The 10 Best St. Paul Suburbs To Live For 2021


We analyzed over 98 places around St. Paul to identify the most in demand places to live.

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

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

What's the best suburb of St. Paul? North Oaks ranks as the best suburb of St. Paul 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 St. Paul '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 St. Paul 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 St. Paul 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 St. Paul 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 St. Paul for 2021.

It ranks 7th for incomes in the area and only 1.35% of residents lack insurance, good for 8th best.

Chanhassen, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 25,657
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4)
Median Income: $124,125
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.5%
More on Chanhassen: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Chanhassen, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the St. Paul 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 Chanhassen.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,380
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $148,110
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 2.0%
More on Medina: Real Estate | Data

Medina ranks as the 4th best suburb of St. Paul for 2021.

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

Victoria, MN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,383
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Income: $152,137
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.0%
More on Victoria: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Victoria.

Victoria gets kudos for having the 12th most expensive homes in the St. Paul area, where houses sell for an average of $427,400. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Minnetrista, MN

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 7,621
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Income: $171,786
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 2.2%
More on Minnetrista: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Minnetrista 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 3.59% which is 68th best in the area.

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

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 4,112
Rank Last Year: 32 (Up 25)
Median Income: $97,167
Unemployment Rate: 1.2%
Poverty Rate: 1.7%
More on Scandia: Real Estate | Data

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

Scandia 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 24.7 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Edina, MN

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 51,746
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $104,244
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%
More on Edina: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Edina 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 2.21% of people lack insurance, good for 25th in the area.

Lino Lakes, MN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 21,404
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 8)
Median Income: $115,368
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Poverty Rate: 2.0%
More on Lino Lakes: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Lino Lakes?'

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: 18 (Up 8)
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 St. Paul for 2021

Figuring out the best suburbs around St. Paul 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 St. Paul.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 99 suburbs to evaluate around St. Paul.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 99 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 St. Paul." 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 St. Paul '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 St. Paul, 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 St. Paul Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 North Oaks, MN 5,177 $178,816
2 Deephaven, MN 3,879 $139,531
3 Chanhassen, MN 25,657 $124,125
4 Medina, MN 6,380 $148,110
5 Victoria, MN 9,383 $152,137
6 Minnetrista, MN 7,621 $171,786
7 Scandia, MN 4,112 $97,167
8 Edina, MN 51,746 $104,244
9 Lino Lakes, MN 21,404 $115,368
10 Mendota Heights, MN 11,289 $121,214
11 Rogers, MN 12,971 $127,629
12 Shorewood, MN 7,867 $139,956
13 Plymouth, MN 78,134 $105,958
14 Maple Grove, MN 70,627 $109,557
15 Orono, MN 8,113 $159,028
16 North Hudson, MN 3,796 $87,569
17 Woodbury, MN 69,906 $108,539
18 Carver, MN 4,771 $114,906
19 Elko New Market, MN 4,657 $123,294
20 Stillwater, MN 19,341 $91,350
21 Grant, MN 4,100 $116,947
22 Hugo, MN 14,767 $89,969
23 Andover, MN 32,733 $109,930
24 Minnetonka, MN 53,025 $95,630
25 Mound, MN 9,480 $92,964
26 Ham Lake, MN 16,434 $103,655
27 Lakeville, MN 63,915 $110,212
28 Shoreview, MN 26,791 $92,826
29 Afton, MN 2,999 $119,511
30 Golden Valley, MN 21,566 $98,058
31 Farmington, MN 22,869 $95,331
32 St. Louis Park, MN 48,677 $80,627
33 Cottage Grove, MN 36,602 $102,039
34 Rosemount, MN 24,292 $104,743
35 Mahtomedi, MN 8,164 $105,958
36 Eden Prairie, MN 64,179 $111,981
37 Prior Lake, MN 26,365 $109,604
38 St. Anthony, MN 9,038 $73,918
39 Champlin, MN 24,755 $92,858
40 Centerville, MN 3,985 $107,794
41 Wayzata, MN 4,561 $86,852
42 Corcoran, MN 5,911 $122,075
43 Savage, MN 31,254 $119,291
44 Circle Pines, MN 4,950 $83,224
45 Oak Grove, MN 8,682 $106,146
46 Ramsey, MN 26,638 $95,014
47 Lake Elmo, MN 8,969 $118,421
48 Excelsior, MN 2,434 $70,000
49 Eagan, MN 66,379 $90,515
50 East Bethel, MN 11,870 $93,375
51 Apple Valley, MN 52,889 $89,251
52 Bayport, MN 3,723 $78,221
53 Falcon Heights, MN 5,571 $75,660
54 Columbus, MN 4,055 $89,773
55 Vadnais Heights, MN 13,444 $77,413
56 Chaska, MN 26,371 $85,143
57 Hudson, MN 13,795 $75,000
58 Hastings, MN 22,738 $71,264
59 Wyoming, MN 7,914 $89,967
60 Dayton, MN 5,817 $97,652
61 Oak Park Heights, MN 4,889 $61,181
62 White Bear Lake, MN 25,673 $71,709
63 Arden Hills, MN 10,293 $91,250
64 Prescott, MN 4,258 $75,603
65 Osseo, MN 2,753 $57,946
66 Roseville, MN 36,026 $71,180
67 Robbinsdale, MN 14,468 $70,348
68 Shakopee, MN 40,731 $87,719
69 Forest Lake, MN 20,004 $79,840
70 Blaine, MN 64,114 $84,933
71 Lauderdale, MN 2,514 $53,684
72 New Brighton, MN 22,556 $74,644
73 Oakdale, MN 27,963 $72,511
74 Coon Rapids, MN 62,517 $71,267
75 Bloomington, MN 85,332 $75,130
76 Crystal, MN 22,975 $67,342
77 River Falls, MN 15,638 $59,440
78 Hopkins, MN 18,382 $56,390
79 St. Paul Park, MN 5,356 $79,821
80 Burnsville, MN 61,311 $73,529
81 Richfield, MN 36,063 $66,908
82 North St. Paul, MN 12,406 $64,722
83 Inver Grove Heights, MN 35,320 $78,347
84 Brooklyn Park, MN 80,068 $73,940
85 New Hope, MN 20,925 $60,675
86 Mounds View, MN 13,094 $67,402
87 Spring Lake Park, MN 6,535 $62,477
88 South St. Paul, MN 20,194 $63,247
89 Anoka, MN 17,471 $58,576
90 Minneapolis, MN 420,324 $62,583
91 Maplewood, MN 40,545 $70,484
92 Little Canada, MN 10,451 $52,842
93 Fridley, MN 27,668 $63,836
94 Columbia Heights, MN 20,118 $57,882
95 West St. Paul, MN 19,779 $56,097
96 Somerset, MN 2,789 $66,146
97 Brooklyn Center, MN 30,849 $59,550
98 Newport, MN 3,532 $59,167
99 Lexington, MN 2,144 $57,025

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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.

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