WINNERTop 100 rank: 52
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This town half an hour from Detroit packs a lot into a small space.
There's natural beauty: Rochester lies at the junction of three waterways and two nature trails, and 82 acres of parkland provide easy access to fishing spots and gardens.
There's history: This area contains several buildings that date back to when Rochester was a 19th-century village powered by mills on the Clinton River.
And there's economic viabiity: Few businesses in town have shut down due to the recession. Despite the auto industry's struggles, Rochester's unemployment rate is significantly better than the county's. --D.G.
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