These Are The 10 Best Minneapolis Suburbs For 2018


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 for 2018:

  1. Deephaven
  2. North Oaks (Photos)
  3. Victoria
  4. Shorewood (Photos)
  5. Elko New Market
  6. Rogers
  7. Hanover (Photos)
  8. Carver (Photos)
  9. Edina (Photos)
  10. Grant

If you happen to be a resident of Deephaven, 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.

Or, if you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in Minnesota check out the best places in Minnesota overall or the worst.

Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

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How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Minneapolis for 2018

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
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data (2012-2016) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Minneapolis.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 110 suburbs to evaluate around Minneapolis.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 110 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, Deephaven.

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. Deephaven


Population: 3,786
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Median Home Price: $537,600
Median Income: $123,152
Deephaven is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Minneapolis area. We’ll tell you the good about ‘Awesome Deephaven.’

Everyone here is rich; families average $123,152 a year, which is the 6th highest in the Minneapolis region. And only 2.3% are out of work. Homes average more than $537,600 each.

2. North Oaks

North Oaks, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,832
Unemployment Rate: 1.4%
Median Home Price: $531,800
Median Income: $149,507
North Oaks is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Minneapolis for 2018.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 2.5% of residents lack insurance, good for 18th best.

3. Victoria


Population: 8,385
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Median Home Price: $394,800
Median Income: $132,431
Here in Victoria, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Minneapolis metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Victoria.

4. Shorewood

Shorewood, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,548
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Median Home Price: $428,100
Median Income: $123,629
Shorewood ranks as the 4th best suburb of Minneapolis for 2018.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Shorewood and the schools are some of the best around.

5. Elko New Market


Population: 4,472
Unemployment Rate: 1.6%
Median Home Price: $268,200
Median Income: $113,583
Coming in as the fifth best is Elko New Market.

Elko New Market gets kudos for having the 32nd most expensive homes in the Minneapolis area, where houses sell for an average of $268,200. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. Rogers

Rogers, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,284
Unemployment Rate: 1.7%
Median Home Price: $279,600
Median Income: $109,023
Rogers is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here’s why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 1.7% which is 5th best in the area.

According to online reports, Rogers is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Minneapolis area, meaning you need to get in soon.

7. Hanover

Hanover, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,064
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Median Home Price: $270,600
Median Income: $91,464
The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Hanover.

Hanover schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it’s only 23.5 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

8. Carver

Carver, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,328
Unemployment Rate: 1.4%
Median Home Price: $298,700
Median Income: $116,954
Carver is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 0.6% of people lack insurance, good for 1st in the area.

9. Edina

Edina, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 49,976
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Median Home Price: $424,500
Median Income: $91,847
Is ‘Everything Better In Edina?’

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it’s really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

10. Grant


Population: 4,134
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Median Home Price: $426,200
Median Income: $108,940
And rounding out the top ten for 2018 is Grant.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It’s far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Welcome to the Best Minneapolis ‘Burbs of 2018

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 Minneapolis Suburbs

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
Deephaven 1 3,786 2.3% $537,600 $123,152
North Oaks 2 4,832 1.4% $531,800 $149,507
Victoria 3 8,385 2.1% $394,800 $132,431
Shorewood 4 7,548 2.9% $428,100 $123,629
Elko New Market 5 4,472 1.6% $268,200 $113,583
Rogers 6 12,284 1.7% $279,600 $109,023
Hanover 7 3,064 2.4% $270,600 $91,464
Carver 8 4,328 1.4% $298,700 $116,954
Edina 9 49,976 3.6% $424,500 $91,847
Grant 10 4,134 3.7% $426,200 $108,940
Waconia 11 11,523 2.8% $252,200 $87,394
Chanhassen 12 24,796 3.1% $339,800 $115,449
Eden Prairie 13 63,206 3.2% $319,400 $101,094
Medina 14 5,633 2.2% $586,600 $137,692
Maple Grove 15 66,969 3.6% $254,400 $96,410
Woodbury 16 66,699 4.0% $282,700 $101,922
Mendota Heights 17 11,231 4.3% $351,100 $100,903
Afton 18 2,951 3.6% $411,200 $100,764
Plymouth 19 75,105 3.0% $310,900 $88,378
Greenfield 20 2,888 3.4% $389,000 $106,523
Albertville 21 7,286 3.1% $189,600 $93,045
Minnetrista 22 6,963 2.2% $422,400 $143,191
Mahtomedi 23 7,964 3.9% $298,200 $95,679
Orono 24 7,772 4.9% $593,000 $119,393
Shoreview 25 26,161 2.8% $238,100 $81,353
Champlin 26 23,929 3.4% $205,700 $84,042
Lakeville 27 59,786 2.9% $260,400 $98,864
Lino Lakes 28 20,758 4.0% $263,800 $105,934
Delano 29 5,754 3.5% $234,300 $78,114
Minnetonka 30 51,651 4.1% $301,400 $83,496
Stillwater 31 19,142 3.4% $248,400 $79,293
Andover 32 31,906 3.7% $241,800 $100,358
Independence 33 3,687 3.9% $408,100 $101,569
Savage 34 29,399 3.3% $263,300 $97,584
St. Michael 35 17,045 4.0% $223,100 $97,000
Wayzata 36 4,296 3.3% $485,700 $69,854
Prior Lake 37 24,997 3.7% $286,100 $101,128
Hugo 38 14,223 2.4% $236,200 $86,789
Lake Elmo 39 8,445 3.1% $375,800 $96,944
Farmington 40 22,226 2.4% $213,800 $86,447
Rosemount 41 23,099 4.0% $240,300 $92,939
Otsego 42 15,065 2.0% $193,900 $89,556
Centerville 43 3,907 2.8% $221,600 $89,118
St. Anthony 44 8,790 3.2% $232,300 $64,504
Ramsey 45 25,329 3.6% $210,200 $88,286
Circle Pines 46 4,947 1.8% $174,500 $73,352
Ham Lake 47 15,878 4.9% $268,600 $93,900
Arden Hills 48 10,126 7.1% $282,200 $91,875
Prescott 49 4,217 2.1% $183,500 $74,875
Falcon Heights 50 5,534 4.7% $283,200 $75,167
Scandia 51 4,029 4.5% $323,000 $85,417
Corcoran 52 5,572 4.0% $305,100 $101,659
Eagan 53 65,874 4.4% $251,500 $82,855
Apple Valley 54 50,602 3.7% $218,100 $83,450
Chaska 55 25,078 2.5% $243,700 $76,673
Hudson 56 13,367 3.6% $225,900 $65,182
Golden Valley 57 21,040 5.4% $264,900 $81,919
Mound 58 9,306 4.5% $225,200 $78,920
St. Louis Park 59 47,486 4.1% $236,900 $68,451
Vadnais Heights 60 13,115 3.1% $206,400 $72,673
North Hudson 61 3,810 2.6% $206,300 $63,125
Wyoming 62 7,785 5.0% $201,300 $84,712
Columbus 63 3,980 5.1% $241,800 $77,727
Cottage Grove 64 35,632 4.3% $216,500 $85,516
Oak Park Heights 65 4,790 0.9% $225,800 $51,726
White Bear Lake 66 24,992 3.9% $192,800 $63,916
Blaine 67 61,210 4.2% $189,100 $79,915
Elk River 68 23,743 3.9% $214,900 $83,585
Jordan 69 5,981 2.5% $210,500 $66,818
Oak Grove 70 8,334 3.8% $239,000 $85,446
Oakdale 71 27,956 4.1% $201,900 $67,991
East Bethel 72 11,618 4.2% $210,300 $90,134
Excelsior 73 2,510 4.5% $443,000 $45,915
Forest Lake 74 19,208 4.2% $234,700 $73,091
New Brighton 75 22,233 4.7% $223,400 $66,003
Dayton 76 5,031 4.2% $238,900 $78,477
St. Bonifacius 77 2,596 7.7% $224,300 $85,489
Roseville 78 35,254 4.2% $224,000 $63,022
Bloomington 79 85,080 4.3% $221,900 $67,473
Rockford 80 4,229 3.2% $179,400 $73,494
Bayport 81 3,604 7.0% $198,600 $69,345
Osseo 82 2,612 5.1% $164,300 $49,728
Shakopee 83 39,656 5.3% $221,500 $79,648
Burnsville 84 61,158 5.0% $215,300 $66,225
Nowthen 85 4,562 4.0% $265,900 $83,576
Hastings 86 22,501 4.9% $182,800 $62,155
Hopkins 87 18,077 4.6% $204,300 $51,466
Crystal 88 22,777 4.1% $159,600 $60,494
Coon Rapids 89 62,159 5.4% $171,200 $66,313
Robbinsdale 90 14,382 5.5% $166,600 $60,388
New Hope 91 20,819 4.6% $194,900 $50,000
Little Canada 92 10,202 5.1% $203,600 $51,154
Lauderdale 93 2,472 3.5% $172,200 $44,345
Inver Grove Heights 94 34,757 5.5% $216,400 $69,893
Maplewood 95 39,678 6.2% $188,400 $63,367
St. Paul Park 96 5,352 5.7% $161,300 $68,586
Mounds View 97 12,708 5.5% $168,600 $56,753
North St. Paul 98 12,102 9.0% $180,200 $57,156
Brooklyn Park 99 78,823 5.7% $186,400 $65,695
Spring Lake Park 100 6,519 7.3% $160,400 $57,993

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