Rochester, Minn.

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Home to the Mayo Clinic and one of IBM’s largest facilities, Rochester offers one of the highest levels of innovation among college towns. Like other Midwestern college towns in our rankings, the largest draw to Rochester is the condition of the economy. Labor markets are favorable and rents are the third lowest on our list. There are plenty of places to eat and drink, and students should expect a vibrant entertainment scene. And you’ll definitely need a car and a warm parka.

#16 Rochester, Minn.

POPULATION: 170,519
STUDENTS: 11,363
RANKING DETAIL:
#10 COLLEGE EDUCATED
#15 DIVERSITY

Quality of life

#16 CITY ACCESS
#20 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
#13 BARS AND RESTAURANTS

Economics

#13 YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
#6 LABOR FORCE
#6 INNOVATION
#4 RENT

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