Auto Transport Services to Rochester, Minnesota
Rochester is a city in as well as the county seat of Olmstead County, Minnesota. The city is currently home to over 106,000 residents, making it the third-largest city in the entire state of Minnesota and the largest outside the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Statistical Area; the city also anchors its own smaller metropolitan area, home to over 211,000 residents. Rochester came to fruition after the creation of Olmstead County, in 1855; the town was named as the county seat in 1857. Rochester was little more than a stagecoach stop along the road from Saint Paul, Minnesota to Dubuque, Iowa, when it was named as the new county seat of Olmstead County; this would start a chain of events that would lead to the growth and expansion of Rochester as the years went by; the stagecoach may long be gone, but railroads and the Interstate Highway System have made up for that, while also helping Rochester expand even more.
The city sits in southeastern Minnesota, maybe 70 miles or so south of Minneapolis and just north of Interstate 90. This is actually great news, because Minnesota is far from the most popular auto transportation location in the United States. Far north, isolated and prone to incredibly terrible winter weather, Minnesota ranks near the bottom on many auto shippers’ “funnest places to drive to and from” lists (if they keep one) because of how remote it is. Rochester, the third-largest city in the state, is home to just 106,000 – that’s a far cry from a true metropolitan area, or even something like Kansas City or Birmingham. There’s a reason why auto shippers don’t like going to and from Minnesota, and a lot of it has to do with how few people actually live there, and how many people actually ship their vehicles there – or, rather, how many people don’t.
Auto shipping companies prefer to run routes through major metropolitan areas that are located along heavily-traveled interstates and that are actually locations that people are moving in and out of. Phoenix, Arizona is a popular shipping location; Minneapolis is not. Most places that shippers prefer to run routes through are connected to the Interstate Highway System, and while Rochester does sit along I-90 (just north, actually, but not far enough north to make any sort of difference to auto shippers; it’s a matter of a few miles, not a few hundred miles), it’s still not a place a lot of people are moving in and out of, and even if they were, I-90 is treacherous in the winter, especially through North Dakota and Minnesota, and auto transportation companies hate treacherous weather.
If you need quotes to ship to or from Rochester, it’s something we can help you out with, despite all the evidence to the contrary – you just need to be prepared to see higher than average prices and longer pickup times, especially if you’re shipping during the winter months. If you need some free quotes to ship your vehicle, fill out our online quote form; it’s completely free, takes only a minute or two, and gets you quotes from some of the best and most reliable auto transporters in the industry. If you have further questions or concerns, you can call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our own live agents. They can answer your questions, help you get your free quotes and get you started on your next auto transportation experience today.