Rochester, MN
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Rochester is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Minnesota. With a population of 112,225 people and 29 constituent neighborhoods, Rochester is the third largest community in Minnesota.

Rochester is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.26% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Rochester is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Rochester who work in healthcare (17.29%), office and administrative support (10.74%), and sales jobs (8.79%).

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.

One of the benefits of Rochester is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.42 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Rochester is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Rochester area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The education level of Rochester ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Rochester, 43.31% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Rochester in 2010 was $34,047, which is wealthy relative to Minnesota and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $136,188 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 Asian. Important ancestries of people in Rochester include Norwegian, Irish, English, and Swedish.

The most common language spoken in Rochester is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.