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.

  1. Edina (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Eden Prairie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Waconia (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Victoria (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Chanhassen (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Plymouth (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Rogers (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Minnetonka (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Lakeville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Maple Grove (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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.

For more Minnesota reading, check out:

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.

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)
More on Edina: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Edina takes 1st place on our list of best places in Minnesota for 2019 thanks to a strong showing in unemployment rate (46th overall) and things to do.

Edina is no stranger to top ten lists, being named one of the best places to live in the country by multiple outlets over the past ten years. And that tends to happen when home prices hit $424,500 at the median.

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)
More on Eden Prairie: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Perhaps what makes Eden Prairie so amazing is the high emphasis they put on quality education: they have one of the highest rate of education at attainment for adults.

However, quality education isn’t all that makes Eden Prairie great. They also have the 12th highest median income and the 59th shortest commute time.

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)
More on Waconia: Real Estate | Data | Photos

We think the motto in Waconia should be “Everything is greater in Waconia,” and that seems to be pretty close to the truth.

Waconia has some of the highest home values in Minnesota, and they’re going up fast. Additionally, Waconia only has 180.0% of its residents living in poverty.

Crime is also well below the state average, making Waconia a solid option for people who value safety. At least those who can afford it.

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)
More on Victoria: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Victoria is another gem in North Star State. The unemployment rate here is 8th lowest in the entire state at 2.1%. Other factors that make Victoria so desirable is the solid education and home prices.

Homes are valued at $394,800, and parents earn a combined $132,431 a year

There’s nothing like the American dream.

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)
More on Chanhassen: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Chanhassen had the 26th lowest unemployment of any place in our research (3.1%) and the 21st lowest crime rate. However, the relative lack of population density and long commute times held it back from being higher on our list.

Chanhassen is home to an exceptional Volunteer Fire Department that represents so much about what it’s like to live there.

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)
More on Plymouth: Real Estate | Data | Photos

In Plymouth, everyone loves to call Plymouth home! The median home value is the 11th highest in Minnesota.

Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 22nd lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in North Star State.

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)
More on Rogers: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rogers is feeling the love as it ranks as the 7th best city to live in Minnesota for 2019.

It ranked highly because of its high incomes (7th overall) and low crime (32nd 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”.

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)
More on Minnetonka: Real Estate | Data | Photos

With the unemployment rate being the 66th lowest in Minnesota and very stable household median incomes, it’s easy to see why someone would want to live in Minnetonka.

Plus, the crime rate is the 30th lowest 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)
More on Lakeville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

If you live in Lakeville, you probably know how great it is already.

Lakeville has a stable economy where residents earn a large salary ($98,864). And the crime is really, really low (13th lowest in Minnesota).

If we could afford to move here, we probably would.

Maple Grove, MN

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Overall SnackAbility

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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)
More on Maple Grove: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top 10 best places to live in Minnesota is Maple Grove.

Maple Grove followed a similar path to other cities the top 10 with its low unemployment, however it also stood out for its crime rates, which place in the top 10% of the state.

Another universally recognized great place to live, Maple Grove has consistently appeared as one of the best places to live in Minnesota over the years.

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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