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 New Hope don’t mind us spreading the word.
Here are our top ten places in the North Star State to retire:
- New Hope
- Richfield (Photos)
- Crookston (Photos)
- South St. Paul (Photos)
- St. Paul (Photos)
- International Falls (Photos)
- Hopkins (Photos)
- Edina (Photos)
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 New Hope, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.
1. New Hope
Population: 20,819 Cost Of Living: 108
Distance to Closest Airport: 13 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,633
New Hope ranked 1st overall thanks to it’s 76th place rank for cost of living and it’s 27th place safety rank.
Population: 35,912Cost Of Living: 107
Distance to Closest Airport: 3 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,659
Richfield ranked 2nd overall thanks to it’s 72nd place rank for cost of living and it’s 66th place safety rank.
Population: 7,814Cost Of Living: 89
Distance to Closest Airport: 29 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,074
Crookston ranked 3rd overall thanks to it’s 8th place rank for cost of living and it’s 7th place safety rank.
Population: 14,382 Cost Of Living: 101
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,816
Robbinsdale ranked 4th overall thanks to it’s 45th place rank for cost of living and it’s 75th place safety rank.
5. South St. Paul
Population: 20,281Cost Of Living: 102
Distance to Closest Airport: 8 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,771
South St. Paul ranked 5th overall thanks to it’s 51st place rank for cost of living and it’s 72nd place safety rank.
Population: 22,777 Cost Of Living: 102
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,730
Crystal ranked 6th overall thanks to it’s 51st place rank for cost of living and it’s 69th place safety rank.
7. St. Paul
Population: 297,160Cost Of Living: 102
Distance to Closest Airport: 7 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,158
St. Paul ranked 7th overall thanks to it’s 51st place rank for cost of living and it’s 100th place safety rank.
8. International Falls
Population: 6,226Cost Of Living: 86
Distance to Closest Airport: 1 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,810
International Falls ranked 8th overall thanks to it’s 1st place rank for cost of living and it’s 74th place safety rank.
Population: 18,077Cost Of Living: 107
Distance to Closest Airport: 9 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,782
Hopkins ranked 9th overall thanks to it’s 72nd place rank for cost of living and it’s 73rd place safety rank.
Population: 49,976Cost Of Living: 141
Distance to Closest Airport: 6 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,832
Edina ranked 10th overall thanks to it’s 114th place rank for cost of living and it’s 34th 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 New Hope.
If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:
- Detroit Lakes
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- These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In Minnesota
Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Minnesota
|South St. Paul||5|
|North St. Paul||11|
|East Grand Forks||23|
|West St. Paul||26|
|St. Paul Park||27|
|St. Louis Park||28|
|White Bear Lake||39|
|Spring Lake Park||47|
|Inver Grove Heights||57|
|Thief River Falls||66|