These Are The 10 Best Minneapolis Suburbs


We analyzed over 77 places around Minneapolis to identify the most kickass place to live.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Minneapolis are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado, here are the 10 best suburbs around Minneapolis:

  1. Shorewood (Photos)
  2. Rogers (Photos)
  3. Victoria (Photos)
  4. Minnetrista (Photos)
  5. Orono (Photos)
  6. Woodbury (Photos)
  7. Eden Prairie (Photos)
  8. Lake Elmo (Photos)
  9. Mahtomedi (Photos)
  10. Champlin (Photos)

If you happen to be a resident of Shorewood, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Minneapolis ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Minneapolis

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Minneapolis was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people

Then we used the 2010-2014 American Community Survey to research each suburb. FYI: We defined a suburb based on the Census’s designation of being part of an “Urban Cluster,” but not the main city of said urbanized area. For example, the Census considers all of these places to be part of the Minneapolis–St. Paul, Mn–Wi Urbanized Area.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 5,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 77 suburbs to evaluate around Minneapolis.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 77 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the “Best Suburb near Minneapolis.” We’re lookin’ at you, Shorewood.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

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1. Shorewood

Shorewood, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,438
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Median Home Price: $391,600
Median Income: $113,719

2. Rogers

Rogers, Minnesota

Source: Flickr

Population: 11,747
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Median Home Price: $258,500
Median Income: $100,525

3. Victoria

Victoria, Minnesota

Source: Flickr

Population: 7,845
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Median Home Price: $381,800
Median Income: $131,833

4. Minnetrista

Minnetrista, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,661
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Median Home Price: $384,400
Median Income: $107,083

5. Orono

Orono, Minnesota

Source: Flickr

Population: 7,690
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Median Home Price: $551,500
Median Income: $101,030

6. Woodbury

Woodbury, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 64,544
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Median Home Price: $267,500
Median Income: $98,974

7. Eden Prairie

Eden Prairie, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 62,096
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Median Home Price: $301,200
Median Income: $95,697

8. Lake Elmo

Lake Elmo, Minnesota

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,123
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Median Home Price: $373,000
Median Income: $104,974

9. Mahtomedi

Mahtomedi, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,923
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Median Home Price: $296,900
Median Income: $97,766

10. Champlin

Champlin, Minnesota

Source: Flickr

Population: 23,591
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Median Home Price: $198,500
Median Income: $86,788

Welcome to the ‘Burbs

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Minneapolis, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.
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Detailed List Of The Best Burbs To Live Around Minneapolis

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
Shorewood 1 7,438 2.9% $391,600 $113,719
Rogers 2 11,747 3.7% $258,500 $100,525
Victoria 3 7,845 4.7% $381,800 $131,833
Minnetrista 4 6,661 3.8% $384,400 $107,083
Orono 5 7,690 4.2% $551,500 $101,030
Woodbury 6 64,544 4.7% $267,500 $98,974
Eden Prairie 7 62,096 5.1% $301,200 $95,697
Lake Elmo 8 8,123 5.1% $373,000 $104,974
Mahtomedi 9 7,923 4.6% $296,900 $97,766
Champlin 10 23,591 3.6% $198,500 $86,788
Shoreview 11 25,673 4.6% $232,400 $79,485
Falcon Heights 12 5,439 5.0% $275,500 $66,635
Edina 13 48,940 5.1% $393,100 $86,968
Mendota Heights 14 11,131 5.2% $342,500 $98,098
Chanhassen 15 24,003 4.8% $334,900 $108,078
Medina 16 5,163 6.6% $589,900 $126,161
Roseville 17 34,554 4.4% $217,500 $62,464
St. Michael 18 16,767 4.1% $217,300 $94,318
Prior Lake 19 23,956 4.9% $262,400 $95,692
Vadnais Heights 20 12,770 3.6% $205,000 $73,208
Plymouth 21 72,868 5.3% $291,800 $84,321
Eagan 22 65,053 5.2% $245,000 $80,247
Minnetonka 23 50,897 5.4% $289,000 $80,068
White Bear Lake 24 24,398 4.4% $190,200 $61,672
Hugo 25 13,850 3.7% $224,100 $81,773
Maple Grove 26 64,364 5.5% $242,200 $92,267
Savage 27 28,055 5.4% $246,700 $94,432
Stillwater 28 18,541 5.3% $239,800 $75,200
St. Anthony 29 8,501 5.7% $224,100 $54,943
Lakeville 30 57,715 4.3% $243,000 $94,635
Golden Valley 31 20,683 5.0% $265,700 $82,325
Rosemount 32 22,469 4.0% $233,700 $86,845
Andover 33 31,271 5.2% $234,700 $93,314
Corcoran 34 5,482 8.3% $285,500 $102,477
Farmington 35 21,861 4.3% $200,300 $87,653
St. Louis Park 36 46,466 5.2% $228,900 $65,151
Lino Lakes 37 20,671 5.6% $257,600 $103,407
Crystal 38 22,459 4.7% $160,500 $59,860
Oak Grove 39 8,145 6.4% $227,800 $85,250
Arden Hills 40 9,700 8.0% $264,400 $85,028
Apple Valley 41 49,911 5.8% $215,700 $80,609
Mound 42 9,205 4.5% $204,100 $72,184
Albertville 43 7,159 7.9% $175,700 $96,896
Chaska 44 24,238 4.0% $228,200 $76,301
Ham Lake 45 15,565 7.1% $258,700 $89,949
New Brighton 46 21,899 5.2% $210,700 $61,324
Shakopee 47 38,613 5.9% $210,700 $79,670
Elk River 48 23,346 5.4% $204,000 $74,772
Bloomington 49 85,136 6.7% $216,100 $63,053
Little Canada 50 10,015 7.4% $182,300 $49,518
Ramsey 51 24,441 6.3% $202,300 $83,115
Burnsville 52 61,059 6.5% $211,100 $63,997
Maplewood 53 39,261 6.0% $185,900 $60,323
Minneapolis 54 394,424 9.0% $205,200 $50,767
Oakdale 55 27,705 6.5% $188,500 $67,822
Cottage Grove 56 35,169 5.3% $204,600 $82,485
Mounds View 57 12,412 7.8% $169,000 $59,121
Coon Rapids 58 61,809 7.9% $165,500 $64,694
Brooklyn Park 59 77,579 7.7% $178,700 $62,656
New Hope 60 20,648 7.3% $189,400 $47,755
Blaine 61 59,295 6.6% $179,900 $73,496
Hopkins 62 17,909 6.5% $200,500 $49,418
East Bethel 63 11,614 7.5% $204,600 $87,441
West St. Paul 64 19,690 8.7% $173,000 $45,392
Robbinsdale 65 14,196 7.7% $166,300 $57,012
Richfield 66 35,877 7.7% $184,800 $52,484
Otsego 67 14,257 5.0% $180,000 $72,626
St. Paul 68 291,728 9.5% $175,000 $48,258
Anoka 69 17,202 6.9% $166,800 $47,408
Inver Grove Heights 70 34,258 7.4% $205,100 $64,635
North St. Paul 71 11,775 12.0% $178,000 $52,246
South St. Paul 72 20,368 9.1% $163,800 $55,190
Columbia Heights 73 19,605 9.6% $155,200 $48,857
Fridley 74 27,494 8.9% $167,900 $54,509
St. Paul Park 75 5,327 9.5% $157,500 $57,917
Spring Lake Park 76 6,503 10.8% $158,700 $54,489
Brooklyn Center 77 30,549 8.9% $134,600 $45,198

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