The 10 Best Minneapolis Suburbs To Live For 2021


We analyzed over 110 places around Minneapolis to identify the most in demand places to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best Minneapolis suburbs.

Big city living isn't for everyone--but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There's the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There's traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing--pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you're looking at.

But that's where the suburbs come in--they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Minneapolis are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

Here are the 10 best suburbs to live around Minneapolis for 2021:

  1. North Oaks
  2. Deephaven
  3. Medina
  4. Chanhassen
  5. Waconia
  6. Victoria
  7. Minnetrista
  8. Scandia
  9. Edina
  10. Mendota Heights

What's the best suburb of Minneapolis? North Oaks ranks as the best suburb of Minneapolis for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of North Oaks, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Minneapolis 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.

Feel free to check out some more reading about Minnesota:

The 10 Best Minneapolis Suburbs To Live For 2021

North Oaks, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,177
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $178,816
Unemployment Rate: 0.7%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
More on North Oaks: Real Estate | Data | Photos

North Oaks is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Minneapolis area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome North Oaks."

Everyone here is rich; families average $178,816 a year, which is the highest in the Minneapolis region. And only 0.74% are out of work. Homes average more than $633,300 each.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 3,879
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $139,531
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.5%
More on Deephaven: Real Estate | Data

Deephaven is the second best 'burb we looked at near Minneapolis for 2021.

It ranks 7th for incomes in the area and only 1.35% of residents lack insurance, good for 9th best.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,380
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Median Income: $148,110
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 2.0%
More on Medina: Real Estate | Data

Here in Medina, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Minneapolis metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Medina.

Chanhassen, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 25,657
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 4)
Median Income: $124,125
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.5%
More on Chanhassen: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Chanhassen ranks as the 4th best suburb of Minneapolis for 2021.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Chanhassen and the schools are some of the best around.

Waconia, MN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,131
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $99,602
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Poverty Rate: 2.4%
More on Waconia: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Waconia.

Waconia gets kudos for having the 34th most expensive homes in the Minneapolis area, where houses sell for an average of $303,700. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Victoria, MN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,383
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Median Income: $152,137
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.0%
More on Victoria: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Victoria is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 2.93% which is 55th best in the area.

According to online reports, Victoria is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Minneapolis area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Minnetrista, MN

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 7,621
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Median Income: $171,786
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 2.2%
More on Minnetrista: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Minnetrista.

Minnetrista schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 21.7 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 4,112
Rank Last Year: 38 (Up 30)
Median Income: $97,167
Unemployment Rate: 1.2%
Poverty Rate: 1.7%
More on Scandia: Real Estate | Data

Scandia is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 1.61% of people lack insurance, good for 14th in the area.

Edina, MN

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 51,746
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Income: $104,244
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%
More on Edina: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Edina?'

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Mendota Heights, MN

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 11,289
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 10)
Median Income: $121,214
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
More on Mendota Heights: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2021 is Mendota Heights.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Minneapolis for 2021

Figuring out the best suburbs around Minneapolis was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2015-2019 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Minneapolis.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 111 suburbs to evaluate around Minneapolis.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 111 in each category, where 1 was the "best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the "Best Suburb near Minneapolis." We're lookin' at you, North Oaks. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Welcome to the Best Minneapolis 'Burbs of 2021

We said it once and we'll say it again--life in the big city isn't for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you're hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Minneapolis, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more Minnesota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Minneapolis Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 North Oaks, MN 5,177 $178,816
2 Deephaven, MN 3,879 $139,531
3 Medina, MN 6,380 $148,110
4 Chanhassen, MN 25,657 $124,125
5 Waconia, MN 12,131 $99,602
6 Victoria, MN 9,383 $152,137
7 Minnetrista, MN 7,621 $171,786
8 Scandia, MN 4,112 $97,167
9 Edina, MN 51,746 $104,244
10 Mendota Heights, MN 11,289 $121,214
11 Lino Lakes, MN 21,404 $115,368
12 Rogers, MN 12,971 $127,629
13 Shorewood, MN 7,867 $139,956
14 Plymouth, MN 78,134 $105,958
15 Maple Grove, MN 70,627 $109,557
16 Independence, MN 3,776 $129,732
17 Orono, MN 8,113 $159,028
18 North Hudson, MN 3,796 $87,569
19 Carver, MN 4,771 $114,906
20 Woodbury, MN 69,906 $108,539
21 Delano, MN 6,085 $101,798
22 Elko New Market, MN 4,657 $123,294
23 Stillwater, MN 19,341 $91,350
24 Grant, MN 4,100 $116,947
25 Andover, MN 32,733 $109,930
26 Minnetonka, MN 53,025 $95,630
27 Hugo, MN 14,767 $89,969
28 Mound, MN 9,480 $92,964
29 Hanover, MN 3,298 $104,688
30 Albertville, MN 7,436 $85,357
31 Shoreview, MN 26,791 $92,826
32 Lakeville, MN 63,915 $110,212
33 Ham Lake, MN 16,434 $103,655
34 Golden Valley, MN 21,566 $98,058
35 Afton, MN 2,999 $119,511
36 St. Michael, MN 17,586 $114,015
37 Farmington, MN 22,869 $95,331
38 Eden Prairie, MN 64,179 $111,981
39 Rosemount, MN 24,292 $104,743
40 Mahtomedi, MN 8,164 $105,958
41 St. Louis Park, MN 48,677 $80,627
42 Cottage Grove, MN 36,602 $102,039
43 Otsego, MN 16,763 $105,290
44 Prior Lake, MN 26,365 $109,604
45 St. Anthony, MN 9,038 $73,918
46 Centerville, MN 3,985 $107,794
47 Champlin, MN 24,755 $92,858
48 Greenfield, MN 2,986 $116,250
49 Wayzata, MN 4,561 $86,852
50 Corcoran, MN 5,911 $122,075
51 Savage, MN 31,254 $119,291
52 Oak Grove, MN 8,682 $106,146
53 Circle Pines, MN 4,950 $83,224
54 Ramsey, MN 26,638 $95,014
55 Lake Elmo, MN 8,969 $118,421
56 Eagan, MN 66,379 $90,515
57 Excelsior, MN 2,434 $70,000
58 Nowthen, MN 4,682 $107,688
59 Bayport, MN 3,723 $78,221
60 Apple Valley, MN 52,889 $89,251
61 East Bethel, MN 11,870 $93,375
62 Falcon Heights, MN 5,571 $75,660
63 Vadnais Heights, MN 13,444 $77,413
64 Columbus, MN 4,055 $89,773
65 Chaska, MN 26,371 $85,143
66 Hudson, MN 13,795 $75,000
67 Wyoming, MN 7,914 $89,967
68 Hastings, MN 22,738 $71,264
69 Dayton, MN 5,817 $97,652
70 Oak Park Heights, MN 4,889 $61,181
71 Arden Hills, MN 10,293 $91,250
72 White Bear Lake, MN 25,673 $71,709
73 Prescott, MN 4,258 $75,603
74 St. Bonifacius, MN 2,078 $79,760
75 Osseo, MN 2,753 $57,946
76 Roseville, MN 36,026 $71,180
77 Shakopee, MN 40,731 $87,719
78 Forest Lake, MN 20,004 $79,840
79 Robbinsdale, MN 14,468 $70,348
80 Blaine, MN 64,114 $84,933
81 Lauderdale, MN 2,514 $53,684
82 Watertown, MN 4,408 $83,542
83 New Brighton, MN 22,556 $74,644
84 Elk River, MN 24,522 $89,596
85 Bloomington, MN 85,332 $75,130
86 Oakdale, MN 27,963 $72,511
87 Coon Rapids, MN 62,517 $71,267
88 Crystal, MN 22,975 $67,342
89 Hopkins, MN 18,382 $56,390
90 St. Paul Park, MN 5,356 $79,821
91 Burnsville, MN 61,311 $73,529
92 Richfield, MN 36,063 $66,908
93 North St. Paul, MN 12,406 $64,722
94 Inver Grove Heights, MN 35,320 $78,347
95 Brooklyn Park, MN 80,068 $73,940
96 New Hope, MN 20,925 $60,675
97 Spring Lake Park, MN 6,535 $62,477
98 Mounds View, MN 13,094 $67,402
99 South St. Paul, MN 20,194 $63,247
100 Anoka, MN 17,471 $58,576

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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.