Rochester is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Minnesota. With a population of 121,395 people and 29 constituent neighborhoods, Rochester is the third largest community in Minnesota.
Rochester is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.97% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Rochester is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Rochester who work in healthcare (18.33%), management occupations (8.40%), and office and administrative support (8.37%).
Also of interest is that Rochester has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.41% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
One thing noticeable about Rochester, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Rochester is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Rochester a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Rochester spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.41 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Rochester use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Rochester‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
Rochester is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 48.02% of adults in Rochester have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.
The per capita income in Rochester in 2018 was $40,789, which is wealthy relative to Minnesota and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $163,156 for a family of four. However, Rochester contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Rochester is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Rochester home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Rochester residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Rochester include German, Norwegian, Irish, English, and Swedish.
The most common language spoken in Rochester is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.