Rochester ranked No. 9 in Livability's 2018 Top 100 Best Places To Live list that was released this morning, tumbling eight spots after earning the top spot in 2017.
Midwest cities dominated the rankings as Ann Arbor, Mich., finished atop the new study with a Livability score of 694, while Rochester came in ninth with a score of 666. Its score last year was 695.
The rest of the Top 10 included Manhattan, Kan.; Corvallis, Ore.; Iowa City, Iowa; Charlottesville, Va.; Palo Alto, Calif.; Madison, Wis.; Santa Cruz, Calif.; and Bellevue, Wash. The only other Minnesota city to be recognized in the new rankings was Edina at No. 58.
"Always appearing high on our Top 100 Best Places to Live list is Rochester, home to the Mayo Clinic and all the international talent and guests it attracts," Livability wrote in its description of Rochester.
"Mayo is currently developing a 'Destination Medical Center' construction project in Rochester that could lead to 40,000 new jobs and 100,000 new residents over the next 20 years. Meanwhile, the University of Minnesota is planning to expand its Rochester satellite campus to bring more young people into town, and the city's downtown area continues to attract millennials and young professionals. Thanks in large part to the Mayo Clinic, Rochester also is known for its civic-minded residents who are eager to get involved in many community-enhancing projects."
The rankings weighed data collected from more than 2,000 cities across the United States with populations ranging from 20,000 to 350,000.