Rochester, MN Profile: Facts & Data


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Rochester, Minnesota - Basic Facts

The City of Rochester is the 3rd largest city in Minnesota with a population of 118,068 as of July 1, 2018. Rochester ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Minnesota. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Rochester is located at latitude 44.0154 and longitude -92.4772 in Olmsted County. The formal boundaries for the City of Rochester (see map below) encompass a land area of 54.6 sq. miles and a water area of 0.16 sq. miles. Olmsted County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,024 feet.

The City of Rochester (GNIS ID: 2396395) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Rochester: City of Rochester.

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Rochester, MN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 118,068
Population in Households 115,760
Population in Familes 89,637
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,308
Population Density2 2,162
Diversity Index3 45


Median Household Income $70,454
Average Household Income $95,430
Per Capita Income $38,639


Total Housing Units 50,114 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 33,102 (66.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 14,259 (28.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,753 ( 5.5%)
Median Home Value $190,268
Average Home Value $230,403


Total Households 47,361
Average Household Size 2.44
Family Households 29,292
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 1.23% 1.27%
Households 1.17% 1.22%
Families 1.06% 1.11%
Median Household Income   2.41%
Per Capita Income   2.76%

Rochester, MN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Rochester to the other 905 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Minnesota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 3 100th
Population Density # 62 93rd
Diversity Index # 81 91st
Median Household Income # 167 82nd
Per Capita Income # 103 89th

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