These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities 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)
  2. Winona (Photos)
  3. Orono
  4. Shorewood (Photos)
  5. Edina (Photos)
  6. Minnetrista (Photos)
  7. Victoria
  8. Chanhassen (Photos)
  9. Eden Prairie (Photos)
  10. Corcoran

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 130 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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,173
Services: 112
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 110
Housing: 88
Transportation: 104
Utilities: 92
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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,727
Services: 112
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 110
Housing: 76
Transportation: 104
Utilities: 92
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 (Wabasha) III. The population was 27,592 at the 2010 census.

3. Orono


Population: 7,494
Services: 110
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 103
Housing: 277
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 93
Orono (/rno/ ORR–noh) 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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,350
Services: 110
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 103
Housing: 195
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 93

5. Edina

Edina, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 48,155
Services: 110
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 103
Housing: 189
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 93
Edina (/idan/ ( listen) 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[update].

6. Minnetrista

Minnetrista, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,367
Services: 110
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 103
Housing: 186
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 93

7. Victoria


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

8. Chanhassen

Chanhassen, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,229
Services: 110
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 103
Housing: 168
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 93
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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 60,843
Services: 110
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 103
Housing: 158
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 93
Eden Prairie is an edge city 12 miles (19 km) 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–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


Population: 5,407
Services: 110
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 103
Housing: 154
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 93
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

City Rank Population Services Groceries Health Care
Lake City 1 5,173 112 107 110
Winona 2 27,727 112 107 110
Orono 3 7,494 110 105 103
Shorewood 4 7,350 110 105 103
Edina 5 48,155 110 105 103
Minnetrista 6 6,367 110 105 103
Victoria 7 7,407 110 105 103
Chanhassen 8 23,229 110 105 103
Eden Prairie 9 60,843 110 105 103
Corcoran 10 5,407 110 105 103
Plymouth 11 70,895 110 105 103
Arden Hills 12 9,588 110 105 103
Minnetonka 13 50,151 110 105 103
Rogers 14 10,035 110 105 103
Prior Lake 15 22,946 110 105 103
Savage 16 27,143 110 105 103
Maple Grove 17 61,802 110 105 103
Oak Grove 18 8,027 110 105 103
Golden Valley 19 20,454 110 105 103
Ham Lake 20 15,277 110 105 103
Andover 21 30,648 110 105 103
Shoreview 22 25,200 110 105 103
Ramsey 23 23,612 110 105 103
East Bethel 24 11,609 110 105 103
Chaska 25 23,698 110 105 103
Bloomington 26 83,658 110 105 103
Waconia 27 10,707 110 105 103
Champlin 28 23,198 110 105 103
Burnsville 29 60,676 110 105 103
Shakopee 30 37,150 110 105 103
Hopkins 31 17,661 110 105 103
New Brighton 32 21,549 110 105 103
Otsego 33 13,506 110 105 103
Mendota Heights 34 11,140 109 105 103
Lake Elmo 35 8,013 109 105 103
Blaine 36 57,384 110 105 103
Mound 37 9,108 110 105 103
Mahtomedi 38 7,766 109 105 103
Minneapolis 39 385,023 110 105 103
Elk River 40 23,011 110 105 103
Albertville 41 6,969 110 105 103
Delano 42 5,458 110 105 103
Woodbury 43 62,158 109 105 103
Lino Lakes 44 20,276 109 105 103
New Hope 45 20,436 110 105 103
Brooklyn Park 46 75,843 110 105 103
Richfield 47 35,347 110 105 103
Lakeville 48 55,888 109 105 103
Jordan 49 5,560 110 105 103
Coon Rapids 50 61,739 110 105 103
Falcon Heights 51 5,352 109 105 103
Fridley 52 27,404 110 105 103
Mounds View 53 12,229 110 105 103
Hugo 54 13,198 109 105 103
Robbinsdale 55 14,048 110 105 103
Anoka 56 17,250 110 105 103
Eagan 57 64,538 109 105 103
Rosemount 58 21,749 109 105 103
Stillwater 59 18,229 109 105 103
Crystal 60 22,242 110 105 103
Forest Lake 61 18,390 109 105 103
Apple Valley 62 49,336 109 105 103
Spring Lake Park 63 6,445 110 105 103
Cottage Grove 64 34,635 109 105 103
Columbia Heights 65 19,549 110 105 103
Inver Grove Heights 66 33,867 109 105 103
Roseville 67 33,833 109 105 103
Isanti 68 5,228 110 105 103
Brooklyn Center 69 30,144 110 105 103
Vadnais Heights 70 12,449 109 105 103
Cambridge 71 8,088 110 105 103
White Bear Lake 72 23,797 109 105 103
Little Canada 73 9,819 109 105 103
Wyoming 74 7,746 109 105 103
Farmington 75 20,966 109 105 103
Oakdale 76 27,508 109 105 103
Maplewood 77 38,186 109 105 103
Northfield 78 19,900 109 105 103
Hermantown 79 9,418 104 114 114
Hastings 80 22,072 109 105 103
North Branch 81 10,057 109 105 103
Red Wing 82 16,444 109 105 103
Sartell 83 15,545 104 114 114
Baxter 84 7,596 104 114 114
Big Lake 85 10,029 104 114 114
Big Lake 86 10,029 104 114 114
Buffalo 87 15,379 104 114 114
Monticello 88 12,711 104 114 114
Zimmerman 89 5,168 104 114 114
Waite Park 90 6,702 104 114 114
Hutchinson 91 14,111 104 114 114
Duluth 92 86,239 104 114 114
Sauk Rapids 93 12,784 104 114 114
Alexandria 94 11,260 104 114 114
Cloquet 95 12,097 104 114 114
Litchfield 96 6,719 104 114 114
Grand Rapids 97 10,865 104 114 114
Willmar 98 19,541 104 114 114
Morris 99 5,284 104 114 114
Moorhead 100 38,091 96 101 114
Brainerd 101 13,609 104 114 114
Little Falls 102 8,344 104 114 114
East Grand Forks 103 8,502 96 101 114
Detroit Lakes 104 8,615 96 101 114
Montevideo 105 5,330 104 114 114
Virginia 106 8,718 104 114 114
Hibbing 107 16,345 104 114 114
Bemidji 108 13,485 96 101 114
Fergus Falls 109 13,220 96 101 114
New Prague 110 7,273 104 105 111
Crookston 111 7,866 96 101 114
Thief River Falls 112 8,584 96 101 114
International Falls 113 6,402 96 101 114
Belle Plaine 114 6,625 104 105 111
North Mankato 115 13,320 104 105 111
Faribault 116 23,297 104 105 111
Owatonna 117 25,489 104 105 111
Mankato 118 39,246 104 105 111
Kasson 119 5,907 104 105 111
Marshall 120 13,551 104 105 111
Glencoe 121 5,633 104 105 111
Waseca 122 9,341 104 105 111
New Ulm 123 13,435 104 105 111
Worthington 124 12,701 104 105 111
Fairmont 125 10,579 104 105 111
Redwood Falls 126 5,227 104 105 111
Rochester 127 106,903 94 93 91
Stewartville 128 5,930 94 93 91
Austin 129 24,632 94 93 91
Albert Lea 130 17,969 94 93 91

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