These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In Minnesota


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:

  1. Orono (Photos)
  2. Shorewood (Photos)
  3. Edina (Photos)
  4. Minnetrista (Photos)
  5. Victoria (Photos)
  6. Chanhassen (Photos)
  7. Lake Elmo (Photos)
  8. Mendota Heights
  9. Eden Prairie (Photos)
  10. Corcoran (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Albert Lea is the most affordable city in Minnesota.

Read on to see why these places cost so much more than average. Or check out the most affordable places in Minnesota.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Cities In Minnesota

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.

For reference, the United State averages a cost of living 100. A score below 100 means that the city has a below average cost of living while a score over 100 has a high cost of living for that category.

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.

The city with the highest cost of living index, Orono, rank as being the most expensive.

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1. Orono

Orono, Minnesota

Source: Flickr

Population: 7,690
Services Index: 110
Groceries Index: 105
Housing Index: 277
Healthcare Index: 103
Transportation Index: 101
Utilities Index: 93

2. Shorewood

Shorewood, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,438
Services Index: 110
Groceries Index: 105
Housing Index: 195
Healthcare Index: 103
Transportation Index: 101
Utilities Index: 93

3. Edina

Edina, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 48,940
Services Index: 110
Groceries Index: 105
Housing Index: 189
Healthcare Index: 103
Transportation Index: 101
Utilities Index: 93

4. Minnetrista

Minnetrista, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,661
Services Index: 110
Groceries Index: 105
Housing Index: 186
Healthcare Index: 103
Transportation Index: 101
Utilities Index: 93

5. Victoria

Victoria, Minnesota

Source: Flickr

Population: 7,845
Services Index: 110
Groceries Index: 105
Housing Index: 175
Healthcare Index: 103
Transportation Index: 101
Utilities Index: 93

6. Chanhassen

Chanhassen, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,003
Services Index: 110
Groceries Index: 105
Housing Index: 168
Healthcare Index: 103
Transportation Index: 101
Utilities Index: 93

7. Lake Elmo

Lake Elmo, Minnesota

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,123
Services Index: 109
Groceries Index: 105
Housing Index: 171
Healthcare Index: 103
Transportation Index: 102
Utilities Index: 91

8. Mendota Heights

Source: Google Maps

Population: 11,131
Services Index: 109
Groceries Index: 105
Housing Index: 171
Healthcare Index: 103
Transportation Index: 102
Utilities Index: 91

9. Eden Prairie

Eden Prairie, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 62,096
Services Index: 110
Groceries Index: 105
Housing Index: 158
Healthcare Index: 103
Transportation Index: 101
Utilities Index: 93

10. Corcoran

Corcoran, Minnesota

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,482
Services Index: 110
Groceries Index: 105
Housing Index: 154
Healthcare Index: 103
Transportation Index: 101
Utilities Index: 93

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

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

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

  1. Albert Lea
  2. Austin
  3. International Falls

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Minnesota

City Rank Population Services Groceries Healthcare Housing Transportation Utilities
Orono 1 7,690 110 105 103 277 101 93
Shorewood 2 7,438 110 105 103 195 101 93
Edina 3 48,940 110 105 103 189 101 93
Minnetrista 4 6,661 110 105 103 186 101 93
Victoria 5 7,845 110 105 103 175 101 93
Chanhassen 6 24,003 110 105 103 168 101 93
Lake Elmo 7 8,123 109 105 103 171 102 91
Mendota Heights 8 11,131 109 105 103 171 102 91
Eden Prairie 9 62,096 110 105 103 158 101 93
Corcoran 10 5,482 110 105 103 154 101 93
Mahtomedi 11 7,923 109 105 103 160 102 91
Plymouth 12 72,868 110 105 103 152 101 93
Arden Hills 13 9,700 110 105 103 150 101 93
Minnetonka 14 50,897 110 105 103 149 101 93
Rogers 15 11,747 110 105 103 147 101 93
Savage 16 28,055 110 105 103 142 101 93
Prior Lake 17 23,956 110 105 103 142 101 93
Woodbury 18 64,544 109 105 103 146 102 91
Oak Grove 19 8,145 110 105 103 137 101 93
Maple Grove 20 64,364 110 105 103 137 101 93
Lino Lakes 21 20,671 109 105 103 141 102 91
Golden Valley 22 20,683 110 105 103 135 101 93
Ham Lake 23 15,565 110 105 103 135 101 93
Andover 24 31,271 110 105 103 133 101 93
Lakeville 25 57,715 109 105 103 135 102 91
Falcon Heights 26 5,439 109 105 103 134 102 91
Ramsey 27 24,441 110 105 103 130 101 93
Shoreview 28 25,673 110 105 103 130 101 93
Hugo 29 13,850 109 105 103 132 102 91
East Bethel 30 11,614 110 105 103 127 101 93
Stillwater 31 18,541 109 105 103 128 102 91
Chaska 32 24,238 110 105 103 125 101 93
Eagan 33 65,053 109 105 103 128 102 91
Rosemount 34 22,469 109 105 103 128 102 91
Forest Lake 35 18,933 109 105 103 125 102 91
Bloomington 36 85,136 110 105 103 119 101 93
Apple Valley 37 49,911 109 105 103 124 102 91
Waconia 38 11,230 110 105 103 118 101 93
Cottage Grove 39 35,169 109 105 103 122 102 91
Champlin 40 23,591 110 105 103 118 101 93
Burnsville 41 61,059 110 105 103 117 101 93
Shakopee 42 38,613 110 105 103 116 101 93
Inver Grove Heights 43 34,258 109 105 103 118 102 91
Roseville 44 34,554 109 105 103 118 102 91
Otsego 45 14,257 110 105 103 114 101 93
New Brighton 46 21,899 110 105 103 114 101 93
Hopkins 47 17,909 110 105 103 114 101 93
Mound 48 9,205 110 105 103 113 101 93
Vadnais Heights 49 12,770 109 105 103 115 102 91
Blaine 50 59,295 110 105 103 113 101 93
Hermantown 51 9,588 104 114 114 115 92 89
Minneapolis 52 394,424 110 105 103 111 101 93
White Bear Lake 53 24,398 109 105 103 112 102 91
Elk River 54 23,346 110 105 103 110 101 93
Delano 55 5,598 110 105 103 109 101 93
Albertville 56 7,159 110 105 103 109 101 93
Little Canada 57 10,015 109 105 103 110 102 91
Farmington 58 21,861 109 105 103 110 102 91
Wyoming 59 7,764 109 105 103 110 102 91
Oakdale 60 27,705 109 105 103 109 102 91
New Hope 61 20,648 110 105 103 106 101 93
Brooklyn Park 62 77,579 110 105 103 106 101 93
Maplewood 63 39,261 109 105 103 108 102 91
Richfield 64 35,877 110 105 103 105 101 93
Coon Rapids 65 61,809 110 105 103 103 101 93
Jordan 66 5,784 110 105 103 103 101 93
Northfield 67 20,303 109 105 103 106 102 91
Mounds View 68 12,412 110 105 103 102 101 93
Fridley 69 27,494 110 105 103 102 101 93
Robbinsdale 70 14,196 110 105 103 101 101 93
Anoka 71 17,202 110 105 103 98 101 93
New Prague 72 7,434 104 105 111 105 98 76
Crystal 73 22,459 110 105 103 97 101 93
Hastings 74 22,355 109 105 103 101 102 91
Sartell 75 16,123 104 114 114 101 92 89
Spring Lake Park 76 6,503 110 105 103 96 101 93
Lake City 77 5,093 112 107 110 88 104 92
Columbia Heights 78 19,605 110 105 103 93 101 93
Buffalo 79 15,710 104 114 114 97 92 89
Big Lake 80 10,230 104 114 114 97 92 89
Big Lake 81 10,230 104 114 114 97 92 89
Baxter 82 7,710 104 114 114 97 92 89
Isanti 83 5,396 110 105 103 90 101 93
North Branch 84 10,099 109 105 103 95 102 91
Brooklyn Center 85 30,549 110 105 103 89 101 93
Monticello 86 12,974 104 114 114 93 92 89
Red Wing 87 16,502 109 105 103 88 102 91
Cambridge 88 8,223 110 105 103 85 101 93
Belle Plaine 89 6,794 104 105 111 93 98 76
Zimmerman 90 5,268 104 114 114 88 92 89
Winona 91 27,526 112 107 110 76 104 92
North Mankato 92 13,403 104 105 111 88 98 76
Waite Park 93 7,391 104 114 114 83 92 89
Faribault 94 23,460 104 105 111 86 98 76
Moorhead 95 39,053 96 101 114 82 95 99
East Grand Forks 96 8,621 96 101 114 81 95 99
Owatonna 97 25,550 104 105 111 83 98 76
Hutchinson 98 13,983 104 114 114 81 92 89
Detroit Lakes 99 8,834 96 101 114 80 95 99
Duluth 100 86,239 104 114 114 81 92 89

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