City of Rochester Mission Statement
The mission of the City of Rochester is to provide a safe, attractive environment through the responsive, efficient, and cost-effective delivery of municipal services. The City will strive to enhance community pride by improving the physical, environmental, economic, cultural, and social quality of the community.
Geography and Population
Rochester is the county seat of Olmsted county and is the third-largest city in Minnesota. The city has been frequently recognized by Money Magazine, since the 1980's as one of the best places to live in the United States ranging from the best overall to the best in the Midwest. (raedi) According to the United States Census Bureau the estimated population in 2013 was 110,742.
The city of Rochester lies alongside the south fork of the Zumbro River and encompasses approximately 54 square mile area. Nestled in a valley, Rochester's skyline has tall buildings at the city's center with farm fields in the foreground. It has more than 3500 acres of park land and more than 85 miles of paved trails to explore.