Stewartville Pool in the Rochester Area

The Rochester MSA continually ranks high in polls relating to quality of life and employee productivity. Money magazine reported that the city of Rochester “radiates cosmopolitan style without big city ills.”The smaller cities surrounding Rochester represent rural living at its best. Whether you are searching for a new corporate home, a place to expand your business, or a new place to live, the Rochester MSA offers the finest in business climate, labor force, real estate, utilities, transportation, education, and quality of life.

The Rochester, Minnesota, Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) comprises Olmsted, Dodge, Fillmore, and Wabasha counties.

Olmsted County includes the cities of:

  • Byron
  • Dover
  • Eyota
  • Oronoco
  • Rochester
  • Stewartville
  • A portion of the cities of Chatfield and Pine Island

Dodge County includes the cities of:

  • Dodge Center
  • Kasson
  • Mantorville
  • Hayfield
  • Claremont

Wabasha County includes the cities of:

  • Wabasha
  • Lake City
  • Elgin
  • Mazeppa
  • Kellogg

Fillmore County includes the cities of Canton, as well as portions of:

  • Chatfield
  • Fountain
  • Harmony
  • Lanesboro
  • Mabel
  • Ostrander
  • Peterson
  • Rushford
  • Spring Valley
  • Whalan
  • Wykoff

The Minnesota State Demographer’s Office reported the 2014 population of the Rochester MSA at 212,712.

Demographics 2015

Labor Force (2015) 118,705
Unemployment Rate (2015 Annualized)
Rochester MSA 3.2%
Minnesota 3.7%
United States 5.3%
(Source: Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development)


Rochester MSA Population 216,460
White Population 86.8%
Asian & Pacific Islander 4.7%
Black Population 4.2%
Hispanic Population 4.1%
Native American Population 2%


Median Age in Rochester MSA 38 Years Old
Under 25 32.3%
Ages 25-34 13.3%
Ages 34-44 12.4%
Ages 45-64 26.5%
Ages 65+ 15.4%


Per Capita Income $48,697
Number of Households 89,480
Mean Household Income $116,280
Total Retail Sales $3,289,560,000
(Source: Woods & Poole Economics, 2015)


2015 Median Sold Price of Single Family Home in Rochester $175,900
2015 Average Sold Price of Single Family Home in Rochester $209,341


Educational Attainment in Rochester MSA 2014, Age 25 & Over
Less than 9th grade   2.4%
9th to 12 grade, no diploma   4.1%
High school graduate (includes equivalency) 24.3%
Some college, no degree 22.2%
Associates degree 11.2%
Bachelor's degree 20.7%
Graduate or professional degree 15.2%
(Source: Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development)


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Commercial & Residential Building Permits for Rochester, Minnesota - 2016
Permits: 2,429
Valuation: $442,846,498
(Source: City of Rochester, Building & Safety Department)

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