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.
Here are the 10 best places to live in Minnesota for 2019:
- 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.
The 10 Best Places To Live In Minnesota For 2019
Let’s just put this to rest right now. No matter how passionate you are about where you live in Minnesota, Edina is by far the best place to live. At least according to science.
The residents of Edina are some of the wealthiest, most employed, and just about safest of anyone in the state. Plus, their kids go to some of the best-funded schools.
You know what they say: Money doesn’t buy happiness. But, in this case, it buys safety and peace of mind.
If you live here, you probably won’t brag about this ranking because you want to keep Edina a secret.
Eden Prairie is just about as close to a perfect area as you can get. Residents here are gainfully employed, and the schools are some of the best in the state. It’s safe, and residents get to enjoy the benefits of quality at home living.
It’s quite a gem tucked away in Minnesota.
Known for its low unemployment rates and great education, Waconia 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, Waconia still holds its own in in Minnesota.
At an unemployment rate of 2.1%, everyone who wants a job can get one in Victoria. And the residents command high salaries ($132,431 a year combined income), and live in big fancy homes ($394,800 each).
We’re not saying money is why these cities are the ‘best’ in Minnesota. What we’re implying is that money means safety and peace of mind. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
Chanhassen 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 Chanhassen has one; the unemployment rate is hovering at about 3.1% and lowering. And the Chanhassen police department is doing a solid job, as crime is the 21st lowest in the state here.
Who wouldn’t want to live in a place like this?
The Plymouth has the 22nd 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 Plymouth is higher than the national average and households make $88,378 per year.
We’d move to Plymouth if we could in a heart beat.
You might be surprised to see the Town of Rogers so high on the list. Unless you live in Rogers.
The unemployment rate here is really low, and at 1.7%, Rogers residents are some of the hardest working in the state of Minnesota. When you factor in high home prices, high incomes and low crime, Rogers is doing quite well.
Let’s be honest — Rogers is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.
Minnetonka is known for having a great education system and has the 62nd shortest commute time.
Additionally, the unemployment rate in Minnetonka is the 66th lowest in Minnesota and the median income is the 38th highest in the state.
With the unemployment rate being the 20th lowest in Minnesota and very stable household median incomes, it’s easy to see why someone would want to live in Lakeville.
Plus, the crime rate is the 13th lowest in the state!
Things can’t get much better than in the town of Maple Grove. The crime is the 43rd lowest in the entire state, and the residents who live in Maple Grove make huge salaries, and almost all of them have great jobs.
The median home costs a cool $254,400 and households make $96,410 which is good for 19th in Minnesota.
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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|58||Thief River Falls||8,726|
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