These Are The 10 Best St. Paul Suburbs For 2018


We analyzed over 98 places around St. Paul to identify the most kickass place to live.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of St. Paul are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

Here are the 10 best suburbs around St. Paul for 2018:

  1. Deephaven (Homes)
  2. North Oaks (Photos | Homes)
  3. Victoria (Photos | Homes)
  4. Shorewood (Photos | Homes)
  5. Elko New Market (Homes)
  6. Rogers (Photos | Homes)
  7. Edina (Photos | Homes)
  8. Carver (Photos | Homes)
  9. Grant (Homes)
  10. Chanhassen (Photos | Homes)

If you happen to be a resident of Deephaven, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 St. Paul ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around St. Paul for 2018

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around St. Paul was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data (2012-2016) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of St. Paul.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 98 suburbs to evaluate around St. Paul.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 98 in each category, where 1 was the ‘best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the ‘Best Suburb near St. Paul.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Deephaven.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

1. Deephaven


Population: 3,786
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Median Home Price: $537,600
Median Income: $123,152
More on Deephaven: Real Estate | Data
Deephaven is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the St. Paul area. We’ll tell you the good about ‘Awesome Deephaven.’

Everyone here is rich; families average $123,152 a year, which is the 6th highest in the St. Paul region. And only 2.3% are out of work. Homes average more than $537,600 each.

2. North Oaks

North Oaks, Minnesota

Population: 4,832
Unemployment Rate: 1.4%
Median Home Price: $531,800
Median Income: $149,507
More on North Oaks: Real Estate | Data
North Oaks is the second best ‘burb we looked at near St. Paul for 2018.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 2.5% of residents lack insurance, good for 14th best.

3. Victoria

Victoria, Minnesota

Population: 8,385
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Median Home Price: $394,800
Median Income: $132,431
More on Victoria: Real Estate | Data
Here in Victoria, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the St. Paul metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Victoria.

4. Shorewood

Shorewood, Minnesota

Population: 7,548
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Median Home Price: $428,100
Median Income: $123,629
More on Shorewood: Real Estate | Data
Shorewood ranks as the 4th best suburb of St. Paul for 2018.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Shorewood and the schools are some of the best around.

5. Elko New Market


Population: 4,472
Unemployment Rate: 1.6%
Median Home Price: $268,200
Median Income: $113,583
More on Elko New Market: Real Estate | Data
Coming in as the fifth best is Elko New Market.

Elko New Market gets kudos for having the 29th most expensive homes in the St. Paul area, where houses sell for an average of $268,200. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. Rogers

Rogers, Minnesota

Population: 12,284
Unemployment Rate: 1.7%
Median Home Price: $279,600
Median Income: $109,023
More on Rogers: Real Estate | Data
Rogers is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here’s why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 1.7% which is 5th best in the area.

According to online reports, Rogers is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the St. Paul area, meaning you need to get in soon.

7. Edina

Edina, Minnesota

Population: 49,976
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Median Home Price: $424,500
Median Income: $91,847
More on Edina: Real Estate | Data
The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Edina.

Edina schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it’s only 13.1 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

8. Carver

Carver, Minnesota

Population: 4,328
Unemployment Rate: 1.4%
Median Home Price: $298,700
Median Income: $116,954
More on Carver: Real Estate | Data
Carver is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 0.6% of people lack insurance, good for 1st in the area.

9. Grant


Population: 4,134
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Median Home Price: $426,200
Median Income: $108,940
More on Grant: Real Estate | Data
Is ‘Everything Better In Grant?’

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it’s really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

10. Chanhassen

Chanhassen, Minnesota

Population: 24,796
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Median Home Price: $339,800
Median Income: $115,449
More on Chanhassen: Real Estate | Data
And rounding out the top ten for 2018 is Chanhassen.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It’s far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Welcome to the Best St. Paul ‘Burbs of 2018

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like St. Paul, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

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Detailed List Of The Best St. Paul Suburbs

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 Deephaven 3,786 2.3% $537,600 $123,152
2 North Oaks 4,832 1.4% $531,800 $149,507
3 Victoria 8,385 2.1% $394,800 $132,431
4 Shorewood 7,548 2.9% $428,100 $123,629
5 Elko New Market 4,472 1.6% $268,200 $113,583
6 Rogers 12,284 1.7% $279,600 $109,023
7 Edina 49,976 3.6% $424,500 $91,847
8 Carver 4,328 1.4% $298,700 $116,954
9 Grant 4,134 3.7% $426,200 $108,940
10 Chanhassen 24,796 3.1% $339,800 $115,449
11 Eden Prairie 63,206 3.2% $319,400 $101,094
12 Medina 5,633 2.2% $586,600 $137,692
13 Maple Grove 66,969 3.6% $254,400 $96,410
14 Woodbury 66,699 4.0% $282,700 $101,922
15 Mendota Heights 11,231 4.3% $351,100 $100,903
16 Afton 2,951 3.6% $411,200 $100,764
17 Plymouth 75,105 3.0% $310,900 $88,378
18 Minnetrista 6,963 2.2% $422,400 $143,191
19 Shoreview 26,161 2.8% $238,100 $81,353
20 Champlin 23,929 3.4% $205,700 $84,042
21 Orono 7,772 4.9% $593,000 $119,393
22 Mahtomedi 7,964 3.9% $298,200 $95,679
23 Lakeville 59,786 2.9% $260,400 $98,864
24 Lino Lakes 20,758 4.0% $263,800 $105,934
25 Minnetonka 51,651 4.1% $301,400 $83,496
26 Stillwater 19,142 3.4% $248,400 $79,293
27 Andover 31,906 3.7% $241,800 $100,358
28 Wayzata 4,296 3.3% $485,700 $69,854
29 Savage 29,399 3.3% $263,300 $97,584
30 Prior Lake 24,997 3.7% $286,100 $101,128
31 Hugo 14,223 2.4% $236,200 $86,789
32 Lake Elmo 8,445 3.1% $375,800 $96,944
33 Farmington 22,226 2.4% $213,800 $86,447
34 St. Anthony 8,790 3.2% $232,300 $64,504
35 Rosemount 23,099 4.0% $240,300 $92,939
36 Circle Pines 4,947 1.8% $174,500 $73,352
37 Ramsey 25,329 3.6% $210,200 $88,286
38 Centerville 3,907 2.8% $221,600 $89,118
39 Prescott 4,217 2.1% $183,500 $74,875
40 Ham Lake 15,878 4.9% $268,600 $93,900
41 Scandia 4,029 4.5% $323,000 $85,417
42 Falcon Heights 5,534 4.7% $283,200 $75,167
43 Arden Hills 10,126 7.1% $282,200 $91,875
44 Eagan 65,874 4.4% $251,500 $82,855
45 Apple Valley 50,602 3.7% $218,100 $83,450
46 Corcoran 5,572 4.0% $305,100 $101,659
47 Chaska 25,078 2.5% $243,700 $76,673
48 Hudson 13,367 3.6% $225,900 $65,182
49 St. Louis Park 47,486 4.1% $236,900 $68,451
50 Mound 9,306 4.5% $225,200 $78,920
51 Golden Valley 21,040 5.4% $264,900 $81,919
52 Vadnais Heights 13,115 3.1% $206,400 $72,673
53 Wyoming 7,785 5.0% $201,300 $84,712
54 North Hudson 3,810 2.6% $206,300 $63,125
55 Columbus 3,980 5.1% $241,800 $77,727
56 Cottage Grove 35,632 4.3% $216,500 $85,516
57 Oak Park Heights 4,790 0.9% $225,800 $51,726
58 White Bear Lake 24,992 3.9% $192,800 $63,916
59 Blaine 61,210 4.2% $189,100 $79,915
60 Oakdale 27,956 4.1% $201,900 $67,991
61 Oak Grove 8,334 3.8% $239,000 $85,446
62 East Bethel 11,618 4.2% $210,300 $90,134
63 Excelsior 2,510 4.5% $443,000 $45,915
64 Forest Lake 19,208 4.2% $234,700 $73,091
65 New Brighton 22,233 4.7% $223,400 $66,003
66 Dayton 5,031 4.2% $238,900 $78,477
67 Roseville 35,254 4.2% $224,000 $63,022
68 Bloomington 85,080 4.3% $221,900 $67,473
69 Osseo 2,612 5.1% $164,300 $49,728
70 Bayport 3,604 7.0% $198,600 $69,345
71 Shakopee 39,656 5.3% $221,500 $79,648
72 Burnsville 61,158 5.0% $215,300 $66,225
73 River Falls 15,152 2.6% $174,600 $52,598
74 Hastings 22,501 4.9% $182,800 $62,155
75 Crystal 22,777 4.1% $159,600 $60,494
76 Hopkins 18,077 4.6% $204,300 $51,466
77 Coon Rapids 62,159 5.4% $171,200 $66,313
78 Robbinsdale 14,382 5.5% $166,600 $60,388
79 New Hope 20,819 4.6% $194,900 $50,000
80 Little Canada 10,202 5.1% $203,600 $51,154
81 Inver Grove Heights 34,757 5.5% $216,400 $69,893
82 Lauderdale 2,472 3.5% $172,200 $44,345
83 Maplewood 39,678 6.2% $188,400 $63,367
84 St. Paul Park 5,352 5.7% $161,300 $68,586
85 Mounds View 12,708 5.5% $168,600 $56,753
86 North St. Paul 12,102 9.0% $180,200 $57,156
87 Brooklyn Park 78,823 5.7% $186,400 $65,695
88 Richfield 35,912 5.5% $188,100 $54,642
89 Spring Lake Park 6,519 7.3% $160,400 $57,993
90 Minneapolis 404,670 6.9% $212,800 $52,611
91 Newport 3,459 4.1% $180,100 $61,339
92 West St. Paul 19,779 8.6% $175,100 $51,066
93 South St. Paul 20,281 6.3% $160,800 $54,777
94 Fridley 27,447 5.8% $166,600 $55,006
95 Anoka 17,325 6.2% $167,800 $48,850
96 Somerset 2,686 5.1% $140,600 $61,190
97 Columbia Heights 19,689 8.7% $155,300 $48,791
98 Brooklyn Center 30,785 6.3% $140,000 $46,400

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