These Are The 10 Best Suburbs In Minnesota For 2018


We used science and data to determine the best suburbs in Minnesota for you to live.

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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:

  1. Edina (Photos)
  2. Victoria
  3. Eden Prairie (Photos)
  4. Chanhassen (Photos)
  5. Waconia (Photos)
  6. Rogers (Photos)
  7. Plymouth (Photos)
  8. Mendota Heights
  9. Medina
  10. 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.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology. Or, check out the best places to live in Minnesota and the best places to raise a family in Minnesota.

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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.

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1. Edina

Edina, Mn

Population: 49,976
Median Income: $91,847
Median Home Price: $424,500
Edina is located 6 miles west of Minneapolis.

2. Victoria


Population: 8,385
Median Income: $132,431
Median Home Price: $394,800
Victoria is located 20 miles west of Minneapolis.

3. Eden Prairie

Eden Prairie, Mn

Source: Public domain

Population: 63,206
Median Income: $101,094
Median Home Price: $319,400
Eden Prairie is located 12 miles west of Minneapolis.

4. Chanhassen

Chanhassen, Mn

Population: 24,796
Median Income: $115,449
Median Home Price: $339,800
Chanhassen is located 16 miles west of Minneapolis.

5. Waconia

Waconia, Mn

Population: 11,523
Median Income: $87,394
Median Home Price: $252,200
Waconia is located 27 miles west of Minneapolis.

6. Rogers

Rogers, Mn

Population: 12,284
Median Income: $109,023
Median Home Price: $279,600
Rogers is located 21 miles west of Minneapolis.

7. Plymouth

Plymouth, Mn

Source: Public domain

Population: 75,105
Median Income: $88,378
Median Home Price: $310,900
Plymouth is located 10 miles west of Minneapolis.

8. Mendota Heights

Mendota Heights, Mn

Population: 11,231
Median Income: $100,903
Median Home Price: $351,100
Mendota Heights is located 5 miles south of St. Paul.

9. Medina


Population: 5,633
Median Income: $137,692
Median Home Price: $586,600
Medina is located 15 miles west of Minneapolis.

10. Minnetonka

Minnetonka, Mn

Source: Public domain

Population: 51,651
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:

  1. Brooklyn Center
  2. Columbia Heights
  3. Fridley

For more Minnesota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Suburbs In Minnesota

City Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Edina 1 49,976 $91,847 $424,500
Victoria 2 8,385 $132,431 $394,800
Eden Prairie 3 63,206 $101,094 $319,400
Chanhassen 4 24,796 $115,449 $339,800
Waconia 5 11,523 $87,394 $252,200
Rogers 6 12,284 $109,023 $279,600
Plymouth 7 75,105 $88,378 $310,900
Mendota Heights 8 11,231 $100,903 $351,100
Medina 9 5,633 $137,692 $586,600
Minnetonka 10 51,651 $83,496 $301,400
Woodbury 11 66,699 $101,922 $282,700
Maple Grove 12 66,969 $96,410 $254,400
Lino Lakes 13 20,758 $105,934 $263,800
Lakeville 14 59,786 $98,864 $260,400
Minnetrista 15 6,963 $143,191 $422,400
Champlin 16 23,929 $84,042 $205,700
Falcon Heights 17 5,534 $75,167 $283,200
Orono 18 7,772 $119,393 $593,000
Shorewood 19 7,548 $123,629 $428,100
Stillwater 20 19,142 $79,293 $248,400
Farmington 21 22,226 $86,447 $213,800
Rosemount 22 23,099 $92,939 $240,300
St. Anthony 23 8,790 $64,504 $232,300
Albertville 24 7,286 $93,045 $189,600
Delano 25 5,754 $78,114 $234,300
Corcoran 26 5,572 $101,659 $305,100
Mahtomedi 27 7,964 $95,679 $298,200
Eagan 28 65,874 $82,855 $251,500
Chaska 29 25,078 $76,673 $243,700
Savage 30 29,399 $97,584 $263,300
Shoreview 31 26,161 $81,353 $238,100
Golden Valley 32 21,040 $81,919 $264,900
Ramsey 33 25,329 $88,286 $210,200
Lake Elmo 34 8,445 $96,944 $375,800
Prior Lake 35 24,997 $101,128 $286,100
St. Michael 36 17,045 $97,000 $223,100
Cottage Grove 37 35,632 $85,516 $216,500
Otsego 38 15,065 $89,556 $193,900
St. Louis Park 39 47,486 $68,451 $236,900
Apple Valley 40 50,602 $83,450 $218,100
Arden Hills 41 10,126 $91,875 $282,200
Hugo 42 14,223 $86,789 $236,200
Wyoming 43 7,785 $84,712 $201,300
Dayton 44 5,031 $78,477 $238,900
Jordan 45 5,981 $66,818 $210,500
Andover 46 31,906 $100,358 $241,800
Elk River 47 23,743 $83,585 $214,900
White Bear Lake 48 24,992 $63,916 $192,800
New Brighton 49 22,233 $66,003 $223,400
Oakdale 50 27,956 $67,991 $201,900
Vadnais Heights 51 13,115 $72,673 $206,400
Blaine 52 61,210 $79,915 $189,100
Ham Lake 53 15,878 $93,900 $268,600
Shakopee 54 39,656 $79,648 $221,500
Crystal 55 22,777 $60,494 $159,600
New Hope 56 20,819 $50,000 $194,900
Bloomington 57 85,080 $67,473 $221,900
Roseville 58 35,254 $63,022 $224,000
Mound 59 9,306 $78,920 $225,200
Hopkins 60 18,077 $51,466 $204,300
St. Francis 61 7,377 $73,211 $165,200
Hastings 62 22,501 $62,155 $182,800
Burnsville 63 61,158 $66,225 $215,300
Forest Lake 64 19,208 $73,091 $234,700
Inver Grove Heights 65 34,757 $69,893 $216,400
North St. Paul 66 12,102 $57,156 $180,200
Coon Rapids 67 62,159 $66,313 $171,200
Mounds View 68 12,708 $56,753 $168,600
Oak Grove 69 8,334 $85,446 $239,000
East Bethel 70 11,618 $90,134 $210,300
Richfield 71 35,912 $54,642 $188,100
St. Paul Park 72 5,352 $68,586 $161,300
Robbinsdale 73 14,382 $60,388 $166,600
Little Canada 74 10,202 $51,154 $203,600
South St. Paul 75 20,281 $54,777 $160,800
Spring Lake Park 76 6,519 $57,993 $160,400
Maplewood 77 39,678 $63,367 $188,400
West St. Paul 78 19,779 $51,066 $175,100
Brooklyn Park 79 78,823 $65,695 $186,400
Anoka 80 17,325 $48,850 $167,800
Fridley 81 27,447 $55,006 $166,600
Columbia Heights 82 19,689 $48,791 $155,300
Brooklyn Center 83 30,785 $46,400 $140,000

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