THE 10 BEST Neighborhoods In Minneapolis For 2020


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Minneapolis are the best of the best.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Minneapolis.
Best Neighborhoods In Minneapolis

St. Paul, Minnesota wouldn't be the city it is without Minneapolis. The City of Lakes is after all one half of the Twin Cities. Some might say the better half, but we're not entirely sure. But, there is one thing we are sure about, Minneapolis has some pretty great neighborhoods and HomeSnacks' list of the best neighborhoods in the Mini-Apple for 2020 is no joke.

However, before you speed scroll down to the list of Minneapolis' best of the best hoods, you should probably take a second to learn how we ranked Minneapolis' 83 neighborhoods. Well, besides looking at the obvious things that people find important in determining if a place meets their expectations: safety, jobs, affordability, and amenities, we also looked at the latest census for median income levels and median home prices.

And this is what we discovered:

The Kenwood neighborhood has a great balance between median income levels and median home prices and just overall cost of living: it's one of the most affordable neighborhoods in the city. Two, if you've just taken a job at Target's Headquarters in downtown Minneapolis, you can hop on the 65 South from Audubon Park, cross the Mighty Mississippi River, and be at work in 20 minutes. And three, the homes in the Lynnhurst neighborhood might cost you close to $218,969.98795180724, but you are getting a one-of-a-kind Minneapolis experience on the southeastern shore of Lake Harriet.

These great neighborhoods in Minneapolis aren't going to be available for long, so pull the chute and head down to our list of Minneapolis' best neighborhoods to pick your forever home before it's too late.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Minneapolis for 2020:

  1. Fulton (Homes)
  2. Lynnhurst (Homes)
  3. Page (Homes)
  4. Cedar-Isles-Dean (Homes)
  5. Kingfield (Homes)
  6. Hale (Homes)
  7. Fuller Tangletown (Homes)
  8. Kenwood (Homes)
  9. Audubon Park (Homes)
  10. East Isles (Homes)

Did we mention that Minneapolis is the home to six stadiums, a vibrant riverwalk, multiple world class theaters, and some of the tastiest cuisine? (We heard the tater tot hotdish is a must.) Basically, if you're looking for a Minneapolis neighborhood with a bunch of fun stuff to do, you're not going to have any trouble finding activities to keep yourself happy, healthy, and entertained. But, there's one Minneapolis neighborhood that has it all.

So, what Minneapolis neighborhood is the best? According to our calculations, that would be Fulton.

To see where the other Minneapolis neighborhoods ranked, take a look below; and if you don't find your favorite there, hit that down arrow again.

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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Minneapolis

Population: 6,092
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $419,217 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $128,282 (Fourth best)
More on Fulton: Homes For Sale | Data

Fulton is a neighborhood in the Southwest community in Minneapolis. Its boundaries are West 47th Street to the north, Penn Avenue South to the east, West 54th Street to the south, and France Avenue South to the west. Nearby neighborhoods include Linden Hills to the north, Lynnhurst to the east, and Armatage to the south. The suburb of Edina lies to the south and west. West 50th Street is a major eastwest thoroughfare bisecting the neighborhood. At its intersection with France Avenue is the upscale 50th & France commercial district, which lies along the border between Minneapolis and Edina.

Population: 6,191
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $491,829 (Third best)
Median Income: $138,952 (Second best)
More on Lynnhurst: Homes For Sale | Data

Lynnhurst is a neighborhood in the Southwest community in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Its boundaries are 46th Street to the north, Lyndale Avenue to the east, 54th Street to the south, and Penn Avenue to the west. It is located along the southeastern shore of Lake Harriet. Outflows from the lake run through a parkway for several city blocks to reach Minnehaha Creek.

Population: 2,103
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $353,800 (12th best)
Median Income: $134,862 (Third best)
More on Page: Homes For Sale | Data

Page is a neighborhood in the Nokomis community in Minneapolis. Its boundaries are the Minnehaha Creek to the north, Chicago Avenue to the east, Diamond Lake Road and East 55th Street to the south, and Interstate 35W to the west. Page shares a neighborhood organization with the Hale and Diamond Lake neighborhoods.

Population: 3,385
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 9)
Median Home Value: $368,500 (Tenth best)
Median Income: $86,313 (16th best)
More on Cedar-Isles-Dean: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 7,732
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 7)
Median Home Value: $253,644 (20th best)
Median Income: $80,677 (20th best)
More on Kingfield: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 3,318
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 12)
Median Home Value: $297,425 (14th best)
Median Income: $112,757 (Sixth best)
More on Hale: Homes For Sale | Data

Fuller Tangletown Minneapolis, MN

Source: Public domain

Population: 4,428
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $336,000 (13th best)
Median Income: $109,940 (Seventh best)
More on Fuller Tangletown: Homes For Sale | Data

Tangletown is a neighborhood in the Southwest community of Minneapolis. The neighborhood was officially known as Fuller until 1996 when it was changed to the present name, which reflects the winding streets in the neighborhood that do not conform to the regular street grid of South Minneapolis. The neighborhood boundaries are 46th Street to the north, Interstate 35W to the east, Diamond Lake Road to the south, and Lyndale Avenue South to the west.

Population: 1,535
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $723,900 (First best)
Median Income: $151,512 (First best)
More on Kenwood: Homes For Sale | Data

Kenwood is a neighborhood within the Calhoun-Isles community in Minneapolis. Its boundaries are Cedar Lake Parkway to the west, Kenwood Parkway to the north, West Lake of the Isles Parkway to the east, and Kenilworth Place to the south. The neighborhood is one of the most affluent in the city, with mansions along the parkways.

Population: 6,003
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 11)
Median Home Value: $190,580 (42nd best)
Median Income: $77,013 (22nd best)
More on Audubon Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 3,340
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 9)
Median Home Value: $407,775 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $90,156 (14th best)
More on East Isles: Homes For Sale | Data

How We Determined The Best Minneapolis, MN Neighborhoods In 2020

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Minneapolis, we had to determine what criteria defines a "best".

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 83 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the "Best City Neighborhood In Minneapolis." We're lookin' at you, Fulton.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best places Minneapolis, Minnesota has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Minneapolis

If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Minneapolis where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Minneapolis aren't all good. Hawthorne takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Minneapolis.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Minneapolis For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Fulton 6,092 $419,217 $128,282
2 Lynnhurst 6,191 $491,829 $138,952
3 Page 2,103 $353,800 $134,862
4 Cedar-Isles-Dean 3,385 $368,500 $86,313
5 Kingfield 7,732 $253,644 $80,677
6 Hale 3,318 $297,425 $112,757
7 Fuller Tangletown 4,428 $336,000 $109,940
8 Kenwood 1,535 $723,900 $151,512
9 Audubon Park 6,003 $190,580 $77,013
10 East Isles 3,340 $407,775 $90,156
11 Linden Hills 8,028 $401,727 $105,403
12 Diamond Lake 5,735 $219,433 $76,468
13 East Bank-Nicollet Island 1,465 $418,900 $91,500
14 St Anthony West 2,369 $249,100 $69,541
15 East Calhoun 2,443 $480,200 $75,162
16 Kenny 3,863 $260,925 $103,601
17 Lowry Hill 3,912 $436,480 $107,949
18 Standish 6,737 $187,771 $72,104
19 Calhoun 5,884 $267,733 $60,267
20 Northrup 4,592 $248,400 $75,015
21 Field 2,457 $236,367 $98,968
22 Lowry Hill East 6,381 $264,320 $51,801
23 Bryn Mawr 3,063 $290,925 $85,767
24 Waite Park 5,394 $188,400 $70,752
25 Armatage 4,528 $264,300 $98,760
26 Windom Park 4,887 $190,900 $56,200
27 East Harriet 3,454 $354,150 $84,745
28 Cooper 3,638 $218,700 $73,803
29 Hiawatha 5,730 $213,217 $68,291
30 St Anthony East 2,153 $215,500 $30,682
31 Howe 6,194 $196,967 $68,547
32 Regina 2,200 $195,067 $80,704
33 Bancroft 3,251 $195,325 $65,550
34 Keewaydin 3,660 $243,525 $87,484
35 Minnehaha 4,224 $185,160 $64,495
36 Ericsson 3,118 $210,825 $79,317
37 Sheridan 2,787 $196,367 $54,940
38 Wenonah 4,064 $188,075 $60,569
39 Downtown West 6,651 $175,400 $61,002
40 Logan Park 2,330 $203,600 $44,992
41 Morris Park 2,899 $166,950 $72,846
42 Lyndale 6,947 $192,575 $45,984
43 Victory 4,504 $164,220 $68,678
44 Downtown East 2,128 $515,300 $112,808
45 Windom 4,028 $177,780 $64,540
46 Stevens Square 3,834 $246,625 $25,698
47 Whittier 14,440 $195,527 $33,639
48 Holland 4,958 $173,000 $43,451
49 Powderhorn Park 9,505 $166,040 $49,671
50 Bottineau 1,591 $164,900 $49,236
51 Corcoran 3,913 $160,675 $58,088
52 Columbia Park 1,303 $167,100 $57,275
53 Bryant 3,032 $160,733 $65,570
54 Marcy Holmes 11,783 $168,256 $36,969
55 Central 9,193 $174,311 $46,535
56 Prospect Park 7,694 $201,450 $41,558
57 Willard Hay 9,219 $149,156 $51,003
58 Loring Park 8,675 $92,900 $38,491
59 Shingle Creek 3,210 $128,750 $62,896
60 Midtown Phillips 5,181 $163,833 $45,543
61 North Loop 5,274 $194,025 $67,354
62 Phillips West 5,324 $167,167 $22,313
63 Longfellow 5,189 $192,171 $55,627
64 Cleveland 2,963 $119,425 $50,544
65 Mckinley 3,682 $110,900 $46,118
66 Southeast Como 6,366 $108,100 $39,859
67 Marshall Terrace 1,560 $171,900 $41,845
68 East Phillips 5,151 $104,000 $37,590
69 Sumner-Glenwood 1,486 $184,700 $28,805
70 Harrison 3,491 $140,333 $36,201
71 Northeast Park 650 $179,500 $56,667
72 Cedar-Riverside 8,712 $53,800 $22,286
73 University District 6,819 $81,060 $30,890
74 Lind-Bohanon 5,532 $119,100 $43,588
75 Elliot Park 6,710 $100,260 $30,093
76 Beltrami 1,076 $155,600 $46,250
77 Seward 7,679 $137,590 $33,168
78 Ventura Village 4,730 $128,825 $19,557
79 Folwell 4,641 $100,260 $37,590
80 Jordan 8,681 $109,710 $35,021
81 Near North 7,181 $117,850 $30,544
82 Webber-Camden 5,164 $115,940 $29,941
83 Hawthorne 4,112 $111,783 $26,055

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.