Rochester is a city of a population of over 100,000, with a few thousand visitors at any given time. Why so many visitors? Many are patients at Rochester's Mayo Clinic, arguably the best hospital in the US, and on the top five list in the world. Mayo employs around 35,000 people at any given time. A second major employer is IBM.
A few good places to eat are Newt's Burgers, which have won many burger awards over the past few years. There is also a nice Red Lobster. You can also visit one of the ridiculous amounts of Micky Ds.
Schools--- The four high schools in Rochester are John Marshall (GO ROCKETS), Mayo, Century, and Lourdes(Private). You can take a few UofM classes in Rochester, and the local community college is RCTC
The Mayo clinic was founded when a Tornado rolled through town (at this time a small village) and killed all the smart people that would've moved away.
This brings me to the climate. Rochester is located in the godforsaken part of the country where you can get snow, rain, hail, tornadoes, and 90 degree weather in the same week.
Rochester is surrounded with many small communities whose sole purpose at city council meetings is to complain about a few trees in the park obstructing the view of a river.
Lots of free time, lots of drugs, and a growing crime rate ever since it was pronounced the best place to live in the US in 93 or 94.
It’s about an hour away from the only other city in Minnesota that matters, the twin-cities, and has several small towns surrounding it. Drug dealers usually reside in these small towns.
There are four major highschools; John Marshall, Mayo, Century, Lourdes (private). Many other alternative schools for the dumbasses that drop out or get kicked out of the other schools( ROC, Studio Academy, Schaffer Academy...) The teenagers go to "rock" town from surrounding towns, exclaiming it’s the shit. Yet they usually just end up cruising Broadway for hours on end, showing off their extreme skill of burning gas and blaring loud music. Then the teenagers from this "rock" town go to the cities, saying that Rochester sucks and there is "never anything to do here". In the end, it’s a great place to live, and just take some time to notice what there really is to do.
The growing rate of Rochester is staggering, and already tops 100,000 people, with over 7,000 visitors at any given time. A four year college is believed to be a possibility in the near future, and will most likely make rochester, truly , a radical place to live.