Rochester, Minnesota, is located in the southeastern part of the state on the Zumbro River, and is the county seat of Olmsted County. The town, with a population of 111,402 (2014 census), started out as a stagecoach stop between Saint Paul, Minnesota and Dubuque, Iowa, during the 1860's. Rochester is known today as home of the world renowned Mayo Clinic, one of the largest and most respected medical facilities in the world, which brings millions of visitors to the city each year.
Several schools of higher education are also located in Rochester, including the University of Minnesota Rochester, Winona State, St. Mary's University, and the Mayo Clinic Medical School. The city has made several Top Ten lists the past few years that include Money's “Best Place to Retire”, US News and World Report's “Best Cities for Job Seeking Retirees”, and more recently, Forbes “25 Best Places to Retire in 2015”. Livability.com named Rochester as its number one pick for 2016, for its health care, affordable housing, and entertainment options. Although Minnesota is known as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes", Olmstead County is one of the few in the state that has no natural lake. Rochester is home however, to Silver Lake, a freshwater reservoir. Picture of Downtown Rochester Reflected in South Silver Lake courtesy of Wikipedia and Phthalogreen; picture of Rochester's bike path and picture of Bronz sculpture of the Mayo Brothers by Tuck Langland courtesy of Wikipedia and Jonathunder.