Living Here

Downtown Rochester

The Rochester area continually ranks high in polls relating to quality of life and worker 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 area offers the finest in business climate, labor force, real estate, utilities, transportation, education, and quality of life.


The Rochester Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) encompasses a four-county area with a population of more than 215,000 people and an average unemployment rate of 3.4% in 2015.

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A comprehensive and quality education is top priority in the Rochester area with several private and public k-12 schools and higher educational opportunities.

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Entertainment & Attractions

Whether it’s the visual arts, live music, theatre, dance, or historical landmarks; the Rochester area is home to a thriving environment for artists, residents and tourists.

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Healthy Living

The Rochester area provides many options to choose from to promote active and healthy living habits.

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Housing is a very important factor to relocation. The many communities easily commutable within the Rochester area provide numerous options such as single-family homes, townhomes and new builds.

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Destination Medical Center DMC

Learn more about Destination Medical Center (DMC) and the impact this 20-year economic development initiative will have to position Rochester, Minnesota as the world’s premier destination for health and wellness.

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Traversing the entire Rochester area is east/west bound Interstate 90. In addition, three major U.S. highways intercept in Rochester. U.S. Highway 52 heads north to the Twin Cities and south to eastern Iowa.

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Contact us

Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc. (RAEDI) value proposition is the ability to assist businesses and entrepreneurs in securing the private and/or public resources needed to execute their business plans. RAEDI is pleased to assist you with your request.

Please call 507-288-0208, email, or fill out the form below.