Rochester, Minnesota

Photo of Mayo Medical School students participating in yoga

Mayo Clinic School of Medicine students participating in yoga

Nothing small about opportunities here

Don't be fooled by the small city with the big vibe in this community of nearly 110,000 people in southeastern Minnesota. Just past the rolling fields, you'll find Mayo Clinic's first and largest campus.

Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, which includes the Saint Marys campus and Methodist campus, form one of the largest integrated medical centers in the world, providing comprehensive diagnosis and treatment in virtually all medical and surgical specialties.

About 32,000 care providers, researchers and allied health staff work on Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus, a number that grows each year. As the largest private employer in the state, Mayo Clinic is an economic driver for Minnesota.

Over the next 20 years, Mayo Clinic, private investors and the state of Minnesota are expected to invest $5 billion — yes, billion — to build and support Rochester as the premier destination for health and wellness. New students will see this economic development program, called Destination Medical Center, unfold.

It's not all business in Rochester. Minnesota's third largest city has a music scene, theater, sports and fitness, with options for all seasons. In the summer, a weekly outdoor market and music festival takes place just steps away from Mayo Clinic. Bike or hike on miles of city and regional trails. Explore the fall colors or embrace winter with ice skating, sledding or cross-country skiing.

Need more choices? The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are just 75 miles away, increasing your access to professional sport teams, museums, the arts and so much more.

Rochester is attention-getting for its vibrant economy (without traffic jams), affordable housing, excellent schools, recreation, cultural amenities and unparalleled opportunities for medical education. It's no surprise that Livability.com ranks Rochester as No. 1 on its 2017 ranking of the Top 100 Best Places to Live.

Photo of Mayo Medical School students at an event on the Peace Plaza in downtown Rochester

Mayo Clinic School of Medicine students at an event on the Peace Plaza in downtown Rochester

April 28, 2017