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

The Edina has the 46th 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 Edina is higher than the national average and households make $91,847 per year.

We'd move to Edina if we could in a heart beat.

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

With the unemployment rate being the 30th lowest in Minnesota and very stable household median incomes, it's easy to see why someone would want to live in Eden Prairie.

Plus, the crime rate is the 19th lowest in the state!

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

Waconia is known for having a great education system and has the 103rd shortest commute time.

Additionally, the unemployment rate in Waconia is the 18th lowest in Minnesota and the median income is the 30th highest in the state.

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 has some of the most employed as well as the highest earning residents in the entire state of Minnesota. Factor in a very low crime rate, and this Victoria is a real gem.

With high incomes comes a high cost of living, which can been seen in the home prices. Additionally, the commute time for Victoria residents to work is significantly higher than average.

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

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

Plymouth, MN

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Overall SnackAbility

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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

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

Said one reviewer on City-Data.com: " We feel incredibly safe in Plymouth. 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 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

Well, I guess technically 1.7% of Rogers residents who want to have a job can't find one, so not everyone has a job, but it's the 2nd closest of any city in Minnesota.

You can tell they take business seriously as they have by far the coolest Chamber of Commerce website we came across in our research.

In addition to its incredibly low unemployment rate, Rogers also ranked well for crime (32nd) and median income ($109,023).

Minnetonka, MN

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Overall SnackAbility

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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

Who wouldn't want to live in a place where there's low crime and everyone is rich? That's the case with Minnetonka.

Things are looking peachy keen here. The unemployment rate is the 66th lowest in Minnesota and the median income comes in at $83,496.

This is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.

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

Let's take a look at why Lakeville is a great place to call home for 2019.

There's low crime in Lakeville, and the residents here are gainfully employed (2.9% unemployment rate).

You can make Lakeville your home for only $260,400 which won't be too hard on a $98,864 household salary.

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

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 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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