These Are The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Minnesota For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Minnesota that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Minnesota does this very well. Families love the North Star State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in Minnesota that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state.

After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Minnesota for 2018:

  1. Lake City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Winona (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Orono (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Shorewood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Edina (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Minnetrista (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Victoria (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Chanhassen (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Eden Prairie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Corcoran (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So hopefully Albert Lea (the cheapest place to live in Minnesota) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out the best places to live in Minnesota or the cheapest.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The North Star State For 2018

There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Minnesota to figure out which is the most expensive.

What you are left with is a ‘Cost of Living Index’ that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 129 places in Minnesota that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

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1. Lake City

Lake City, Minnesota

Population: 5,173
Services: 112
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 110
Housing: 88
Transportation: 104
Utilities: 92
More on Lake City: Homes For Sale | Data
Lake City is a city in Goodhue and Wabasha counties in the U.S. state of Minnesota. It lies along Lake Pepin, a wide portion of the Mississippi River. The population was 5,063 at the 2010 census. Most of Lake City is located within Wabasha County with only a small portion in Goodhue County.

2. Winona

Winona, Minnesota

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Population: 27,727
Services: 112
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 110
Housing: 76
Transportation: 104
Utilities: 92
More on Winona: Homes For Sale | Data
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. Located in picturesque bluff country on the Mississippi River, its most noticeable physical landmark is Sugar Loaf. The city is named after legendary figure Winona, said to have been the first-born daughter of Chief Wapasha III. The population was 27,592 at the 2010 census.

3. Orono

Orono, Minnesota

Population: 7,494
Services: 110
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 103
Housing: 277
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 93
More on Orono: Homes For Sale | Data
Orono is a city on the northern shores of Lake Minnetonka in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 7,437 at the 2010 census.

4. Shorewood

Shorewood, Minnesota

Population: 7,350
Services: 110
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 103
Housing: 195
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 93
More on Shorewood: Homes For Sale | Data

5. Edina

Edina, Minnesota

Population: 48,155
Services: 110
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 103
Housing: 189
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 93
More on Edina: Homes For Sale | Data
Edina ee-DY-n), officially known as the City of Edina, is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States, and a suburb situated immediately southwest of Minneapolis. Edina began as a small farming and milling community in the 1860s. The population was 47,941, as of 2010.

6. Minnetrista

Minnetrista, Minnesota

Population: 6,367
Services: 110
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 103
Housing: 186
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 93
More on Minnetrista: Homes For Sale | Data

7. Victoria

Victoria, Minnesota

Population: 7,407
Services: 110
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 103
Housing: 175
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 93
More on Victoria: Homes For Sale | Data
Victoria is a city in Carver County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 7,345 at the 2010 census.

8. Chanhassen

Chanhassen, Minnesota

Population: 23,229
Services: 110
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 103
Housing: 168
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 93
More on Chanhassen: Homes For Sale | Data
Chanhassen is a city in Carver and Hennepin counties in the state of Minnesota. It is southwest of Minneapolis. The population was 22,952 at the 2010 census.

9. Eden Prairie

Eden Prairie, Minnesota

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Population: 60,843
Services: 110
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 103
Housing: 158
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 93
More on Eden Prairie: Homes For Sale | Data
Eden Prairie is an edge city 12 miles southwest of downtown Minneapolis in Hennepin County, and the 12th-largest city in the State of Minnesota. It is on the north bank of the Minnesota River, upstream from its confluence with the Mississippi River. Eden Prairie and nearby suburbs form the southwest portion of Minneapolis√ā-Saint Paul, the 15th-largest metropolitan area in the United States, with about 3.6 million residents. Eden Prairie had a population of 60,797 at the 2010 census, which made it the 7th-largest suburb in the Twin Cities and the 12th-largest city in Minnesota.

10. Corcoran

Corcoran, Minnesota

Population: 5,407
Services: 110
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 103
Housing: 154
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 93
More on Corcoran: Homes For Sale | Data
Corcoran is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 5,379 at the 2010 census.

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in Minnesota that have the highest cost of living, with Lake City ranking as the most expensive city in the North Star State.

If you’re curious, here are the least expensive cities in Minnesota:

  1. Albert Lea
  2. Austin
  3. Stewartville

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Minnesota

Rank City Population Services Groceries Health Care
1 Lake City 5,173 112 107 110
2 Winona 27,727 112 107 110
3 Orono 7,494 110 105 103
4 Shorewood 7,350 110 105 103
5 Edina 48,155 110 105 103
6 Minnetrista 6,367 110 105 103
7 Victoria 7,407 110 105 103
8 Chanhassen 23,229 110 105 103
9 Eden Prairie 60,843 110 105 103
10 Corcoran 5,407 110 105 103
11 Plymouth 70,895 110 105 103
12 Arden Hills 9,588 110 105 103
13 Minnetonka 50,151 110 105 103
14 Rogers 10,035 110 105 103
15 Prior Lake 22,946 110 105 103
16 Savage 27,143 110 105 103
17 Maple Grove 61,802 110 105 103
18 Oak Grove 8,027 110 105 103
19 Golden Valley 20,454 110 105 103
20 Ham Lake 15,277 110 105 103
21 Andover 30,648 110 105 103
22 Shoreview 25,200 110 105 103
23 Ramsey 23,612 110 105 103
24 East Bethel 11,609 110 105 103
25 Chaska 23,698 110 105 103
26 Bloomington 83,658 110 105 103
27 Waconia 10,707 110 105 103
28 Champlin 23,198 110 105 103
29 Burnsville 60,676 110 105 103
30 Shakopee 37,150 110 105 103
31 Hopkins 17,661 110 105 103
32 New Brighton 21,549 110 105 103
33 Otsego 13,506 110 105 103
34 Mendota Heights 11,140 109 105 103
35 Lake Elmo 8,013 109 105 103
36 Blaine 57,384 110 105 103
37 Mound 9,108 110 105 103
38 Mahtomedi 7,766 109 105 103
39 Minneapolis 385,023 110 105 103
40 Elk River 23,011 110 105 103
41 Albertville 6,969 110 105 103
42 Delano 5,458 110 105 103
43 Woodbury 62,158 109 105 103
44 Lino Lakes 20,276 109 105 103
45 New Hope 20,436 110 105 103
46 Brooklyn Park 75,843 110 105 103
47 Richfield 35,347 110 105 103
48 Lakeville 55,888 109 105 103
49 Jordan 5,560 110 105 103
50 Coon Rapids 61,739 110 105 103
51 Falcon Heights 5,352 109 105 103
52 Fridley 27,404 110 105 103
53 Mounds View 12,229 110 105 103
54 Hugo 13,198 109 105 103
55 Robbinsdale 14,048 110 105 103
56 Anoka 17,250 110 105 103
57 Eagan 64,538 109 105 103
58 Rosemount 21,749 109 105 103
59 Stillwater 18,229 109 105 103
60 Crystal 22,242 110 105 103
61 Forest Lake 18,390 109 105 103
62 Spring Lake Park 6,445 110 105 103
63 Apple Valley 49,336 109 105 103
64 Cottage Grove 34,635 109 105 103
65 Columbia Heights 19,549 110 105 103
66 Inver Grove Heights 33,867 109 105 103
67 Roseville 33,833 109 105 103
68 Isanti 5,228 110 105 103
69 Brooklyn Center 30,144 110 105 103
70 Vadnais Heights 12,449 109 105 103
71 Cambridge 8,088 110 105 103
72 White Bear Lake 23,797 109 105 103
73 Wyoming 7,746 109 105 103
74 Farmington 20,966 109 105 103
75 Little Canada 9,819 109 105 103
76 Oakdale 27,508 109 105 103
77 Maplewood 38,186 109 105 103
78 Northfield 19,900 109 105 103
79 Hermantown 9,418 104 114 114
80 Hastings 22,072 109 105 103
81 North Branch 10,057 109 105 103
82 Red Wing 16,444 109 105 103
83 Sartell 15,545 104 114 114
84 Baxter 7,596 104 114 114
85 Big Lake 10,029 104 114 114
86 Buffalo 15,379 104 114 114
87 Monticello 12,711 104 114 114
88 Zimmerman 5,168 104 114 114
89 Waite Park 6,702 104 114 114
90 Hutchinson 14,111 104 114 114
91 Duluth 86,239 104 114 114
92 Sauk Rapids 12,784 104 114 114
93 Alexandria 11,260 104 114 114
94 Cloquet 12,097 104 114 114
95 Litchfield 6,719 104 114 114
96 Grand Rapids 10,865 104 114 114
97 Willmar 19,541 104 114 114
98 Morris 5,284 104 114 114
99 Moorhead 38,091 96 101 114
100 Brainerd 13,609 104 114 114
101 Little Falls 8,344 104 114 114
102 East Grand Forks 8,502 96 101 114
103 Detroit Lakes 8,615 96 101 114
104 Montevideo 5,330 104 114 114
105 Virginia 8,718 104 114 114
106 Hibbing 16,345 104 114 114
107 Bemidji 13,485 96 101 114
108 Fergus Falls 13,220 96 101 114
109 New Prague 7,273 104 105 111
110 Crookston 7,866 96 101 114
111 Thief River Falls 8,584 96 101 114
112 International Falls 6,402 96 101 114
113 Belle Plaine 6,625 104 105 111
114 North Mankato 13,320 104 105 111
115 Faribault 23,297 104 105 111
116 Owatonna 25,489 104 105 111
117 Mankato 39,246 104 105 111
118 Kasson 5,907 104 105 111
119 Marshall 13,551 104 105 111
120 Glencoe 5,633 104 105 111
121 Waseca 9,341 104 105 111
122 New Ulm 13,435 104 105 111
123 Worthington 12,701 104 105 111
124 Fairmont 10,579 104 105 111
125 Redwood Falls 5,227 104 105 111
126 Rochester 106,903 94 93 91
127 Stewartville 5,930 94 93 91
128 Austin 24,632 94 93 91
129 Albert Lea 17,969 94 93 91

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