Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Minneapolis, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.
Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Minneapolis neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?
Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Minneapolis are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.
Here are the best neighborhoods in Minneapolis for 2018:
- Lynnhurst (Homes)
- Fulton (Homes)
- East Bank-Nicollet Island (Homes)
- Fuller Tangletown (Homes)
- Page (Homes)
- Downtown East (Homes)
- Kenwood (Homes)
- West Calhoun (Homes)
- Field (Homes)
- Linden Hills (Homes)
Read on to see how we determined the places around Minneapolis that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Minneapolis.
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How do you determine the top neighborhoods in Minneapolis for 2018?
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 limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.
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, Lynnhurst.
Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Minneapolis has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.
Median Income: $128,717
Median Home Value: $490,300
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.
More on Lynnhurst: Real Estate | Data
Median Income: $110,994
Median Home Value: $370,417
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.
More on Fulton: Real Estate | Data
3. East Bank-Nicollet Island
Median Income: $89,583
Median Home Value: $407,500
Nicollet Island/East Bank is a neighborhood in Minneapolis, Minnesota, situated just across the Mississippi River from Downtown, one of six in the University community. It comprises Nicollet Island and the portion of the eastern riverbank located between Central Avenue and the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad line. The ‘East Bank’ portion of the neighborhood is commonly referred to as a part of Northeast or Old St. Anthony, as this area was the location of the town of St. Anthony, which was annexed by Minneapolis in 1872.
More on East Bank-Nicollet Island: Real Estate | Data
4. Fuller Tangletown
Median Income: $106,475
Median Home Value: $339,320
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.
More on Fuller Tangletown: Real Estate | Data
Median Income: $132,458
Median Home Value: $341,300
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.
More on Page: Real Estate | Data
6. Downtown East
Median Income: $93,472
Median Home Value: $400,000
Downtown East is an official neighborhood in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States part of the larger Central community. Its boundaries are the Mississippi River to the north, Interstate 35W to the east, 5th Street South to the south, and Portland Avenue to the west. It is bounded by the Downtown West, Elliot Park, and Cedar-Riverside neighborhoods. The Marcy-Holmes neighborhood is on the other side of the river, but there is no direct automobile connection between the two neighborhoods. There is a pedestrian and bicycle connection via the Stone Arch Bridge. Downtown East was home to the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, where the Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Vikings, and Minnesota Gophers have all played home games. As of 2009, the Minnesota Golden Gophers moved into the new TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota Campus. Additionally, the Minnesota Twins moved into new Target Field at the start of the 2010 season. In 2016, U.S. Bank Stadium opened on the Metrodome’s former site.
More on Downtown East: Real Estate | Data
Median Income: $138,015
Median Home Value: $664,600
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.
More on Kenwood: Real Estate | Data
8. West Calhoun
Median Income: $77,292
Median Home Value: $460,500
West Calhoun is a neighborhood in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is the southwesternmost neighborhood of the Calhoun Isles community, an affluent region in the western part of the city. West Calhoun is bordered on the east by East Calhoun, or ‘ECCO’, the north by Cedar-Isles-Dean, the south by Linden Hills and the west by the city of St. Louis Park. Its boundaries are Lake Street to the north, Lake Calhoun to the east, 36th Street to the south, and France Avenue to the west.
More on West Calhoun: Real Estate | Data
Median Income: $95,869
Median Home Value: $233,467
Field is a neighborhood in the Nokomis community in south Minneapolis. It is bordered by 46th Street East on the north, Chicago Avenue on the east, Minnehaha Parkway on the south, and Interstate 35W on the west. Field shares a neighborhood organization with the Regina and Northrop neighborhoods.
More on Field: Real Estate | Data
10. Linden Hills
Median Income: $99,028
Median Home Value: $392,300
Linden Hills is a neighborhood in the Southwest community of Minneapolis. It is bordered to the north by Lake Calhoun and West 36th Street, to the east by Lake Harriet and William Berry Parkway, to the south by West 47th Street, and to the west by France Avenue.
More on Linden Hills: Real Estate | Data
Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Minneapolis
If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Minneapolis where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Minneapolis:
- East Phillips
- University District
- Midtown Phillips
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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Minneapolis
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|37||St Anthony West||2,371|
|38||Lowry Hill East||6,364|
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