Thoughts from Matthew M. Moore, a service designer who moved from Manhattan

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Isn't Rochester a tiny town in the middle of nowhere?

While it's not New York City or San Francisco, Rochester is a growing, optimistic, small city with a variety of positive things going for it … and it's only a little in the middle of nowhere.

Rochester is a great place to live. Some of the things that make Rochester attractive to me:

Cost of living

Your paycheck will go far. The cost of living — housing, restaurants, services, property taxes — is very low when compared to places like New York City, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco or Los Angeles. You can buy a nice house with a yard within walking distance of work for the price of a down payment in New York or San Francisco.


Minnesota is a very outside-oriented place. Rochester has an amazing network of trails and green space with a range of activities happening year-round. In addition, the staff fitness center (Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center) is simply fantastic, offering a huge selection of classes, equipment and services.

Art and culture

Rochester's art and culture is good for a city with a population of just over 110,000. A wide range of music comes through every year; the local art center is good with diverse groups of people doing things at any given time.

The Twin Cities are 75 minutes away, featuring terrific music, art, theater, dance, food and history.


In the last few years, Rochester has seen an increase in good restaurant and food market options, including a year-round farmers market, food co-op, Trader Joe's and other quality grocery stores.

An unexpected benefit to being in farm country is that your co-workers are also a source of fresh, local food: Center for Innovation staff bring in or sell fresh eggs, beautiful vegetables, chickens and various other meats.


It's not a big city, but it is clean, people say hello, you know your neighbors, traffic is sane, and you can have a yard and learn to garden.

About Mayo Clinic's campuses

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View of downtown Rochester, Minnesota

Mayo Clinic has campus locations in Rochester, Minnesota; Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona; and Jacksonville, Florida, as well as within Mayo Clinic Health System. The majority of job opportunities within the Center for Innovation are on the Rochester campus located in the heart of downtown — a vibrant, friendly city.

Rochester is consistently ranked among the best places to live in the United States because of its affordable cost of living, healthy lifestyle, excellent school systems and exceptionally high quality of life. Rochester also earns praise as a diverse and safe community where you will find a stimulating combination of arts and entertainment, community resources, and a four-season calendar of sports and recreation.

The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are an easy 75-minute drive to the north and provide access to metropolitan shopping, sporting and cultural events, and dining.