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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:

Dodge County includes the cities of:

Wabasha County includes the cities of:

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

The Minnesota State Demographer’s Office reported the 2019 population of the Rochester MSA at 215,646.


Labor Force (2020) 125,420
Unemployment Rate (2020 Annualized)
Rochester MSA 3.9%
Minnesota 4.9%
United States 6.5%
(Source: Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development)


Rochester MSA Population 2020 223,150
White Population 84.2%
Asian & Pacific Islander 5.3%
Black Population 5.4%
Hispanic Population 4.7%
Native American Population .3%


Median Age in Rochester MSA 2020 38.8 Years Old
Under 25 31.4%
Ages 25-34 13.2%
Ages 35-44 13.3%
Ages 45-64 24.5%
Ages 65+ 17.6%


Per Capita Income $58,116
Number of Households 94,350
Mean Household Income $135,909
Total Retail Sales $4,055,,650,000
(Source: Woods & Poole Economics, 2020)


2020 Median Sold Price of Single Family Home in Rochester MSA $226,450


Educational Attainment in Rochester MSA 2019, Age 25 & Over
Less than 9th grade   2.7%
9th to 12 grade, no diploma   3.2%
High school graduate (includes equivalency) 94.1%
Some college, no degree 19.1%
Associates degree 12.4%
Bachelor's degree 22.7%
Graduate or professional degree 16.0%
(Source: Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development)


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Commercial & Residential Building Permits for Rochester, Minnesota - 2020
Permits: 1,970
Valuation: $366,671,424
(Source: City of Rochester, Building & Safety Department)

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