Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Minnesota a good place?
The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in Minnesota.
Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the North Star State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.
So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best part of Minnesota, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 87 counties in the state.
After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in North Star State for 2022.
Carver County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Minnesota. And you might want to avoid Mahnomen County if you can — at least according to the data.
So if you’re thinking of making the move Minnesota, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.
The Best Counties To Live In Minnesota For 2022
Biggest Place: Chaska
Biggest Place: St. Cloud
Biggest Place: St. Michael
Biggest Place: Woodbury
5. Dodge County
Biggest Place: Kasson
Biggest Place: Mankato
7. Scott County
Biggest Place: Shakopee
8. Pope County
Biggest Place: Glenwood
Biggest Place: North Branch
10. Meeker County
Biggest Place: Litchfield
Methodology: How do you determine which Minnesota county is the best?
To give you the best county in Minnesota, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a “best county” and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.
We paid particular attention to:
- Violent Crime Rates
- Property Crime Rates
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Unemployment Rates
- Adult Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty Rates
We then ranked each county in Minnesota across each of the criteria from one to 87, with one being the best.
Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the “Best County To Live In Minnesota”.
The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the North Star State.
Read on to see why Carver County is the best county, while Mahnomen County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Minnesota.
Summary: The Best Counties In Minnesota To Call Home For 2018
It turns out living in Minnesota can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?
But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.
Here’s a look at the worst counties in Minnesota according to the data:
- Mahnomen County
- Clearwater County
- Wadena County
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- Safest Places In Minnesota