Are you sick of being a city slicker?
Do you long for life in suburban Minnesota? Where you can drive your overly-large vehicle to the store for groceries, and schlep the kids around to practices and appointments without worrying about a parking space?
We do too.
Public transportation is…icky at times. When you have to call an Uber to get to urgent care on a Friday night, that gets old after a while.
So, the question is, if you wanted to move out to the suburbs of Saint Paul, where would you go? And how would you decide on the ranking factors to help you pick which Minnesota suburb was best?
No worries. We got it all figured out here.
These are the 10 best suburbs in the North Star State:
- Edina (Photos)
- Eden Prairie (Photos)
- Chanhassen (Photos)
- Waconia (Photos)
- Rogers (Photos)
- Plymouth (Photos)
- Mendota Heights
- Minnetonka (Photos)
Edina is the place to be when it comes to being a soccer mom in suburban Minnesota.
So if you’re thinking of packing up your mini van and making a move to a quiet place to live in Minnesota, we’ve got you covered.
How do you determine which suburb is the best in Minnesota anyways?
To give you the best suburbs in Minnesota, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s a ‘best city’ and what isn’t.
So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.
How we crunched the suburb numbers for the North Star State
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Minnesota, we looked at every town between 5,000 and 200,000 residents, and within 30 miles of a city that’s over 200,000 people (In other words, suburbs).
We paid particular attention to:
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Population Density (Higher is Better)
- Unemployment Rates
- Commute Time
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty Rates
We ranked each suburb in Minnesota across a number of criteria from one to 83, with one being the best.
We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the town posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title ‘Best Suburb To Live In Minnesota’.
The result is some of the safest, quiet, and awesome places to live in Minnesota
Read on to see why Edina is the ‘burb with the most, while Brooklyn Center is probably not the best place to live in Minnesota.
Median Income: $91,847
Median Home Price: $424,500
Edina is located 6 miles west of Minneapolis.
Median Income: $132,431
Median Home Price: $394,800
Victoria is located 20 miles west of Minneapolis.
3. Eden Prairie
Median Income: $101,094
Median Home Price: $319,400
Eden Prairie is located 12 miles west of Minneapolis.
Median Income: $115,449
Median Home Price: $339,800
Chanhassen is located 16 miles west of Minneapolis.
Median Income: $87,394
Median Home Price: $252,200
Waconia is located 27 miles west of Minneapolis.
Median Income: $109,023
Median Home Price: $279,600
Rogers is located 21 miles west of Minneapolis.
Median Income: $88,378
Median Home Price: $310,900
Plymouth is located 10 miles west of Minneapolis.
Median Income: $100,903
Median Home Price: $351,100
Mendota Heights is located 5 miles south of St. Paul.
Median Income: $137,692
Median Home Price: $586,600
Medina is located 15 miles west of Minneapolis.
Median Income: $83,496
Median Home Price: $301,400
Minnetonka is located 9 miles west of Minneapolis.
There You Have It – The Best Suburbs In Minnesota
Here’s a look at the worst suburbs in Minnesota according to the data:
- Brooklyn Center
- Columbia Heights
For more Minnesota reading, check out:
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Minnesota
- 10 Safest Places In Minnesota
- 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Minnesota