10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Minnesota For 2019


We used science and data to determine which cities in Minnesota have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our second time ranking the best cities for families in Minnesota.

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If you’re like the rest of us, you’re looking for the perfect place for your family. But you have a strict criteria; the city has to be safe, affordable, and stimulating. Basically, the place you move – or even visit – has to be outright perfect.

Is that attainable? Perhaps not, but we’ll get you as close as we can.

Promise.

According to the United States Census, the number of American families who move is trending downwards Why is that? Perhaps it has to do with the ‘safety net’ factor: We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous?

Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you choose the cities we’re mentioning below, you won’t lose any sleep whatsoever.

So, where are the best cities for families in Minnesota? We’ve got the answers here.

If you’re thinking of making a move to Minnesota, and want a family-friendly place, we’ve got you covered. And if you already have kids, we’re surprised you made it this far into the article and hope your little ones give you a couple of more minutes of free time.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out some more reading about Minnesota and the best places for families in the country:

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Minnesota For 2019

Northfield, MN

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 20,297
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 50
Closest Major City: St. Paul
Households with kids: 29.3%
More on Northfield: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Northfield is a city in Dakota and Rice counties in the State of Minnesota. The city is mostly in Rice County, with a small portion in Dakota County. The population was 20,007 during the 2010 census.

Chaska, MN

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 25,578
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 48
Closest Major City: Minneapolis
Households with kids: 36.4%
More on Chaska: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Chaska is a city in Carver County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 23,770 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Carver County, which is part of the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Rosemount, MN

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 23,474
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 46
Closest Major City: St. Paul
Households with kids: 40.4%
More on Rosemount: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Eagan, MN

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 66,102
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 54
Closest Major City: St. Paul
Households with kids: 31.4%
More on Eagan: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Eagan is a city in Dakota County, Minnesota, United States. The city is south of Saint Paul and lies on the south bank of the Minnesota River, upstream from the confluence with the Mississippi River. Eagan and nearby suburbs form the southern portion of Minneapolis-St. Paul. The population of Eagan was 64,206 at the 2010 census and currently ranks as Minnesota’s 11th largest city. Currently the eleventh largest Minnesota city and the sixth largest suburb in the metro area, Eagan is predominantly a commuter town of both Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

Minnetonka, MN

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 52,102
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 98
Closest Major City: Minneapolis
Households with kids: 24.6%
More on Minnetonka: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Minnetonka is a suburban city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States, eight miles west of Minneapolis. The population was 49,734 at the 2010 census. The name comes from the Dakota Indian mni tanka, meaning “great water”. The city is the home of Cargill, the country’s largest privately owned company, and United Healthcare, the state’s largest publicly owned company.

Woodbury, MN

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 67,648
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 42
Closest Major City: St. Paul
Households with kids: 40.8%
More on Woodbury: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Woodbury is a suburb of St. Paul and the largest city in Washington County, Minnesota. It is part of the greater Twin Cities metropolitan area. Woodbury is situated east of Saint Paul along Interstate 94. The 2016 population for Woodbury was 68,349, making it the 8th most populous city in Minnesota.

North Mankato, MN

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 13,583
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 45
Closest Major City: Minneapolis
Households with kids: 29.8%
More on North Mankato: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Shakopee, MN

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 40,024
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 55
Closest Major City: Minneapolis
Households with kids: 41.5%
More on Shakopee: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Shakopee is a city in and the county seat of Scott County, Minnesota. It is located southwest of downtown Minneapolis. Sited on the south bank bend of the Minnesota River, Shakopee and nearby suburbs comprise the southwest portion of Minneapolis-Saint Paul, the sixteenth-largest metropolitan area in the United States, with 3.3 million people. The population of Shakopee was 37,076 at the 2010 census.

Lino Lakes, MN

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 20,950
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 30
Closest Major City: St. Paul
Households with kids: 40.3%
More on Lino Lakes: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Lino Lakes is a city in Anoka County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 20,216 at the 2010 census. Interstates 35W and 35E are two of the main routes in the community. It is an outer suburb north of the Twin Cities.

Grand Rapids, MN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,099
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 42
Closest Major City: Minneapolis
Households with kids: 26.9%
More on Grand Rapids: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Grand Rapids is a city in Itasca County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 10,869 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Itasca County.

How do you determine which place is best for families in Minnesota anyways?

To give you the places in Minnesota which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s family-friendly and what isn’t.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the North Star State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Minnesota, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Minnesota, that meant a total of 84 cities.

There You Have It – The Best Places To Raise A Family In Minnesota

If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in Minnesota ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the best cities for singles Minnesota according to the data:

  1. St. Cloud
  2. Bemidji
  3. West St. Paul

For more Minnesota reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places For Families In Minnesota?

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Northfield, MN 20,297 49
2 Chaska, MN 25,578 68
3 Rosemount, MN 23,474 46
4 Eagan, MN 66,102 59
5 Minnetonka, MN 52,102 92
6 Woodbury, MN 67,648 39
7 North Mankato, MN 13,583 51
8 Shakopee, MN 40,024 57
9 Lino Lakes, MN 20,950 49
10 Grand Rapids, MN 11,099 59

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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