Rochester No. 6, St. Paul No. 66 in national ‘Livability’ survey

Rochester, Minn., ranks sixth in a new list of the 100 best places to live in the U.S.

St. Paul was ranked 66th in the 2014 list, compiled by livability.com. Palo Alto, Calif., was first. Minneapolis missed the cut.

In ranking the cities, the site says it considered:

  • Economics
  • Health care
  • Housing
  • Social and Civic Capital
  • Education
  • Amenities
  • Demographics
  • Infrastructure

The report on Rochester:

Located approximately 85 miles southeast of Minneapolis, Rochester is home to the Mayo Clinic, the world’s first and largest not-for-profit group medical practice and the city’s top employer. The University of Minnesota – Rochester and more than 40 other colleges and universities work to prepare and educate the area’s students and workforce. U.S. News and World Report placed Rochester in the top 10 of both the Best Places to Grow Up and the Best Cities for Job-Seeking Retirees.

And St. Paul’s positives:

  • Mostly Younger
  • Bigger City
  • Mostly Homeowners
  • Mostly Singles
  • Mild Summer
  • Green City
  • Close to Major Airport
  • Nearby College/University
  • Close to Major Sports Team

While Minneapolis doesn’t make the list’s top 100 in the U.S. (did they hear about the mayor’s race?),  it does show up in the livability.com’s list of top cities in Minnesota, which are, alphabetically:

  • Alexandria
  • Apple Valley
  • Duluth
  • Eagan
  • Eden Prairie
  • Minneapolis
  • Moorhead
  • Plymouth
  • Rochester
  • Shakopee
  • St. Cloud
  • St. Paul
  • Woodbury.

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Dave Eldred on 10/16/2013 - 12:12 pm.

    St. Cloud?

    LOL

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