downtown and an ever-growing mall, featuring over 100 stores. Many of the schools and parks maintain outdoor skating rinks in the winter, and if that isn't enough, Rochester is home to two indoor ice arenas, not to mention many swimming pools, soccer, baseball and softball fields, gymnasiums, tennis courts and volleyball centers.
Rochester-where there's something for everyone.