Retire in Rochester, MN

Livability Score
64
** The AARP Livability Index scores neighborhoods and communities across the U.S. for the services and amenities that impact your life the most.
Total Population
109252
Median Househould Income
63472
Median Age
35.3
65 Years and Over
14563
Median Home Value
163400
Unemployed
2909
** 2014 US census data
Restaurants
1. Tonic

This place is fantastic. A gem amongst the rest. Great location, right across from St. Mary's hospital. I have now been twice during my short trip to...

2. Lazeez Restaurant

We had a very long trip and it was late in the evening... We took a last chance to stop at this restaurant... And never in my life I had this type of...

3. Thirsty Belgian Bar & Kitchen

My fiancé and I have always talked about coming here and today we finally did. We were very pleasantly surprised with the food, the service and the beer....

4. The Doggery

I love this place. Artisan bartenders who make craft cocktails in a cool, speak easy atmosphere. Great staff, delicious drinks and they often have live...

5. Nupa Mediterranean Cuisine

I haven't had Greek food this good in a very long time! It was a fairly small casual place but busy. And I know why. We both got the basic Gyro with fries....

Golf
1. Willow Creek Golf Course

Played the foot golf course today and it was a blast! It's only $8/person to play ($3 to rent a soccer ball if you don't have your own). Great way to spend...

2. Rochester Indoor Golf Center

Best deals in town. Paul Peelers the man.

3. Pine Island Golf Course

Best value in MN. Great course you can play over and over.

4. Rochester Municipal Golf Courses

Great group of courses and cheap memberships.

5. Oaks Golf & Supper Club-Pro Shop

A great course you can play all day. Been here many times and it never gets old.

Active
1. Douglas Trail

Perfect for an afternoon trail ride! Nice views and the trail is fairly flat for the majority.

2. Mario Roberto Jiu-Jitsu Academy

This is a great gym, I really enjoy the Submission Grappling classes, whether they're led by the owner, Mario Roberto, a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu...

3. Prairie Walls Climbing Gym

If you like rock climbing at all, you'll love Prairie Walls! This place has three different climbing rooms, including a bouldering room. The community there...

4. Rochester Athletic Club

The RAC is a beautiful facility with numerous activities for whatever your heart desires. Albeit, the main reason my husband and I chose the RAC was...

5. Planet Fitness - Rochester

My new club, love it. It's super affordable and no craziness. Clean, helpful staff. If you don't need all the extra like childcare and dance or fitness...

Arts
1. Paragon Chateau 14

Great theater Clean environment, great comfy seats, and a great beer selection Inexpensive for what you get!!

2. Salem Glen Winery

Great wine variety and most of the wines are really good. No food, but great cheese and cracker, chocolate and bread plates. Very friendly down to earth...

3. Redwood Room

I probably shouldn't post this, as this is one of the best kept secrets in Rochester. Very intimate, seated promptly, musician introduced himself to each...

4. Wehrenberg Theatres Rochester Galaxy 14 Cine + IMAX

This was a relatively clean theater with comfortable seats and an IMAX. I didn't see a movie in the IMAX, but the regular screens are well taken care of and...

5. Rochester Honkers Baseball

If you want something to do on a nice summer evening in Rochester you really should take in a local baseball game and get out to see the Honkers....it is...

Shopping
1. Costco

The cleanest the freshest smelling the most gracious staff in the country ! My number ONE.... favorite Costco. I have been a member for 20 years...

2. Target Stores

Love this store

3. Old Navy

They have super cute spring wear on sale now. I got a pair of skinny distressed white jeans for just $36 and they have some really cute cami tanks too....

4. Herbergers

They have some super cute sandals on sale now. I got a pair for just $19.99. Then I found a cute dress on yellow dot clearance for $30. They have a coupon...

5. TerraLoco

I was on a search for a pair of sandals with great arch support and a little bling. I walked in, told her my needs, and BAM! Walked out with a pair of...

Health
1. Mayo Clinic

I will never ever move away from Minnesota. Magnificent clean air, the best drinking water in the country and the very best of health care possible. My...

2. Healing Touch Spa Downtown

It was a wonderful experience. Nina was very professional and nice. I plan to come back again and see her.

3. Blue Sky Dental

I have been to blue sky dental numerous times, and it is the best dental clinic I've been to. Everybody is extremely courteous and welcoming. I've never...

4. Quality Life Chiropractic & Massage

Great business. I messed up my back in a motorcycle fall, they took me in right away and the results were great. Fondly staff, affordable.

5. Kraft Therapeutic Massage

Probably the best massage I've ever had! I will admit, I am a little bit of a spa geek! I've had massages at some of the top spots in California, Arizona,...

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