These Are The 10 Best St. Paul Suburbs For 2019


We analyzed over 98 places around St. Paul to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best St. Paul suburbs.

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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 2019:

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

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 2019

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 (2013-2017) 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.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 3,818
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $136,331
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
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 $136,331 a year, which is the 5th highest in the St. Paul region. And only 250.0% are out of work. Homes average more than $550,400 each.

Victoria, MN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,679
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $140,889
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
More on Victoria: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Victoria is the second best ‘burb we looked at near St. Paul for 2019.

It ranks 3rd for incomes in the area and only 0.9% of residents lack insurance, good for 2nd best.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 4,556
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Income: $118,750
Unemployment Rate: 0.9%
Poverty Rate: 0.3%
More on Elko New Market: Real Estate | Data

Here in Elko New Market, 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 Elko New Market.

North Oaks, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 4,961
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Income: $142,083
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
More on North Oaks: Real Estate | Data | Photos

North Oaks ranks as the 4th best suburb of St. Paul for 2019.

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

Rogers, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 12,564
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Income: $120,602
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 1.8%
More on Rogers: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Rogers.

Rogers gets kudos for having the 23rd most expensive homes in the St. Paul area, where houses sell for an average of $298,700. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Shorewood, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,696
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Income: $127,361
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
More on Shorewood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Shorewood 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 340.0% which is 42nd best in the area.

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

Edina, MN

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 50,603
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $96,477
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.7%
More on Edina: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Grant, MN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,140
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $110,278
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.0%
More on Grant: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Grant 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 1.4% of people lack insurance, good for 7th in the area.

Carver, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 4,470
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $109,938
Unemployment Rate: 1.3%
Poverty Rate: 0.8%
More on Carver: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is ‘Everything Better In Carver?’

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.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,920
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Income: $138,125
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Poverty Rate: 5.8%
More on Medina: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Medina.

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 2019

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 Median Income
1 Deephaven 3,818 $136,331
2 Victoria 8,679 $140,889
3 Elko New Market 4,556 $118,750
4 North Oaks 4,961 $142,083
5 Rogers 12,564 $120,602
6 Shorewood 7,696 $127,361
7 Edina 50,603 $96,477
8 Grant 4,140 $110,278
9 Carver 4,470 $109,938
10 Medina 5,920 $138,125
11 Eden Prairie 63,660 $103,426
12 Chanhassen 25,108 $116,569
13 Maple Grove 68,362 $101,859
14 Minnetrista 7,187 $148,783
15 Woodbury 67,648 $103,308
16 Lino Lakes 20,950 $107,438
17 Shoreview 26,432 $84,362
18 Mahtomedi 8,005 $95,592
19 Plymouth 76,258 $91,867
20 Mendota Heights 11,253 $107,865
21 Orono 7,887 $130,300
22 Lakeville 61,056 $102,943
23 Champlin 24,209 $89,043
24 Hugo 14,415 $88,813
25 Stillwater 19,232 $82,205
26 Andover 32,257 $105,270
27 Minnetonka 52,102 $86,672
28 Scandia 4,044 $87,171
29 Savage 30,011 $101,899
30 Afton 2,963 $109,688
31 Farmington 22,502 $88,674
32 Rosemount 23,474 $94,341
33 Prior Lake 25,452 $100,190
34 Ramsey 25,853 $92,984
35 Ham Lake 16,119 $95,962
36 St. Anthony 8,930 $67,910
37 Wayzata 4,467 $72,965
38 Vadnais Heights 13,283 $77,855
39 Circle Pines 4,967 $81,672
40 Eagan 66,102 $84,756
41 Bayport 3,688 $75,815
42 Falcon Heights 5,560 $68,654
43 Chaska 25,578 $81,938
44 Apple Valley 51,109 $85,181
45 Columbus 4,009 $84,773
46 Lake Elmo 8,621 $101,528
47 St. Louis Park 48,124 $71,346
48 Prescott 4,234 $75,391
49 Golden Valley 21,208 $87,964
50 Arden Hills 10,250 $89,831
51 Oak Grove 8,453 $97,782
52 Wyoming 7,793 $85,250
53 Hudson 13,456 $69,065
54 Mound 9,380 $82,010
55 Corcoran 5,671 $102,708
56 Centerville 3,943 $98,214
57 North Hudson 3,806 $64,320
58 Cottage Grove 35,902 $90,337
59 White Bear Lake 25,411 $66,662
60 Excelsior 2,375 $55,000
61 East Bethel 11,733 $86,893
62 Blaine 62,453 $80,423
63 Forest Lake 19,406 $74,475
64 Dayton 5,238 $87,966
65 Oak Park Heights 4,823 $57,655
66 Roseville 35,624 $67,242
67 Oakdale 27,972 $69,525
68 New Brighton 22,440 $68,775
69 Shakopee 40,024 $84,400
70 Hastings 22,620 $66,403
71 Lauderdale 2,501 $47,390
72 Bloomington 85,417 $70,512
73 Osseo 2,680 $52,569
74 Mounds View 12,872 $60,184
75 Coon Rapids 62,342 $68,586
76 Little Canada 10,321 $49,750
77 River Falls 15,256 $54,350
78 Robbinsdale 14,446 $62,891
79 Burnsville 61,302 $67,397
80 Crystal 22,910 $62,831
81 Newport 3,485 $63,445
82 Inver Grove Heights 34,976 $73,296
83 New Hope 20,909 $53,228
84 North St. Paul 12,241 $61,225
85 Hopkins 18,217 $53,027
86 Richfield 35,993 $59,844
87 Maplewood 40,127 $63,941
88 St. Paul Park 5,376 $70,231
89 Brooklyn Park 79,462 $68,274
90 Minneapolis 411,452 $55,720
91 Spring Lake Park 6,535 $57,582
92 South St. Paul 20,280 $58,026
93 West St. Paul 19,750 $52,144
94 Anoka 17,374 $50,625
95 Somerset 2,696 $61,625
96 Columbia Heights 19,823 $51,071
97 Fridley 27,573 $56,583
98 Brooklyn Center 30,885 $50,618

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