10 Best Places To Live In Minnesota For 2019


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

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.

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 safest states and best states to raise a family show 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 ten best places to live in Minnesota list, but there can only be one star: congrats to Edina.

We analyzed over 142 cities in our story top ten best places to live in Minnesota for 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 for 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 ten 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 ten best places to live in Minnesota for 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)
More on Edina: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Edina ranks as the best place in Minnesota for 2019. Let's take a look at why.

Edina has a lower crime rate than the cities mentioned above. Edina's cost of living is a tick higher, but families also earn much higher salaries - to the tune of $91,847 a year.

The knock? We can't really find one 🙂

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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Who doesn't want to live in Eden Prairie? Because, according to the data, most everyone should want to.

Crime is lower than the state average, and the unemployment rate sits at only 3.2%. The school systems are generally well funded, meaning lots of personal attention for area kids.

Expect to see more of Eden Prairie in the news in the coming months.

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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The crime is the 21st lowest in the state in Waconia, and there were only 7 violent crimes in the entire city last year. We think it's even safer here than the numbers indicate.

The schools are some of the best in Minnesota, and residents live in very expensive homes. They also earn more than most every other city in the state. Residents in Waconia earn $87,394 a year.

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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Victoria has a strong showing in our best places to live in Minnesota analysis, coming it at 4th best.

It ranks highly like many others in the top ten for a low unemployment rate and high adjusted median income. It scored extra points relative to the top ten for its size and things to do.

If you're thinking of moving to Minnesota, Victoria is a great option.

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 has a long and illustrious history and its ranking in the top ten of our best places to live is just another notch in its belt.\n\Chanhassen had the 6th highest household median income adjusted for cost of living at $115,449.

Not to mention that its residents have plenty to do on the weekends.

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

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)
More on Rogers: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rogers is by far one of the best places to live in Minnesota: the math proves it! This city has the 2nd lowest unemployment rate and the 7th highest median income in all of Minnesota.

Plus, the median home values are the 19th highest in the state. And if all of that isn't enough to convince you, then check this out: their crime rate is the 32nd lowest in the state, making Rogers a safe and great place to live.

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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Things can't get much better than in the town of Minnetonka. The crime is the 30th lowest in the entire state, and the residents who live in Minnetonka make huge salaries, and almost all of them have great jobs.

The median home costs a cool $301,400 and households make $83,496 which is good for 38th 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)
More on Lakeville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The Town of Lakeville consistently ranks as one of the best places to live. There aren't any surprises here. Which probably adds credibility to our data, right?

Let's see why Lakeville ranks so high. First of all, the homes in Lakeville are the 24th most expensive in the state of Minnesota, with the average home worth a whopping $260,400. We're not elitists, nor are we saying that big homes means a better place to live. But price reflects demand, and simply put, a lot of people want to live in Lakeville if they can afford it.

Other numbers that stand out: Lakeville residents have the 15th highest income in the state, and the 13th lowest crime numbers in Minnesota.

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)
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.

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 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

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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