These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Minnesota For 2019

Here are the top-notch places you can live in the North Star State.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best places to live in Minnesota.

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Minnesota is best known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but many are familiar with other fun Minnesota facts like the crazy amount of fun things to do and see.

Affordability, seasons, ice fishing, and their infamous ‘hot dish,’ are just a few of the reasons people flock to this northern destination. But if you’re a true Minnesotan, you know that the real reason people move here is because the locals are so nice and their cities are truly the best.

When Minnesotans aren’t cornering rails on their snowmobiles, shopping for their 10th pair of sorel boots and 15th North Face jacket (a true Minnesotan’s uniform), they’re jammin’ out to their favorite hometown stars: Prince and Bob Dylan.

Minnesotans bleed purple and yellow for their Minnesota Vikings. If you’re not sporting viking horns on Sundays, then you’re not doing it right. And if football isn’t your shtick, you can always cheer for the Minnesota Twins. We hear they’re pretty good too.
Minnesotans are tough. They survive snow storms that shut down major cities, they live in their deer stands, they play hockey 27 hours a day, and they love ice fishing like people love ice cream.

Word on the street is that Minnesota is great place to live if you’re a millennial. We can’t say for sure, but our stories 10 Best Places in Minnesota for Singles and 10 Best Places to Raise a Family in Minnesota prove that there really is something for everyone.

If you live in or around Minneapolis consider yourself lucky. You live in some of the best cities in the state. Not surprising, cities like Victoria, Rogers, and Maple Grove made our Top 10 Best Places to Live in Minnesota list, but there can only be one star: congrats to Edina.

We analyzed over 140 cities in our story Top 10 Best Places to LIve in Minnesota 2019, so if you don’t see your hometown at the top, make sure you scroll down to see where your city ranked.

What city is the best place to live in Minnesota 2019? Well according to the US Census and FBI data we crunched, Edina is the best place to live in Minnesota if you care about home values, low crime, and a high quality of life.

Hennepin County produced a lot of our top 10 winners. We were definitely not surprised that Edina was at the top of the list. In true Minnesotan fashion, they scored off the charts in education, low crime, and great commute times.

If you are looking to live where people take pride in their state, where health insurance is attainable, and quality homes are affordable, look no further than our Top 10 Best Places to Live in Minnesota 2019 list:

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

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Mapping The Best And Worst Places To Live in Minnesota

The Pressing Question: Size

Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit cities with populations over 100,000 against places with a population of 18?

We firmly decided no, that just isn’t fair.

So to create our ranking, we broke places to live into three tiers:

  • Cities — Populations over 5,000
  • Towns — Populations between 1,000 and 5,000
  • Small Towns — Populations below 1,000

This left us with 142 cities, 215 towns, and 509 small towns.

We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best places have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 5,000 people to truly be ‘the best’.

Now we also realize that city living might not be your cup of tea, so we ran the following analysis on towns and then again for small towns.

You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.

How We Calculated The Best Cities To Live In Minnesota

Now that we had our set of cities, it was time to rank them.

We ranked each place in Minnesota across a number of criteria from one to 142, with one being the best.

We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place To Live In Minnesota”.

The criteria we looked at were:

  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Population Density (Higher better)
  • Unemployment Rate
  • Commute Time
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

Sources of criteria include the New Census Data and FBI Crime Data.

After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in Minnesota? That would be Edina.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in Minnesota.

Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with Edina at the end of the cul-de-sac.

The 10 Best Places To Live In Minnesota For 2019

Edina, MN

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Population: 49,976
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $424,500 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.6% (46th best)
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Let’s just put this to rest right now. No matter how passionate you are about where you live in Minnesota, Edina is by far the best place to live. At least according to science.

The residents of Edina are some of the wealthiest, most employed, and just about safest of anyone in the state. Plus, their kids go to some of the best-funded schools.

You know what they say: Money doesn’t buy happiness. But, in this case, it buys safety and peace of mind.

If you live here, you probably won’t brag about this ranking because you want to keep Edina a secret.

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It was the best of places, it was the worst of places. Like a lot of Minnesota, it’s really somewhere in the middle. And that’s Edina’s big problem, in a nutshell: in a state of bland, inoffensive, passive-aggressive soccer moms, it’s the try-hard city that cares more about style than substance. People from Edina do not *do* much of anything; they mostly just… exist. Preferably at the salon, or artisan coffee house, or highly overpriced grocery store, or failing that in a constant state of “gotta go!” en route from one activity desperately forced on offspring to help them seem interesting and relevant after another.

Edina occupies a convenient location, equidistant from all sorts of places anyone with two clues would much rather be. It’s pretty, the crime is low, the schools are doubtless ever-so-slightly above par, probably in some ever-so-slightly unethical way. There are nice parks. If you’re white and drive a minivan, you’ll feel right at home. The problem with Edina, you should understand, isn’t Edina itself. It’s the people. People from Edina. They’re bland and boring and self-obsessed. Drug-addled middle-managers, trophy wives, 2.4 heavily-medicated children per couple… they’re the laughing stock of the Twin Cities. People from Edina; joke and punchline, all in one. They don’t even get a neat name, like Minneapolitans, or Saint Paulites, or Little Canadians. Nope. People from Edina.

Eden Prairie, MN

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Population: 63,206
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $319,400 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% (30th best)
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Eden Prairie is just about as close to a perfect area as you can get. Residents here are gainfully employed, and the schools are some of the best in the state. It’s safe, and residents get to enjoy the benefits of quality at home living.

It’s quite a gem tucked away in Minnesota.

Waconia, MN

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Population: 11,523
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $252,200 (26th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.8% (18th best)
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Known for its low unemployment rates and great education, Waconia is a wonderful place to live in this state.

The relatively stable household incomes and below average crime rates don’t hurt either!

While it may not be as great as some other places on this list, Waconia still holds its own in in Minnesota.

Victoria, MN

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Population: 8,385
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $394,800 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.1% (8th best)
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At an unemployment rate of 2.1%, everyone who wants a job can get one in Victoria. And the residents command high salaries ($132,431 a year combined income), and live in big fancy homes ($394,800 each).

We’re not saying money is why these cities are the ‘best’ in Minnesota. What we’re implying is that money means safety and peace of mind. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

Chanhassen, MN

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Population: 24,796
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $339,800 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.1% (26th best)
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Chanhassen has been called one of the best small towns in America. If you live here, you’re most likely already aware of how great it is to live there.

Just about everyone who wants a job in Chanhassen has one; the unemployment rate is hovering at about 3.1% and lowering. And the Chanhassen police department is doing a solid job, as crime is the 21st lowest in the state here.

Who wouldn’t want to live in a place like this?

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I live in Chanhassen Minnesota. And Minnesota actually has pretty good education

Plymouth, MN

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Population: 75,105
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $310,900 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.0% (22nd best)
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The Plymouth has the 22nd lowest unemployment rate in Minnesota. The population growth here has been 8% over the last 15 years, meaning a lot of people want to live here. If they can afford it; the cost of living in Plymouth is higher than the national average and households make $88,378 per year.

We’d move to Plymouth if we could in a heart beat.

Review Of Plymouth by HomeSnacks User

It has all the amenities that you may need including a wide array of grocery stores and places to eat.

There is a lack of diversity in the town and the rent and cost of living is higher than the surrounding areas in the west metro.

Rogers, MN

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Population: 12,284
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $279,600 (19th best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.7% (2nd best)
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You might be surprised to see the Town of Rogers so high on the list. Unless you live in Rogers.

The unemployment rate here is really low, and at 1.7%, Rogers residents are some of the hardest working in the state of Minnesota. When you factor in high home prices, high incomes and low crime, Rogers is doing quite well.

Let’s be honest — Rogers is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.

Minnetonka, MN

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Population: 51,651
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 9)
Median Home Value: $301,400 (13th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.1% (66th best)
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Minnetonka is known for having a great education system and has the 62nd shortest commute time.

Additionally, the unemployment rate in Minnetonka is the 66th lowest in Minnesota and the median income is the 38th highest in the state.

Lakeville, MN

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Population: 59,786
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $260,400 (24th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.9% (20th best)
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With the unemployment rate being the 20th lowest in Minnesota and very stable household median incomes, it’s easy to see why someone would want to live in Lakeville.

Plus, the crime rate is the 13th lowest in the state!

Maple Grove, MN

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Population: 66,969
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $254,400 (25th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.6% (46th best)
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Things can’t get much better than in the town of Maple Grove. The crime is the 43rd lowest in the entire state, and the residents who live in Maple Grove make huge salaries, and almost all of them have great jobs.

The median home costs a cool $254,400 and households make $96,410 which is good for 19th in Minnesota.

Wrapping Up The Best Places When It Comes To Living In Minnesota

If you’re looking at areas in Minnesota with the best economic situations, where there’s lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

Edina made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for the best place to live in Minnesota for 2019.

Best Towns To Live In Minnesota

  1. Deephaven (Pop. 3,786)
  2. Oronoco (Pop. 1,532)
  3. Elko New Market (Pop. 4,472)
  4. Long Lake (Pop. 1,704)
  5. Carver (Pop. 4,328)
  6. North Oaks (Pop. 4,832)
  7. Wayzata (Pop. 4,296)
  8. Tonka Bay (Pop. 1,344)
  9. Nicollet (Pop. 1,040)
  10. Circle Pines (Pop. 4,947)

Best Small Towns To Live In Minnesota

  1. Skyline (Pop. 301)
  2. Minnetonka Beach (Pop. 586)
  3. Sabin (Pop. 585)
  4. Fish Lake (Pop. 96)
  5. Woodland (Pop. 449)
  6. Pine Springs (Pop. 429)
  7. Loretto (Pop. 672)
  8. Medicine Lake (Pop. 315)
  9. Long Beach (Pop. 314)
  10. Greenwood (Pop. 755)

If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Minnesota according to the data:

  1. Brainerd (Pop. 13,440)
  2. Virginia (Pop. 8,594)
  3. Bemidji (Pop. 14,664)

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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In Minnesota

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Edina 49,976 3.6% $424,500
2 Eden Prairie 63,206 3.2% $319,400
3 Waconia 11,523 2.8% $252,200
4 Victoria 8,385 2.1% $394,800
5 Chanhassen 24,796 3.1% $339,800
6 Plymouth 75,105 3.0% $310,900
7 Rogers 12,284 1.7% $279,600
8 Minnetonka 51,651 4.1% $301,400
9 Lakeville 59,786 2.9% $260,400
10 Maple Grove 66,969 3.6% $254,400
11 Woodbury 66,699 4.0% $282,700
12 Medina 5,633 2.2% $586,600
13 Mendota Heights 11,231 4.3% $351,100
14 Champlin 23,929 3.4% $205,700
15 Lino Lakes 20,758 4.0% $263,800
16 Sartell 16,442 2.7% $180,300
17 Minnetrista 6,963 2.2% $422,400
18 Falcon Heights 5,534 4.7% $283,200
19 Kasson 6,143 1.9% $154,800
20 Farmington 22,226 2.4% $213,800
21 Stillwater 19,142 3.4% $248,400
22 St. Anthony 8,790 3.2% $232,300
23 Chaska 25,078 2.5% $243,700
24 Eagan 65,874 4.4% $251,500
25 Albertville 7,286 3.1% $189,600
26 North Mankato 13,451 4.1% $170,800
27 Rosemount 23,099 4.0% $240,300
28 Orono 7,772 4.9% $593,000
29 Delano 5,754 3.5% $234,300
30 Mahtomedi 7,964 3.9% $298,200
31 Shorewood 7,548 2.9% $428,100
32 Golden Valley 21,040 5.4% $264,900
33 Ramsey 25,329 3.6% $210,200
34 Savage 29,399 3.3% $263,300
35 Corcoran 5,572 4.0% $305,100
36 Shoreview 26,161 2.8% $238,100
37 Byron 5,191 1.9% $179,300
38 Cottage Grove 35,632 4.3% $216,500
39 Prior Lake 24,997 3.7% $286,100
40 Apple Valley 50,602 3.7% $218,100
41 St. Michael 17,045 4.0% $223,100
42 New Prague 7,534 3.9% $208,200
43 Lake Elmo 8,445 3.1% $375,800
44 Wyoming 7,785 5.0% $201,300
45 Otsego 15,065 2.0% $193,900
46 Northfield 20,405 4.1% $196,400
47 New Ulm 13,279 2.6% $133,100
48 St. Louis Park 47,486 4.1% $236,900
49 St. Joseph 6,775 3.3% $158,100
50 Hugo 14,223 2.4% $236,200
51 Jordan 5,981 2.5% $210,500
52 Arden Hills 10,126 7.1% $282,200
53 Dayton 5,031 4.2% $238,900
54 Elk River 23,743 3.9% $214,900
55 Oakdale 27,956 4.1% $201,900
56 White Bear Lake 24,992 3.9% $192,800
57 Hermantown 9,599 3.4% $213,800
58 Thief River Falls 8,726 2.3% $111,200
59 East Grand Forks 8,636 3.3% $170,700
60 Belle Plaine 6,892 5.2% $177,600
61 New Brighton 22,233 4.7% $223,400
62 Baxter 7,858 3.2% $190,900
63 St. Peter 11,567 3.4% $164,600
64 Blaine 61,210 4.2% $189,100
65 Vadnais Heights 13,115 3.1% $206,400
66 Andover 31,906 3.7% $241,800
67 Stewartville 6,062 0.6% $157,900
68 Moorhead 41,321 3.4% $166,000
69 Hutchinson 13,891 3.5% $138,600
70 Owatonna 25,580 4.4% $146,200
71 Shakopee 39,656 5.3% $221,500
72 Bloomington 85,080 4.3% $221,900
73 St. Francis 7,377 5.7% $165,200
74 Crystal 22,777 4.1% $159,600
75 Roseville 35,254 4.2% $224,000
76 Rochester 111,396 4.7% $167,800
77 Hastings 22,501 4.9% $182,800
78 New Hope 20,819 4.6% $194,900
79 Monticello 13,214 5.5% $169,400
80 Mound 9,306 4.5% $225,200
81 Isanti 5,453 4.1% $138,500
82 Ham Lake 15,878 4.9% $268,600
83 Hopkins 18,077 4.6% $204,300
84 Burnsville 61,158 5.0% $215,300
85 Morris 5,343 3.4% $151,300
86 Forest Lake 19,208 4.2% $234,700
87 Buffalo 15,927 5.9% $180,600
88 Zimmerman 5,330 5.0% $146,400
89 Litchfield 6,667 3.1% $122,400
90 Coon Rapids 62,159 5.4% $171,200
91 Glencoe 5,535 4.8% $124,100
92 Montevideo 5,207 1.7% $86,000
93 Waseca 9,267 4.6% $123,500
94 Inver Grove Heights 34,757 5.5% $216,400
95 Detroit Lakes 9,060 3.4% $162,000
96 North St. Paul 12,102 9.0% $180,200
97 Mounds View 12,708 5.5% $168,600
98 Little Falls 8,682 3.1% $118,700
99 St. Paul Park 5,352 5.7% $161,300
100 Marshall 13,616 4.9% $143,900

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