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 â€˜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.
- Edina (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Eden Prairie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Waconia (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Victoria (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Chanhassen (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Plymouth (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Rogers (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Minnetonka (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Lakeville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- 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:
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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’.
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
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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”.
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!
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.
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
- Deephaven (Pop. 3,786)
- Oronoco (Pop. 1,532)
- Elko New Market (Pop. 4,472)
- Long Lake (Pop. 1,704)
- Carver (Pop. 4,328)
- North Oaks (Pop. 4,832)
- Wayzata (Pop. 4,296)
- Tonka Bay (Pop. 1,344)
- Nicollet (Pop. 1,040)
- Circle Pines (Pop. 4,947)
Best Small Towns To Live In Minnesota
- Skyline (Pop. 301)
- Minnetonka Beach (Pop. 586)
- Sabin (Pop. 585)
- Fish Lake (Pop. 96)
- Woodland (Pop. 449)
- Pine Springs (Pop. 429)
- Loretto (Pop. 672)
- Medicine Lake (Pop. 315)
- Long Beach (Pop. 314)
- Greenwood (Pop. 755)
If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Minnesota according to the data:
- Brainerd (Pop. 13,440)
- Virginia (Pop. 8,594)
- Bemidji (Pop. 14,664)
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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In Minnesota
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