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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)

Demographics

People

Total Population111,396
Male Share of the Population48.7%
Female Share of the Population51.3%
Senior Citizens14%
Employed Population 16+58,132
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married51.7%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher43.7%
Median Earnings25+$42,076
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,765
Median Earnings With High School Degree$27,566

Wealth

Median Family Income$83,609
% Above Poverty Level89.3%
% Below Poverty Level10.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time16 minutes
% Working from Home3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work5.3%
% Using Public Transportation6.4%

Housing

People Living Alone30.1%
Median Gross Rent$847
Median House Value$167,800

Ancestry

German31.2%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)19.8%
Norwegian15.7%
Irish11.3%
English6.3%
African5.4%
Swedish4.2%
Polish3.8%
Somali2.7%
French Except Basque2.4%
Italian2.2%
Dutch1.7%
Czech1.5%
Scottish1.3%
Danishn1.2%
Finnish1%
Sudanese0.9%
Swiss0.7%
Arab0.6%
Canadian0.6%
Russian0.5%
Welsh0.5%
Ethiopian0.4%
Croatian0.3%
Liberian0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Greek0.2%
Luxemburger0.2%
Romanian0.1%
Zimbabwean0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Icelander0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Kenyan0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Serbian0.1%
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Rochester Almanac

CategoryValue
County Olmsted County
Standard Zip Codes55901, 55902, 55904, 55906
P.O. Box Zip Codes55903
Company Zip Codes55905
Phone Area Codes507
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude44.07
Approximate Longitude-92.51

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)

StationROCHESTER MUNICIPAL AP
Distance8.5 miles
Jan Temp4 to 20 F
Apr Temp35 to 55 F
Jul Temp60 to 80 F
Oct Temp37 to 57 F
Annual Precip31.4 inches
StationGRAND MEADOW
Distance22.8 miles
Jan Temp3 to 21 F
Apr Temp32 to 54 F
Jul Temp59 to 81 F
Oct Temp36 to 58 F
Annual Precip34.6 inches
StationPRESTON
Distance31.7 miles
Jan Temp2 to 23 F
Apr Temp33 to 57 F
Jul Temp58 to 83 F
Oct Temp35 to 61 F
Annual Precip34.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Byron5,191$88,542
Elgin1,213$69,417
Eyota2,073$76,667
Kasson6,143$73,783
Oronoco1,532$124,063
Stewartville6,062$68,992

Rochester Public Libraries

Rochester Public Library
101 2ND STREET SE
Rochester, Minnesota
(507) 328-2300

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Rochester Hospitals

St Marys Hospital
(Non-profit)
1216 Second Street Southwest
(507) 255-5120
Olmsted Medical Center
(Non-profit)
1650 Fourth Street Southeast
(507) 529-6600
Mayo Clinic
200 1st St Sw
(507) 284-2511

Rochester Public Schools

Bishop Elementary
406 36th Ave Nw
ZIP: 55901
(507) 328-3100
Primary
Total Enrollment 454
Elton Hills Elementary
1421 Elton Hills Dr Nw
ZIP: 55901
(507) 328-3200
Primary
Total Enrollment 537
Gage Elementary
1300 40th St Nw
ZIP: 55901
(507) 328-3400
Primary
Total Enrollment 667
George W. Gibbs Elementary
5525 56th St Nw
ZIP: 55901
(507) 328-4100
Primary
Total Enrollment 873
Hoover Elementary
369 Elton Hills Dr Nw
ZIP: 55901
(507) 328-3450
Primary
Total Enrollment 221
John Adams Area Learning Center
1525 31st St Nw
ZIP: 55901
(507) 328-5755
John Adams Middle
1525 31st St Nw
ZIP: 55901
(507) 328-5700
Middle
Total Enrollment 1135
John Marshall Area Learning Center
1510 14th St Nw
ZIP: 55901
(507) 328-5402
High
John Marshall Senior High
1510 14th St Nw
ZIP: 55901
(507) 328-5400
High
Total Enrollment 1545
Rochester Off-campus Charter High
2364 Valleyhigh Dr Nw
ZIP: 55901
(507) 282-3325
High
Total Enrollment 112
Sunset Terrace Elementary
1707 19th Ave Nw
ZIP: 55901
(507) 328-3770
Primary
Total Enrollment 705
Washington Elementary
1200 11th Ave Nw
ZIP: 55901
(507) 328-3800
Primary
Total Enrollment 347
Bamber Valley Elementary
2001 Bamber Valley Rd Sw
ZIP: 55902
(507) 328-3030
Primary
Total Enrollment 871
Early Childhood Year Round
615 7th St Sw
ZIP: 55902
(507) 328-3931
Primary
Folwell Elementary
603 15th Ave Sw
ZIP: 55902
(507) 328-3220
Primary
Total Enrollment 355
Prairiecare
1620 Greenview Dr Sw
ZIP: 55902
(507) 218-3700
Other
Total Enrollment 9
Rochester Math And Science Academy
415 16th St Sw
ZIP: 55902
(507) 252-5995
Primary
Total Enrollment 284
Rochester Stem Academy
415 16th St Sw
ZIP: 55902
(507) 281-2381
High
Total Enrollment 80
Alc Summer Credit Recovery
2220 3rd Ave Se
ZIP: 55904
(507) 328-3999
Other
Care & Treatment Hospital/homebound
334 16th St Se
ZIP: 55904
(507) 328-4310
Other
Total Enrollment 3
Care & Treatment Jdc/von Wald
334 16th St Se
ZIP: 55904
(507) 328-4310
Other
Total Enrollment 14
Credit Recovery
2220 3rd Ave Se
ZIP: 55904
(507) 328-3999
High
Early Childhood Assessment
334 16th St Se
ZIP: 55904
(507) 328-3931
Primary
Total Enrollment 1
Early Childhood Intervention
334 16th St Se
ZIP: 55904
(507) 328-4526
Primary
Total Enrollment 117
Ec @ Esc
334 16th St Se
ZIP: 55904
(507) 328-3931
Primary
Total Enrollment 47
Esc Area Learning Center
334 16th St Se
ZIP: 55904
(507) 328-4373
Franklin Elementary
1801 9th Ave Se
ZIP: 55904
(507) 328-3300
Primary
Total Enrollment 648
Friedell Middle
1200 Broadway S
ZIP: 55904
(507) 328-5650
Middle
Total Enrollment 445
Hawthorne Diploma Program
700 4th Ave Se
ZIP: 55904
(507) 328-4443
High
Total Enrollment 22
Lincoln K-8 Choice Elementary
1122 8th Ave Se
ZIP: 55904
(507) 328-3550
Primary
Total Enrollment 417
Longfellow Choice Elementary
1615 Marion Rd Se
ZIP: 55904
(507) 328-3600
Primary
Total Enrollment 313
Mayo Area Learning Center
1420 11th Ave Se
ZIP: 55904
(507) 328-5577
Mayo Senior High
1420 11th Ave Se
ZIP: 55904
(507) 328-5500
High
Total Enrollment 1620
Montessori At Franklin
1801 9th Ave Se
ZIP: 55904
(507) 328-3300
Primary
Total Enrollment 191
Pinewood Elementary
1900 Pinewood Rd Se
ZIP: 55904
(507) 328-3630
Primary
Total Enrollment 260
Riverside Central Elementary
506 5th Ave Se
ZIP: 55904
(507) 328-3700
Primary
Total Enrollment 691
Rochester Alternative Learning Ctr
37 Woodlake Dr Se
ZIP: 55904
(507) 328-3999
Other
Total Enrollment 358
Rochester Area Learning Center
37 Woodlake Dr Se
ZIP: 55904
(507) 328-5544
Rochester Phoenix Academy
334 16th St Se
ZIP: 55904
(507) 328-4541
Other
Total Enrollment 27
Transition To Adult Program
334 16th St Sw
ZIP: 55904
(507) 328-4330
High
Total Enrollment 37
Willow Creek Area Learning Center
2525 11th Ave Se
ZIP: 55904
(507) 328-5901
Willow Creek Middle
2425 11th Ave Se
ZIP: 55904
(507) 328-5900
Middle
Total Enrollment 1047
Century Area Learning Center
2525 Viola Rd Ne
ZIP: 55906
(507) 328-5105
Century Senior High
2525 Viola Rd Ne
ZIP: 55906
(507) 328-5100
High
Total Enrollment 1416
Churchill Elementary
2240 7th Ave Ne
ZIP: 55906
(507) 328-3150
Primary
Total Enrollment 215
Jefferson Elementary
1201 10th Ave Ne
ZIP: 55906
(507) 328-3500
Primary
Total Enrollment 520
Kellogg Area Learning Center
503 17th St Ne
ZIP: 55906
(507) 328-5801
Kellogg Middle
503 17th St Ne
ZIP: 55906
(507) 328-5800
Middle
Total Enrollment 863
Transitions Learning Center
2530 N Broadway
ZIP: 55906
(507) 328-4522
High
Total Enrollment 13

Rochester Private Schools

Holy Spirit School
5455 50th Ave Nw
ZIP: 55901
Elementary
Total Enrollment 313
Kingdom Kids Christian Preschool
4400 55th St Nw
ZIP: 55901
Elementary
Total Enrollment 22
Resurrection Lutheran School
4520 19th Ave Nw
ZIP: 55901
Elementary
Total Enrollment 120
Rochester Central Lutheran School
2619 9th Ave Nw
ZIP: 55901
Elementary
Total Enrollment 280
Rochester Montessori School
5099 7th St Nw
ZIP: 55901
Elementary
Total Enrollment 106
Lourdes High School
621 W Center St
ZIP: 55902
Secondary
Total Enrollment 475
Rochester Arts & Sciences Academy
400 5th Ave Sw
ZIP: 55902
Elementary
Total Enrollment 32
Faith Christian School
4016 28th St Se
ZIP: 55904
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 15
Rochester Pentecostal School
3657 Sheffield Ln Se
ZIP: 55904
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 19
St Francis Of Assisi Elementary School
318 11th Ave Se
ZIP: 55904
Elementary
Total Enrollment 444
Victory Christian Academy
606 36th Ave Se
ZIP: 55904
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 38
Greene Valley School
7240 Dresser Dr Ne
ZIP: 55906
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
Schaeffer Academy
2700 Schaeffer Ln Ne
ZIP: 55906
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 377
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