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Overview

Introduction to Rochester, Minnesota

Located in Olmsted County, Minnesota, the city of Rochester lies about 80 miles southeast of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The city is serviced by three principal highways: U.S. Routes 14, 52, 63; with close proximity to both Interstate I-90 and Minnesota State Highway 30. Founded by settler George Head in 1854, Rochester was named after its founder's hometown (Rochester, NY). A perennial fixture on Money magazine's "Best Places to Live" lists, Rochester is best known as the birthplace and home of the world-renowned Mayo Clinic.

Arts and Entertainment in Rochester

There are a multitude of attractions in Rochester. Heritage House, located in the city's 1856 Town Square Central Park, depicts the way of life of a middle class Midwestern family as it existed 100 years ago. The History Center of Olmsted County contains rare pictures, maps, diaries, and exhibits chronicling Rochester's story as a world leader in health care. The Mayo Clinic is itself a storied attraction, offering tours and a look behind the scenes of one of the world's premier health care facilities. The five-story Mayowood Mansion is the historic home of three generations of the Mayo family, with 100 rooms located in a beautiful rural wooded setting just outside of downtown Rochester. The Quarry Hill Nature Center encompasses five miles of trails covering 270 acres, ideal for biking, hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. For lovers of the performing arts, the Rochester Civic Theatre offers nine performances a year, including musicals, dramas, and comedies.

Sports fans in Rochester can watch some very good local amateur and semi-pro area teams who call the city home. Pro sports can be found a little over an hour away in Minneapolis, home to the following teams:

  • Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA basketball)
  • Minnesota Twins (MLB baseball)
  • Minnesota Vikings (NFL football)
  • Minnesota Wild (NHL hockey)
  • Minnesota Swarm (NLL lacrosse)
  • Minnesota Thunder (USL soccer)
  • Minnesota Lynx (WNBA women's basketball)

People

Total Population 109,252
Male Share of the Population 48.5%
Female Share of the Population 51.5%
Senior Citizens 13.3%
Employed Population 16+ 58,062
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 52.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 42.2%
Median Earnings25+ $41,014
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,729
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,677

Wealth

Median Family Income $82,594
% Above Poverty Level 90.3%
% Below Poverty Level 9.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 3.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.4%
% Using Public Transportation 5.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 30.6%
Median Gross Rent $801
Median House Value $163,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.6%
US/American 0%
English 6.4%
Irish 10.5%

Rochester Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 71 miles SE of St. Paul, Minnesota
County Olmsted
Metro Area Rochester
Standard Zip Codes 55901, 55902, 55904, 55906
P.O. Box Zip Codes 55903
Company Zip Codes 55905
Phone Area Codes 507
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.021
Longitude -92.469

Rochester Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station ROCHESTER MUNICIPAL AP
Distance 8.5 miles
Jan Temp 4 to 20 F
Apr Temp 35 to 55 F
Jul Temp 60 to 80 F
Oct Temp 37 to 57 F
Annual Precip 31.4 inches
Station GRAND MEADOW
Distance 22.8 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 21 F
Apr Temp 32 to 54 F
Jul Temp 59 to 81 F
Oct Temp 36 to 58 F
Annual Precip 34.6 inches
Station PRESTON
Distance 31.7 miles
Jan Temp 2 to 23 F
Apr Temp 33 to 57 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 35 to 61 F
Annual Precip 34.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Byron 5,023 $80,991
Elgin 1,156 $69,922
Eyota 2,120 $81,250
Kasson 6,017 $79,323

Rochester Public Libraries

Library
Southeastern Libraries Cooperating
2600 19TH STREET NW
Rochester, Minnesota
(507) 288-5513
Library Web Site
Rochester Public Library
101 2ND STREET SE
Rochester, Minnesota
(507) 285-8000
Library Web Site

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Rochester Hospitals

ST MARYS HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
1216 2ND ST SW
(507) 255-5123
Emergency Service: Yes

ROCHESTER METHODIST HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
201 W CENTER ST
(507) 266-7890
Emergency Service: No

OLMSTED MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1650 4TH STREET SE
(507) 529-6600
Emergency Service: Yes

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Rochester High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

CENTURY SR.
2525 VIOLA ROAD N.E.
507-287-7150
Serves 1,824 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.3

MAYO SR.
1420 SE. 11TH AVE.
507-285-8820
Serves 1,819 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.8

JOHN MARSHALL SR.
1510 NW. 14TH ST.
507-285-8693
Serves 1,670 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.1

SUMMER ALC
2525 VIOLA RD. N.E.
507-285-8813
A Non-traditional School
Serves 185 students.

STUDIO ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL
707 1ST. AVE. N.E.
507-529-1662
A Charter School.
Serves 122 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.9

ROCHESTER OFF-CAMPUS CHARTER HIGH
1001 5TH ST. N.W.
507-282-3325
A Charter School.
Serves 114 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.6

ROCHESTER ALC
2525 VIOLA ROAD N.E.
507-285-8813
A Non-traditional School
Serves 68 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 30.9

ADULT DIPLOMA PROGRAM
700 RTH AVE S.E.
507-287-2642
A Non-traditional School
Serves 57 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 2.5

MANY RIVERS JUVENILE TREATMENT CNTR
2116 CAMPUS DRIVE S.E.
507-287-7960
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 36 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4

TRANSITION TO ADULT PROGRAM
334 16TH ST. S.W.
507-287-2665
A Special Education School
Serves 23 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.4

ALC-CEC
2220 S.E. 3RD AVE.
507-281-6112
A Non-traditional School
Serves 15 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.9

CARE & TREATMENT
615 S.W. 7TH ST.
507-285-8999
A Non-traditional School
Serves 5 students.

ESC ALC
334 S.E. 16TH ST.
507-287-1468
A Non-traditional School
Serves 5 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5

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