These Are The 10 Best Minneapolis Suburbs For 2019


We analyzed over 110 places around Minneapolis to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best Minneapolis suburbs.

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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 2019:

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

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.

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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.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Minneapolis for 2019

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 (2013-2017) 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.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 3,818
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $136,331
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
More on Deephaven: Real Estate | Data

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 $136,331 a year, which is the 5th highest in the Minneapolis region. And only 250.0% are out of work. Homes average more than $550,400 each.

Victoria, MN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,679
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $140,889
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
More on Victoria: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Victoria is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Minneapolis for 2019.

It ranks 3rd for incomes in the area and only 0.9% of residents lack insurance, good for 2nd best.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 4,556
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Income: $118,750
Unemployment Rate: 0.9%
Poverty Rate: 0.3%
More on Elko New Market: Real Estate | Data

Here in Elko New Market, 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 Elko New Market.

North Oaks, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 4,961
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Income: $142,083
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
More on North Oaks: Real Estate | Data | Photos

North Oaks ranks as the 4th best suburb of Minneapolis for 2019.

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

Rogers, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 12,564
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Income: $120,602
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 1.8%
More on Rogers: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Rogers.

Rogers gets kudos for having the 25th most expensive homes in the Minneapolis area, where houses sell for an average of $298,700. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Waconia, MN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,751
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 5)
Median Income: $89,297
Unemployment Rate: 1.6%
Poverty Rate: 1.8%
More on Waconia: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Waconia 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 160.0% which is 7th best in the area.

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

Shorewood, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,696
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Median Income: $127,361
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
More on Shorewood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Shorewood.

Shorewood 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 14.8 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Edina, MN

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 50,603
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $96,477
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.7%
More on Edina: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Edina 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 2.3% of people lack insurance, good for 21st in the area.

Grant, MN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,140
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Income: $110,278
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.0%
More on Grant: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is ‘Everything Better In Grant?’

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.

Carver, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 4,470
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Median Income: $109,938
Unemployment Rate: 1.3%
Poverty Rate: 0.8%
More on Carver: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Carver.

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 2019

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

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Deephaven 3,818 $136,331
2 Victoria 8,679 $140,889
3 Elko New Market 4,556 $118,750
4 North Oaks 4,961 $142,083
5 Rogers 12,564 $120,602
6 Waconia 11,751 $89,297
7 Shorewood 7,696 $127,361
8 Edina 50,603 $96,477
9 Grant 4,140 $110,278
10 Carver 4,470 $109,938
11 Eden Prairie 63,660 $103,426
12 Medina 5,920 $138,125
13 Chanhassen 25,108 $116,569
14 Maple Grove 68,362 $101,859
15 Minnetrista 7,187 $148,783
16 Woodbury 67,648 $103,308
17 Mahtomedi 8,005 $95,592
18 Lino Lakes 20,950 $107,438
19 Mendota Heights 11,253 $107,865
20 Independence 3,726 $114,700
21 Albertville 7,303 $87,974
22 Plymouth 76,258 $91,867
23 Shoreview 26,432 $84,362
24 Orono 7,887 $130,300
25 Lakeville 61,056 $102,943
26 Hanover 3,234 $92,875
27 Champlin 24,209 $89,043
28 Hugo 14,415 $88,813
29 Greenfield 2,913 $109,175
30 Andover 32,257 $105,270
31 Stillwater 19,232 $82,205
32 Minnetonka 52,102 $86,672
33 Scandia 4,044 $87,171
34 St. Michael 17,128 $102,862
35 Savage 30,011 $101,899
36 Afton 2,963 $109,688
37 Rosemount 23,474 $94,341
38 Delano 5,854 $74,046
39 Farmington 22,502 $88,674
40 Prior Lake 25,452 $100,190
41 Ramsey 25,853 $92,984
42 Ham Lake 16,119 $95,962
43 Otsego 15,630 $99,037
44 Vadnais Heights 13,283 $77,855
45 St. Anthony 8,930 $67,910
46 Wayzata 4,467 $72,965
47 Circle Pines 4,967 $81,672
48 Falcon Heights 5,560 $68,654
49 Bayport 3,688 $75,815
50 Eagan 66,102 $84,756
51 Chaska 25,578 $81,938
52 Lake Elmo 8,621 $101,528
53 Apple Valley 51,109 $85,181
54 Columbus 4,009 $84,773
55 Golden Valley 21,208 $87,964
56 Arden Hills 10,250 $89,831
57 St. Louis Park 48,124 $71,346
58 Oak Grove 8,453 $97,782
59 Prescott 4,234 $75,391
60 Centerville 3,943 $98,214
61 Wyoming 7,793 $85,250
62 Corcoran 5,671 $102,708
63 Hudson 13,456 $69,065
64 Mound 9,380 $82,010
65 North Hudson 3,806 $64,320
66 Cottage Grove 35,902 $90,337
67 White Bear Lake 25,411 $66,662
68 Excelsior 2,375 $55,000
69 Blaine 62,453 $80,423
70 East Bethel 11,733 $86,893
71 St. Bonifacius 2,471 $84,375
72 Forest Lake 19,406 $74,475
73 Dayton 5,238 $87,966
74 Oak Park Heights 4,823 $57,655
75 Roseville 35,624 $67,242
76 Rockford 4,323 $67,813
77 Oakdale 27,972 $69,525
78 Elk River 23,924 $85,974
79 Nowthen 4,612 $94,904
80 New Brighton 22,440 $68,775
81 Shakopee 40,024 $84,400
82 Hastings 22,620 $66,403
83 Lauderdale 2,501 $47,390
84 Bloomington 85,417 $70,512
85 Jordan 6,079 $66,194
86 Osseo 2,680 $52,569
87 Mounds View 12,872 $60,184
88 Coon Rapids 62,342 $68,586
89 Little Canada 10,321 $49,750
90 Burnsville 61,302 $67,397
91 Crystal 22,910 $62,831
92 Robbinsdale 14,446 $62,891
93 Newport 3,485 $63,445
94 New Hope 20,909 $53,228
95 Inver Grove Heights 34,976 $73,296
96 North St. Paul 12,241 $61,225
97 Hopkins 18,217 $53,027
98 Richfield 35,993 $59,844
99 Maplewood 40,127 $63,941
100 St. Paul Park 5,376 $70,231

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