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Rochester, MN

Rochester is centrist with a liberal slant and has a Democratic representative in Congress. However, the city is politically segregated with clear Democratic and Republican enclaves, which commonly can be attributed to racial divides
113,913
Rochester Population7
$
54,159
Median Income6
4.3
%
Unemployment Rate16
 

City Score

 

Population

Rochester's aged 45- to 54-years old saw the steapest decline since 2010, falling by 9%, whereas the average population in that segment only declined by 4%

Age

35.8
Median Age7
9.3
%
Population Growth Since 20107

Proportion of Population by Age Group vs. United States average7

 

Race and Ethnicity

Rochester residents are mostly white; however, the city is slowly becoming more diverse as the white community has shrunk by 1.6% since 2010, while the Black community, 2nd largest in the city, has grown by 40.3%

Race

80.3
%
Minnesota Population, White7
61.1
%
United States population, White7

Population Distribution by Race/Ethnicity7

 

Climate

Rochester is very cold and humid with strong winds. The temperature drops to 32°F or below 163 days per year with an average temperature of 16°F in January, 12 mph winds, and 74% humidity

Weather

30
%
Chance of Rain10
57
%
Chance of Sunshine3

Average Temperature36

 

Housing

The average home value in Rochester increased by 43% since 2010 which is 0% higher than the national average and 0% higher than the state average

Rent

$
1,350
Monthly Average11
31
%
Renters37

Average Home Value5

 

Taxes

Rochester is a slightly high tax location with property tax near the national average, but income tax 14% higher than the national average and sales tax 18% higher than the national average.

Other

1.13
%
Property Tax20
8.13
%
Sales Tax18
1.29
%
Vehicle Tax20

Effective Income Tax Rate at Various Income Levels (Married, Filing Jointly)38

 

Employment

Rochester has a very high employment rate of 96% which is 2% higher than the national average. The largest employers are Mayo Clinic and Olameter

Income

12.1
%
<$25,0006
17.3
%
$100,000+6

Distribution by Industry16

 

Politics

Rochester is centrist with a liberal slant and has a Democratic representative in Congress. However, the city is politically segregated with clear Democratic and Republican enclaves, which commonly can be attributed to racial divides

2016 Presidential Election Results40

Representatives

Mayor27 Kim Norton
Independent
House of Representative27 Jim Hagedorn
Republican
 

Healthcare

The nearest 5-star hospital, Mayo Clinic Hospital Rochester, is 4.1 miles from the center of Rochester, the nearest Veterans Affairs medical center, Minneapolis VA Health Care System, is 70.4 miles away, and the nearest top-rated hospital for cancer care, Mayo Clinic, is 7.2 miles away

Medicare-Rated Hospitals (<50 Miles)2

Is Marijuana Legal?

Medical28 Yes, but expensive
Decriminalized28 Yes
 

Safety

In Minnesota, 39.1% of adults live in a household with at least one gun, which is a decrease since 2000 when 44.7% of adults lived in households with guns

Gun Laws

No
Universal Background Checks29
No
Permit to Purchase Law29

Property Crimes and Violent Crimes per 100,000 Residents

 

Recognition

#32 2020 Best Cities to Live by Niche30
#24 2020 Best Cities for Families by Niche31
#1 2019 Best Cities for Healthcare by healthgrades32
 

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