About Rochester

OMC: A Growing Medical Service

Olmsted Medical Center has enjoyed significant growth—both in patient volume and in expertise—since its founding in 1949. The practice is both challenging and rewarding, combining both professional growth and personal development. To learn about OMC, visit our “About OMC” page.

Silver Lake SunsetRochester and Olmsted County

Rochester, with a population of 114,008, is an exciting and unique community. It is the third largest city in the state and was listed as Livability.com's No. 1 city on its 2017 ranking of Top 100 Best Places to Live. You will find a variety of sports and recreational activities as well as over 60 miles paved trails for biking and hiking.

Rochester SkylineThe city includes more than 100 parks, 9 public golf courses, a nature center, a small zoo, a library, a convention center, two public swimming pools, a small swimming lake, a children’s museum, climbing gyms, a summer collegiate baseball team, and many, many restaurants, bars, pubs, and coffee shops. In addition, there are is an active and popular arts, music, and theater scene.


Olmsted County of which Rochester is the county seat, is known for its outstanding educational opportunities.  Within the county you will find 56 public and private elementary, middle, and high schools.  In addition to traditional schools, Rochester offers magnet and charter schools.

Within the city of Rochester there are a number of institutions of higher learning:

  • Rochester Community & Technical College
  • St. Mary’s University Rochester
  • Winona State Rochester
  • University of Minnesota Rochester
  • Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
  • College of St. Scholastica, Rochester Campus
  • Augsburg University, Rochester

A Short Drive Away

The twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are only 75 miles from Rochester, providing area residents many additional opportunities for entertainment.

Rochester: a Destination

Rochester is a vibrant, diverse, and professional community that offers many opportunities for residents!  With Destination Medical Center (DMC), a unique 20-year economic development initiative, the city is growing!  It is anticipated that DMC will bring in thousands of new jobs. 

Visit the website of Rochester Greeters to learn more about Rochester.