These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Minnesota


We analyzed over 116 places in Minnesota to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.

But not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of Minnesota.

But where exactly in Minnesota? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data.

To that end, we have tried to identify the places in Minnesota that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.

What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in Worthington don’t mind us spreading the word. Here are our top ten places in the North Star State to retire:

  1. Worthington
  2. New Hope
  3. Robbinsdale
  4. Crookston
  5. Crystal
  6. International Falls
  7. Champlin
  8. North St. Paul
  9. Shoreview
  10. Northfield

Why did Worthington take the top spot? And where are Minneapolis and St. Paul? Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.

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How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the North Star State

To create our list of the best places in Minnesota to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the North Star State with a population of at least 5,000 that aren’t townships.

This left us with 116 places from across the state.

For these 116, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (As measured by population density)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 116, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Worthington, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.

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1. Worthington

Worthington, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,920
Cost Of Living: 92
Distance to Closest Airport: 145 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,702
Worthington ranked 1 overall thanks to its 10 place rank for cost of living and 29 place safety rank.

2. New Hope


Population 2014: 20,648
Cost Of Living: 108
Distance to Closest Airport: 13 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,646
New Hope ranked 2 overall thanks to its 76 place rank for cost of living and 27 place safety rank.

3. Robbinsdale


Population 2014: 14,196
Cost Of Living: 101
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,852
Robbinsdale ranked 3 overall thanks to its 45 place rank for cost of living and 75 place safety rank.

4. Crookston

Crookston, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,899
Cost Of Living: 89
Distance to Closest Airport: 29 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,063
Crookston ranked 4 overall thanks to its 8 place rank for cost of living and 7 place safety rank.

5. Crystal


Population 2014: 22,459
Cost Of Living: 102
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,769
Crystal ranked 5 overall thanks to its 51 place rank for cost of living and 70 place safety rank.

6. International Falls

International Falls, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,329
Cost Of Living: 86
Distance to Closest Airport: 1 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,765
International Falls ranked 6 overall thanks to its 1 place rank for cost of living and 69 place safety rank.

7. Champlin

Champlin, Minnesota

Source: Flickr

Population: 23,591
Cost Of Living: 108
Distance to Closest Airport: 21 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,458
Champlin ranked 7 overall thanks to its 76 place rank for cost of living and 21 place safety rank.

8. North St. Paul

North St. Paul, Minnesota

Source: Google Maps

Population: 11,775
Cost Of Living: 103
Distance to Closest Airport: 14 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,777
North St. Paul ranked 8 overall thanks to its 57 place rank for cost of living and 72 place safety rank.

9. Shoreview

Shoreview, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,673
Cost Of Living: 117
Distance to Closest Airport: 14 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,191
Shoreview ranked 9 overall thanks to its 100 place rank for cost of living and 10 place safety rank.

10. Northfield

Northfield, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,303
Cost Of Living: 104
Distance to Closest Airport: 29 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,423
Northfield ranked 10 overall thanks to its 61 place rank for cost of living and 19 place safety rank.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Minnesota goes to Worthington.

If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  • Hermantown
  • Roseville
  • Bemidji

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Minnesota

City Rank Population Cost Of Living Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
Worthington 1 12,920 92 145 1,702
New Hope 2 20,648 108 13 1,646
Robbinsdale 3 14,196 101 11 2,852
Crookston 4 7,899 89 29 1,063
Crystal 5 22,459 102 12 2,769
International Falls 6 6,329 86 1 2,765
Champlin 7 23,591 108 21 1,458
North St. Paul 8 11,775 103 14 2,777
Shoreview 9 25,673 117 14 1,191
Northfield 10 20,303 104 29 1,423
Glencoe 11 5,575 98 46 1,327
New Prague 12 7,434 103 28 1,251
Brooklyn Center 13 30,549 99 13 4,304
St. Paul Park 14 5,327 103 11 2,421
New Brighton 15 21,899 113 12 2,548
Waseca 16 9,370 95 56 2,134
Kasson 17 6,017 99 63 1,179
St. Peter 18 11,403 98 52 1,657
Morris 19 5,324 94 138 2,178
Eden Prairie 20 62,096 127 11 1,402
Stillwater 21 18,541 115 22 1,493
North Mankato 22 13,403 97 62 2,096
Montevideo 23 5,283 88 122 3,161
Buffalo 24 15,710 102 37 2,017
Marshall 25 13,609 99 129 2,667
Minnetonka 26 50,897 130 12 1,599
Farmington 27 21,861 112 15 974
Little Canada 28 10,015 110 11 3,325
Richfield 29 35,877 107 3 2,661
Fairmont 30 10,474 92 105 3,312
St. Joseph 31 6,694 100 70 298
Lakeville 32 57,715 125 13 1,219
Golden Valley 33 20,683 121 10 2,417
White Bear Lake 34 24,398 107 16 2,815
Winona 35 27,526 95 95 352
Plymouth 36 72,868 127 15 1,527
Sauk Rapids 37 13,079 99 66 1,995
Spring Lake Park 38 6,503 102 16 4,274
Mounds View 39 12,412 105 15 3,577
Rosemount 40 22,469 115 11 961
Brooklyn Park 41 77,579 104 16 3,451
Brainerd 42 13,521 93 100 5,509
Anoka 43 17,202 101 24 3,580
Jordan 44 5,784 111 25 1,365
Fridley 45 27,494 103 14 4,935
Savage 46 28,055 116 11 2,224
Austin 47 24,760 88 84 2,629
Chaska 48 24,238 115 19 932
Isanti 49 5,396 99 42 1,426
Woodbury 50 64,544 123 14 1,879
Maple Grove 51 64,364 116 19 1,870
Fergus Falls 52 13,215 93 125 3,919
Hastings 53 22,355 105 20 2,880
Belle Plaine 54 6,794 105 32 1,354
Thief River Falls 55 8,662 88 47 3,740
Litchfield 56 6,689 96 65 2,167
Arden Hills 57 9,700 126 13 1,298
Maplewood 58 39,261 106 13 5,032
Vadnais Heights 59 12,770 113 14 2,568
Owatonna 60 25,550 99 54 2,563
New Ulm 61 13,328 94 72 2,040
South St. Paul 62 20,368 102 8 2,759
Prior Lake 63 23,956 122 15 1,644
Shakopee 64 38,613 111 14 2,136
Hutchinson 65 13,983 99 56 2,410
Oakdale 66 27,705 110 14 4,555
Faribault 67 23,460 97 40 2,936
Albert Lea 68 17,931 89 85 2,381
Rochester 69 109,252 101 70 2,222
Hibbing 70 16,330 88 52 2,088
Little Falls 71 8,291 93 93 1,917
Detroit Lakes 72 8,834 102 100 3,894
Edina 73 48,940 141 6 1,871
Eagan 74 65,053 116 5 1,846
Mankato 75 39,871 98 61 3,852
Cottage Grove 76 35,169 111 15 1,973
Ramsey 77 24,441 107 28 1,485
St. Paul 78 291,728 102 7 4,235
Wyoming 79 7,764 105 33 1,365
Blaine 80 59,295 106 19 3,177
St. Francis 81 7,297 101 36 2,000
Hopkins 82 17,909 107 9 2,808
Sartell 83 16,123 102 70 2,170
St. Cloud 84 66,038 93 64 4,196
Falcon Heights 85 5,439 121 7 1,985
Rogers 86 11,747 118 130 2,468
Alexandria 87 11,465 102 125 4,055
Apple Valley 88 49,911 113 9 2,171
West St. Paul 89 19,690 104 6 5,652
East Grand Forks 90 8,621 99 7 2,598
Minneapolis 91 394,424 108 6 5,886
Elk River 92 23,346 106 35 2,115
Corcoran 93 5,482 125 23 1,185
Red Wing 94 16,502 97 36 3,302
Cloquet 95 12,064 98 16 4,302
Baxter 96 7,710 104 105 5,149
St. Louis Park 97 46,466 114 8 2,946
Bloomington 98 85,136 111 5 3,945
Minnetrista 99 6,661 149 24 1,050
Duluth 100 86,239 98 5 4,590
Willmar 101 19,626 96 91 3,087
North Branch 102 10,099 99 45 2,772
Rogers 103 11,747 118 27 2,468
Redwood Falls 104 5,174 88 95 3,073
Burnsville 105 61,059 113 8 2,898
Virginia 106 8,671 88 49 6,562
Cambridge 107 8,223 98 46 5,107
Mendota Heights 108 11,131 134 4 2,030
Inver Grove Heights 109 34,258 110 8 2,183
Grand Rapids 110 10,950 97 68 3,753
Forest Lake 111 18,933 111 28 2,883
Orono 112 7,690 185 18 2,457
Waite Park 113 7,391 95 66 9,633
Bemidji 114 14,319 93 87 8,638
Roseville 115 34,554 113 9 5,495
Hermantown 116 9,588 111 3 2,920

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