These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Minnesota For 2019


We analyzed over 80 places in Minnesota to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best places to retire in Minnesota.

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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 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.

Where exactly in Minnesota is the best place to retire? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data — which returns Hibbing as the best place to hang up your cleats.

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 Hibbing don’t mind us spreading the word.

Here are our top ten places in the North Star State to retire for 2019:

Why did Hibbing take the top spot? And where are Minneapolis and St. Paul?

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details or check out the best places to retire in America.

For Minnesota state reading:

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the North Star State for 2019

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 — 904 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 10,000 people that weren’t townships. This left us with 80 places from across the state.

For these 80, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 80, with the lowest number being the best.

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

Hibbing, MN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 16,230
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 7)
Median Rent: $569
Distance to Closest Airport: 52 miles
More on Hibbing: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hibbing is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 16,361 at the 2010 census. The city was built on the rich iron ore of the Mesabi Iron Range. At the edge of town is the largest open-pit iron mine in the world, the Hull-Rust-Mahoning Open Pit Iron Mine. U.S. Highway 169, State Highway 37, State Highway 73, Howard Street, and 1st Avenue are five of the main routes in Hibbing. The Range Regional Airport offers daily commercial flights between Hibbing and Minneapolis, as well as hosting many private pilots and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fire fighting aircraft.

Grand Rapids, MN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,053
Rank Last Year: 28 (Up 26)
Median Rent: $616
Distance to Closest Airport: 68 miles
More on Grand Rapids: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Grand Rapids is a city in Itasca County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 10,869 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Itasca County.

Minnetonka, MN

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 51,651
Rank Last Year: 126 (Up 123)
Median Rent: $1,216
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
More on Minnetonka: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Minnetonka is a suburban city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States, eight miles west of Minneapolis. The population was 49,734 at the 2010 census. The name comes from the Dakota Indian mni tanka, meaning “great water”. The city is the home of Cargill, the country’s largest privately owned company, and United Healthcare, the state’s largest publicly owned company.

Fairmont, MN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,311
Rank Last Year: 40 (Up 36)
Median Rent: $580
Distance to Closest Airport: 105 miles
More on Fairmont: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fairmont is a city in and the county seat of Martin County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 10,666 at the 2010 census.

Albert Lea, MN

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 17,775
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 17)
Median Rent: $621
Distance to Closest Airport: 85 miles
More on Albert Lea: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Albert Lea is a city located in Freeborn County, in the southeastern part of the State of Minnesota. It is also the county seat. The population was 18,016 at the 2010 census.

North Mankato, MN

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 13,451
Rank Last Year: 98 (Up 92)
Median Rent: $801
Distance to Closest Airport: 62 miles
More on North Mankato: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mendota Heights, MN

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 11,231
Rank Last Year: 124 (Up 117)
Median Rent: $1,097
Distance to Closest Airport: 4 miles
More on Mendota Heights: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Eagan, MN

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 65,874
Rank Last Year: 123 (Up 115)
Median Rent: $1,074
Distance to Closest Airport: 5 miles
More on Eagan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Eagan is a city in Dakota County, Minnesota, United States. The city is south of Saint Paul and lies on the south bank of the Minnesota River, upstream from the confluence with the Mississippi River. Eagan and nearby suburbs form the southern portion of Minneapolis-St. Paul. The population of Eagan was 64,206 at the 2010 census and currently ranks as Minnesota’s 11th largest city. Currently the eleventh largest Minnesota city and the sixth largest suburb in the metro area, Eagan is predominantly a commuter town of both Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

Rosemount, MN

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 23,099
Rank Last Year: 114 (Up 105)
Median Rent: $1,137
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
More on Rosemount: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Red Wing, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 16,484
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 3)
Median Rent: $754
Distance to Closest Airport: 36 miles
More on Red Wing: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Red Wing is a city in Goodhue County, Minnesota, United States, along the upper Mississippi River. The population was 16,459 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Goodhue County.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire In Minnesota Yet…

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

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

  1. St. Cloud
  2. Rogers
  3. Brooklyn Center

For more Minnesota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places To Retire In Minnesota

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Hibbing 16,230 $569
2 Grand Rapids 11,053 $616
3 Minnetonka 51,651 $1,216
4 Fairmont 10,311 $580
5 Albert Lea 17,775 $621
6 North Mankato 13,451 $801
7 Mendota Heights 11,231 $1,097
8 Eagan 65,874 $1,074
9 Rosemount 23,099 $1,137
10 Red Wing 16,484 $754
11 New Brighton 22,233 $879
12 Inver Grove Heights 34,757 $990
13 Northfield 20,405 $754
14 Chaska 25,078 $1,020
15 Fergus Falls 13,310 $599
16 Owatonna 25,580 $725
17 Bloomington 85,080 $999
18 Stillwater 19,142 $981
19 Edina 49,976 $1,280
20 Marshall 13,616 $615
21 Duluth 86,164 $752
22 Faribault 23,530 $717
23 Richfield 35,912 $898
24 Golden Valley 21,040 $1,176
25 Willmar 19,641 $661
26 New Hope 20,819 $902
27 Eden Prairie 63,206 $1,237
28 Austin 24,841 $707
29 Hutchinson 13,891 $771
30 North St. Paul 12,102 $797
31 Columbia Heights 19,689 $938
32 Alexandria 13,185 $717
33 White Bear Lake 24,992 $974
34 Crystal 22,777 $976
35 Anoka 17,325 $870
36 Cloquet 12,047 $668
37 Hastings 22,501 $830
38 Plymouth 75,105 $1,187
39 Worthington 13,036 $648
40 Lino Lakes 20,758 $1,127
41 Apple Valley 50,602 $1,119
42 Farmington 22,226 $930
43 Woodbury 66,699 $1,399
44 Roseville 35,254 $924
45 Shakopee 39,656 $1,170
46 West St. Paul 19,779 $858
47 Moorhead 41,321 $750
48 Lakeville 59,786 $1,224
49 Winona 27,372 $612
50 Champlin 23,929 $1,130
51 Rochester 111,396 $847
52 Blaine 61,210 $1,077
53 South St. Paul 20,281 $850
54 Hopkins 18,077 $961
55 North Branch 10,157 $872
56 Maple Grove 66,969 $1,374
57 Burnsville 61,158 $1,045
58 Oakdale 27,956 $1,038
59 Minneapolis 404,670 $898
60 Mounds View 12,708 $869
61 Coon Rapids 62,159 $1,066
62 Cottage Grove 35,632 $1,170
63 St. Louis Park 47,486 $1,051
64 St. Peter 11,567 $850
65 Maplewood 39,678 $1,021
66 Mankato 40,900 $790
67 Elk River 23,743 $1,009
68 Brooklyn Park 78,823 $900
69 St. Paul 297,160 $865
70 Buffalo 15,927 $911
71 Fridley 27,447 $904
72 Sartell 16,442 $885
73 Sauk Rapids 13,334 $671
74 Ramsey 25,329 $1,313
75 Forest Lake 19,208 $975
76 Brainerd 13,440 $683
77 Bemidji 14,664 $690
78 Brooklyn Center 30,785 $930
79 Rogers 12,284 $1,251
80 St. Cloud 66,770 $722

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