Best St. Paul Suburbs To Live For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth 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...

What's the best suburb of St. Paul? North Oaks ranks as the best suburb of St. Paul for 2020 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of North Oaks, 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.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.
Or feel free to check out some more reading about Minnesota:

The 10 Best St. Paul Suburbs To Live For 2020

North Oaks, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,068
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Median Income: $145,915
Unemployment Rate: 1.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.2%
More on North Oaks: Real Estate | Data | Photos

North Oaks is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the St. Paul area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome North Oaks."

Everyone here is rich; families average $145,915 a year, which is the 4th highest in the St. Paul region. And only 1.67% are out of work. Homes average more than $622,000 each.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 3,864
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $135,714
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.1%
More on Deephaven: Real Estate | Data

Deephaven is the second best 'burb we looked at near St. Paul for 2020.

It ranks 6th for incomes in the area and only 1.33% of residents lack insurance, good for 8th best.

Victoria, MN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,032
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $147,682
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
More on Victoria: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Minnetrista, MN

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 7,408
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 10)
Median Income: $161,392
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.0%
More on Minnetrista: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Minnetrista ranks as the 4th best suburb of St. Paul for 2020.

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

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,191
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 5)
Median Income: $144,107
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on Medina: Real Estate | Data

Coming in as the fifth best is Medina.

Medina gets kudos for having the 2nd most expensive homes in the St. Paul area, where houses sell for an average of $636,500. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Carver, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 4,629
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Median Income: $117,697
Unemployment Rate: 1.3%
Poverty Rate: 1.0%
More on Carver: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Carver 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 1.32% which is 6th best in the area.

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

Chanhassen, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 25,357
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 5)
Median Income: $118,885
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on Chanhassen: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Chanhassen.

Chanhassen 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 23.3 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Grant, MN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,138
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $114,583
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 2.4%
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 1.59% of people lack insurance, good for 11th in the area.

Edina, MN

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 51,136
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Income: $99,295
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%
More on Edina: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Edina?'

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.

Review Of Edina by HomeSnacks User

It was the best of places, it was the worst of places. Like a lot of Minnesota, it's really somewhere in the middle. And that's Edina's big problem, in a nutshell: in a state of bland, inoffensive, passive-aggressive soccer moms, it's the try-hard city that cares more about style than substance. People from Edina do not *do* much of anything; they mostly just... exist. Preferably at the salon, or artisan coffee house, or highly overpriced grocery store, or failing that in a constant state of "gotta go!" en route from one activity desperately forced on offspring to help them seem interesting and relevant after another.

Edina occupies a convenient location, equidistant from all sorts of places anyone with two clues would much rather be. It's pretty, the crime is low, the schools are doubtless ever-so-slightly above par, probably in some ever-so-slightly unethical way. There are nice parks. If you're white and drive a minivan, you'll feel right at home. The problem with Edina, you should understand, isn't Edina itself. It's the people. People from Edina. They're bland and boring and self-obsessed. Drug-addled middle-managers, trophy wives, 2.4 heavily-medicated children per couple... they're the laughing stock of the Twin Cities. People from Edina; joke and punchline, all in one. They don't even get a neat name, like Minneapolitans, or Saint Paulites, or Little Canadians. Nope. People from Edina.

Orono, MN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,015
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 11)
Median Income: $146,731
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
More on Orono: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2020 is Orono.

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.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around St. Paul for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs 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 for 2014-2018 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, North Oaks. You can download the data here.

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.

Welcome to the Best St. Paul 'Burbs of 2020

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.

For more Minnesota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best St. Paul Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 North Oaks, MN 5,068 $145,915
2 Deephaven, MN 3,864 $135,714
3 Victoria, MN 9,032 $147,682
4 Minnetrista, MN 7,408 $161,392
5 Medina, MN 6,191 $144,107
6 Carver, MN 4,629 $117,697
7 Chanhassen, MN 25,357 $118,885
8 Grant, MN 4,138 $114,583
9 Edina, MN 51,136 $99,295
10 Orono, MN 8,015 $146,731
11 Rogers, MN 12,777 $125,313
12 Elko New Market, MN 4,604 $123,750
13 Shorewood, MN 7,752 $129,483
14 Woodbury, MN 68,686 $105,393
15 Eden Prairie, MN 63,900 $106,555
16 Maple Grove, MN 69,571 $105,369
17 Lino Lakes, MN 21,150 $110,458
18 Mendota Heights, MN 11,284 $119,615
19 Lakeville, MN 62,489 $106,069
20 Shoreview, MN 26,627 $87,920
21 Farmington, MN 22,714 $92,699
22 Plymouth, MN 77,213 $100,280
23 Minnetonka, MN 52,546 $91,374
24 Hugo, MN 14,587 $89,050
25 Andover, MN 32,499 $106,337
26 Stillwater, MN 19,275 $84,104
27 St. Anthony, MN 9,027 $70,503
28 Mahtomedi, MN 8,095 $97,796
29 St. Louis Park, MN 48,423 $75,690
30 Golden Valley, MN 21,364 $93,329
31 Mound, MN 9,412 $86,432
32 Scandia, MN 4,083 $87,969
33 Ham Lake, MN 16,282 $100,292
34 North Hudson, MN 3,803 $86,857
35 Champlin, MN 24,478 $87,692
36 Vadnais Heights, MN 13,376 $87,808
37 Afton, MN 2,980 $114,375
38 Bayport, MN 3,712 $79,107
39 Savage, MN 30,615 $111,324
40 Prior Lake, MN 25,880 $103,889
41 Rosemount, MN 23,885 $99,221
42 Circle Pines, MN 4,954 $84,137
43 Wayzata, MN 4,518 $83,348
44 Eagan, MN 66,363 $88,370
45 Ramsey, MN 26,225 $96,692
46 Hudson, MN 13,650 $72,181
47 Chaska, MN 25,998 $87,018
48 Cottage Grove, MN 36,221 $95,453
49 Falcon Heights, MN 5,559 $72,660
50 Lake Elmo, MN 8,794 $115,984
51 Corcoran, MN 5,775 $113,051
52 Centerville, MN 3,962 $106,250
53 Prescott, MN 4,235 $74,226
54 Arden Hills, MN 10,290 $87,313
55 Hastings, MN 22,690 $69,404
56 Wyoming, MN 7,839 $87,462
57 Oak Grove, MN 8,582 $100,671
58 Columbus, MN 4,037 $87,951
59 Apple Valley, MN 51,931 $87,164
60 East Bethel, MN 11,808 $88,988
61 Dayton, MN 5,487 $96,500
62 White Bear Lake, MN 25,601 $70,012
63 Blaine, MN 63,319 $83,201
64 Excelsior, MN 2,448 $56,413
65 Shakopee, MN 40,418 $83,565
66 Oak Park Heights, MN 4,842 $59,167
67 Osseo, MN 2,731 $52,930
68 Forest Lake, MN 19,643 $81,603
69 Roseville, MN 35,833 $68,254
70 Oakdale, MN 28,018 $70,861
71 Coon Rapids, MN 62,376 $70,413
72 Bloomington, MN 85,394 $72,081
73 Crystal, MN 22,934 $64,544
74 River Falls, MN 15,467 $59,879
75 New Brighton, MN 22,560 $69,357
76 North St. Paul, MN 12,342 $63,110
77 Robbinsdale, MN 14,466 $65,956
78 Burnsville, MN 61,283 $70,600
79 Newport, MN 3,506 $63,341
80 Lauderdale, MN 2,514 $50,909
81 Richfield, MN 35,982 $63,434
82 Hopkins, MN 18,300 $55,025
83 Inver Grove Heights, MN 35,197 $74,883
84 St. Paul Park, MN 5,372 $72,477
85 Brooklyn Park, MN 79,792 $70,448
86 New Hope, MN 20,922 $56,610
87 Spring Lake Park, MN 6,459 $59,076
88 Mounds View, MN 12,959 $62,458
89 Little Canada, MN 10,387 $51,510
90 South St. Paul, MN 20,256 $60,588
91 Minneapolis, MN 416,021 $58,993
92 Maplewood, MN 40,387 $66,758
93 West St. Paul, MN 19,750 $54,290
94 Anoka, MN 17,419 $54,171
95 Fridley, MN 27,614 $59,770
96 Columbia Heights, MN 19,958 $54,393
97 Somerset, MN 2,740 $62,770
98 Brooklyn Center, MN 30,899 $54,786

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.