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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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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Edina is another great city in Minnesota with a low unemployment rate and where residents earn high salaries.

Said one reviewer on ” We feel incredibly safe in Edina. The houses and neighborhoods are beautiful, the people are friendly, and it’s wonderful to have such good neighbors. People watch out for each other here, they teach their children to be respectful of others and things.”

Enough said.

Review Of Edina by HomeSnacks User

I hate Edina because I feel it is a stuck up city. The citizens are s****y and entitled there. It is full of ritzy, over-priced things that people don’t really need.

The thing to watch out for are the people. The people working at the stores and restaurants were rude but also the residents and people on the streets were rude and judgmental.

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 ranks 2nd on our list of best places to live in Minnesota thanks to its low unemployment and high adjusted median income.

Additionally, its crime rate ranks in the lowest 10% of all places in Minnesota that we examined.

People have been flocking to Eden Prairie over the past years. Goes to show that everyone wants in on this great community.

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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It’s obvious why Waconia ranks 3rd in the state for best places to live: they have the 18th lowest unemployment rate and the 26th highest home values.

Plus, they’re known for their quality education and relatively low crime, making Waconia a great place to live.

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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If you want to live in Minnesota, you can’t go wrong if you decide to make the Victoria area your home. However, everyone and their mother wants to live here.

Can you blame them? It’s a beautiful place with really low crime, where a majority of residents are wealthy (a $132,431 median income will do that).

Plus, the residents are really involved with helping to make Victoria as great as possible. You can’t get it much better than in Victoria.

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 is feeling the love as it ranks as the 5th best city to live in Minnesota for 2019.

It ranked highly because of its high incomes (6th overall) and low crime (21st overall and one of the best in the top ten).

We think the city should probably change its motto at this point to something like “The Place To Be In Minnesota”.

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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Plymouth 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 Plymouth has one; the unemployment rate is hovering at about 3.0% and lowering. And the Plymouth police department is doing a solid job, as crime is the 28th lowest in the state here.

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

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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Rogers broke into the top ten best places to live in Minnesota on the back of a low unemployment and a quality schools system.

It placed 2nd overall for its low unemployment rate and the 7th highest median income of any place in our analysis.

However, it only has the 117th shortest average commute time of any place in Minnesota.

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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Known for its low unemployment rates and great education, Minnetonka 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, Minnetonka still holds its own in in Minnesota.

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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Lakeville comes in 9th in our best places to live in Minnesota analysis.

Ranking highly for its exceptionally low unemployment rate (20th overall) and crime rate (13th overall), Lakeville is the exact kind of place you’d want to live with a family.

Several large companies call the surrounding area home which should keep Lakeville in our lists for years to come.

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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Maple Grove has it made. In fact, according to science, it’s one of the best places to live in the state of Minnesota.

The unemployment rate is the 46th lowest in the state at 3.6%, and residents make a pretty penny. Median incomes are $96,410, and the average cost of a home is $254,400. Which is an indication that lots of people want to live here.

We wouldn’t be surprised if more and more publications call Maple Grove one of America’s gems.

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.

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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Where Are The 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

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