Gonda Building at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota

Mayo Clinic is located in the heart of downtown Rochester, Minnesota, a vibrant, friendly city that provides a highly livable environment for more than 34,000 Mayo staff and students.

Nicknamed the "Med City" because of Mayo Clinic's long and prominent history within the community, Rochester is the state's fastest growing city and the third largest. With a population of nearly 110,000 and more than 2 million visitors every year, Rochester has the feel of a medium-sized city while offering many big-city amenities and a cosmopolitan flavor.

The city 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 Destination Medical Center (DMC) initiative is expected to stimulate additional growth in the community. The project's goal is to create a world-class destination community for patients, students and professionals. Continued enhancements in Rochester's livability and arts, culture, dining and retail offerings are part of this project's priorities.

The Twin Cities — 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.

Rochester, Minnesota, downtown skyline