The 10 Best Places To Live In Minnesota For 2022

Here are the top-notch places you can live in the North Star State.

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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 a 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 research determining the 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.

The 10 Best Places To Live In Minnesota For 2022

  1. Chanhassen
  2. Minnetonka
  3. Waconia
  4. Edina
  5. Plymouth
  6. Mendota Heights
  7. Medina
  8. Rogers
  9. Eden Prairie
  10. Stillwater

What city is the best place to live in Minnesota for 2022? Well according to the US Census and FBI data we crunched, Chanhassen 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 Chanhassen 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 2022 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 2022

Chanhassen is a Carver County city of 25,965 located about a half-hour outside of Minneapolis. A low poverty level and low unemployment rate create a solid economic foundation for the city. Not to mention that both the median household income and median home price in Chanhassen are in the top ten statewide at $124,184/year and $400,300 respectively. Chanhassen also has the 4th lowest adult high school dropout rate in Minnesota, so the motto “stay in school” is certainly felt deeply here.

It’s easy to stop and smell the flowers in a city as awesome as Chanhassen. Especially when you’ve got the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum right in your neighborhood.

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Population: 25,965
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $400,300
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
More on Chanhassen: Real Estate | Cost Of Living

Chanhassen, MN

Wrapping up our list of best places to live in Minnesota is Minnetonka, a Twin Cities suburb of 53,760. Minnetonka’s inclusion on this list means that more than half the best places to live in the state are located in Hennepin County. If you’re looking for a more mature community, Minnetonka might be your best bet, because the median age here is 43, the highest on this list. But there’s good news for young people as well because Minnetonka’s school district has a student expenditure about 55% higher than the statewide average. That’s part of the reason why we named Minnetonka one of the best cities for families in Minnesota. All the family-friendly activities available at Purgatory Park is another reason.

Now, at $100,363/year, Minnetonka has the lowest median household income on this list. Seeing as home prices are in the same ballpark as other cities listed here, it makes sense that we named Minnetonka one of the most expensive cities in Minnesota. Don’t let that put you off though; we think Minnetonka is worth every penny.

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Population: 53,760
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $362,100
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
More on Minnetonka: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Minnetonka, MN

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Located about 45 minutes west of Minneapolis, the city of Waconia comes in as the 3rd best place in Minnesota. Waconia really outshines the competition in terms of economic success. With a ridiculously low poverty level of 2.7% and an unemployment rate of 2.1%, you’d better believe that everyone gets in on the good times in Waconia. Of the places we’ll be covering on this list, Waconia has the lowest cost of living, with an emphasis on affordable health care. Speaking of which, Waconia has the 47th highest rate of residents with health insurance in the state at 97.3%.

If you’re an outdoorsman or woman, you’ll also appreciate living beside Lake Waconia, which attracts visitors year-round for its renowned fishing. If that’s too slow-paced for you, paddling your way over to Coney Island to spot some bald eagles might be your jam.

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Population: 12,281
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $321,500
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
More on Waconia: Real Estate | Cost Of Living

Waconia, MN

We begin our tour of Minnesota’s best of the best with Edina, a suburb of the Twin Cities. Education is taken very seriously in this city of 52,215, with multiple Blue Ribbon award-winning elementary schools and a 7.5/10 average rating on GreatSchools. The graduation rate in Edina is more than 10% higher than the statewide average, so it’s no surprise that the high school dropout rate is one of the lowest in Minnesota. It’s not just the kiddos who love to learn in Edina either; over 30% of adults have at least a master’s degree.

Edina is also the most densely populated city on this list, so you know you’ll never be far from the action here. In fact, Edina residents enjoy the shortest commute of cities we’re covering here at just 21 minutes. The median household income in Edina is $108,576/year and home prices are among the priciest in the state. Meaning you might want a lucrative job lined up before committing to a mortgage.

While Edina often gets overshadowed by the Twin Cities, there’s plenty to do here as well. A local favorite is Centennial Lakes Park, complete with an 18-hole putting course, skating rink, amphitheater, and farmer’s market.

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Population: 52,215
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $501,400
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
More on Edina: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Edina, MN

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Plymouth is the largest Minneapolis-St. Paul suburb we’ll be covering, with a population of 78,879. We don’t hand out perfect 10/10 SnackAbility scores to just any place. Excellent public schools, low crime, and top-notch amenities all make Plymouth an enviable place to live. There’s so much to do at the French Regional Park that I won’t even try to list all the options, and Millenium Garden has been hailed as Plymouth’s best kept secret.

The poverty level and unemployment rate in Plymouth are both substantially lower than the national average, sitting at 3.7% and 2.3% respectively. Folks are doing pretty well for themselves in Plymouth, with a median household income of $112,631/year.

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Population: 78,879
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $368,600
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
More on Plymouth: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Plymouth, MN

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Mendota Heights, Minnesota, exists as a suburb of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, part of the largest metro complex in the state. That might make the city of 11,339 inhabitants seem like a typical urban expanse. Nope. While it does have many of the amenities of a major metropolitan area, it holds a meaningful connection to nature as well. It also serves as the number 6 top community in Minnesota.

Mendota Heights sits along two major rivers, the Mississippi and the Minnesota. This provides excellent scenic vistas and outdoor activities, whether its hiking on Pike Island or a trip to Fort Snelling State Park.

Still, living in the area gives you an exciting city experience as well. It’s 15 minutes to the center of Minneapolis. And, if you’re looking to see the wider world, it’s just over 5 minutes to the region’s busiest airport.

Given its location, Mendota Heights provides an excellent home base for commuters. As such, you’ll find many wealthy executives (and retired executives) living in the community. That leads to a relatively high median age of 47 and a hefty median income of $119,347.

All that cash floating around contributes to high home prices. The median home value sits at $402,600.

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Population: 11,339
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $402,600
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
More on Mendota Heights: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Mendota Heights, MN

From the very big Plymouth, we turn to the very small Medina, a city of 6,549 and the 7th best place to live in Minnesota. Medina might not be so little for long, though, because it’s added nearly 33% to its population since 2010, making it one of the fastest growing cities in Minnesota. And the newcomers seem to be well-educated because over 30% of Medina’s population has a master’s degree, PhD, or professional degree.

Folks don’t seem to have much trouble getting work in Medina, where the unemployment rate is under 2%. And they’re getting paid well for their time, seeing as Medina has the 4th highest median household income in Minnesota at $156,563/year. However, you pretty much need to be earning the big bucks to make it in Medina, because the cost of living here is roughly 45% higher than the national average and the highest of anywhere we’re covering on this list.

Some other perks come along with Medina. Like having Baker Park Preserve in your neighborhood for everything from golf to camping to sledding. And you don’t have to worry about getting jumped here, because Medina has the 32nd least amount of violent crime in the state. If you do get hurt though, it’s probably no big deal, since 99.4% of residents have health insurance.

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Population: 6,549
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $547,900
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
More on Medina: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Medina, MN

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Population: 13,183
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 11)
Median Home Value: $357,900
Unemployment Rate: 1.2%
More on Rogers: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Rogers, MN

Eden Prairie is one of Minneapolis’ largest suburbs, with a population of 64,481. We gave Eden Prairie a perfect 10/10 for education on our SnackAbility scale thanks to consistently high test scores and top-quality schools. It’s no accident Eden Prairie ended up with such an amazing educational system; the city spends about 15% more per student than the Minnesota average.

Eden Prairie is also known for its low crime rate, solid housing and job markets, and high percentage of college graduates. Homes in Eden Prairie go for around $374,700 and the median household income is $115,227/year. If you do decide to settle down here, you’ll never have to worry about where to go for a day out shopping, because the Mall of America is just down the road.

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Population: 64,481
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $374,700
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
More on Eden Prairie: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Eden Prairie, MN

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Population: 19,471
Rank Last Year: 23 (Up 13)
Median Home Value: $302,500
Unemployment Rate: 1.3%
More on Stillwater: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Stillwater, MN

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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 144 cities, 215 towns, and 509 small towns.

We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best cities to live in Minnesota 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.

Methodology: 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 144, 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. You can download the data here.

After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in Minnesota? That would be Chanhassen.

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 Chanhassen at the end of the cul-de-sac.

Summary: 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.

Chanhassen made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for the best place to live in Minnesota for 2022.

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. Virginia (Pop. 8,421)
  2. Bemidji (Pop. 15,277)
  3. Waite Park (Pop. 7,719)

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Where Are The Best Places To Live In Minnesota?

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Chanhassen 25,965 2.4% $400,300
2 Minnetonka 53,760 2.3% $362,100
3 Waconia 12,281 2.1% $321,500
4 Edina 52,215 3.3% $501,400
5 Plymouth 78,879 2.3% $368,600
6 Mendota Heights 11,339 2.0% $402,600
7 Medina 6,549 1.5% $547,900
8 Rogers 13,183 1.2% $357,900
9 Eden Prairie 64,481 2.9% $374,700
10 Stillwater 19,471 1.3% $302,500
11 Maple Grove 71,569 2.7% $299,700
12 Victoria 9,787 4.1% $460,200
13 Mahtomedi 8,232 3.0% $353,000
14 Delano 6,167 1.3% $266,900
15 Rosemount 24,792 3.0% $295,800
16 Champlin 24,980 2.6% $254,200
17 Byron 5,536 0.0% $235,900
18 Kasson 6,425 1.9% $192,800
19 Cottage Grove 37,120 2.9% $261,500
20 Orono 8,217 1.9% $763,700
21 St. Louis Park 48,874 2.4% $290,500
22 Corcoran 6,113 1.7% $376,700
23 Lino Lakes 21,748 2.8% $299,000
24 Albertville 7,483 1.0% $240,800
25 Lake Elmo 9,071 2.4% $433,500
26 Chaska 26,753 1.7% $290,300
27 Woodbury 71,298 3.2% $336,600
28 St. Anthony 9,035 4.0% $281,600
29 North Oaks 5,244 0.6% $672,600
30 St. Michael 17,871 3.0% $287,700
31 Savage 31,758 4.6% $326,800
32 Carver 5,438 3.4% $326,400
33 New Prague 8,022 2.8% $264,400
34 Prior Lake 26,775 2.0% $328,400
35 Minnetrista 7,989 8.6% $509,200
36 Hastings 22,796 1.7% $229,900
37 North Mankato 13,903 2.8% $207,600
38 Hugo 15,008 2.3% $262,300
39 St. Joseph 7,448 2.9% $172,200
40 Farmington 22,996 2.4% $269,500
41 Wyoming 7,976 3.9% $247,200
42 Otsego 17,429 2.1% $282,500
43 Apple Valley 53,728 3.3% $270,600
44 Dayton 6,258 1.8% $357,000
45 Shoreview 26,922 4.0% $285,500
46 Shorewood 7,939 4.5% $520,500
47 Sartell 18,439 3.6% $211,100
48 La Crescent 5,135 0.0% $190,000
49 Belle Plaine 7,137 0.8% $233,200
50 Ramsey 27,201 3.3% $264,900
51 Hermantown 9,577 2.0% $277,300
52 Lakeville 65,710 2.2% $325,400
53 Andover 33,019 1.7% $305,900
54 Stewartville 6,123 0.6% $190,100
55 Baxter 8,326 1.7% $213,200
56 Golden Valley 21,611 2.2% $329,400
57 New Ulm 13,209 2.6% $145,600
58 Mound 9,498 1.8% $255,200
59 White Bear Lake 25,718 4.7% $241,400
60 Elk River 24,894 2.6% $243,500
61 Northfield 20,399 5.4% $240,500
62 Ham Lake 16,630 2.5% $325,400
63 East Grand Forks 8,555 3.0% $205,800
64 Jordan 6,289 3.6% $245,100
65 Zimmerman 5,831 0.7% $192,100
66 Blaine 65,048 3.8% $240,700
67 Thief River Falls 8,792 2.8% $143,900
68 Litchfield 6,640 1.8% $151,500
69 New Brighton 22,663 3.7% $267,800
70 Sauk Rapids 13,926 2.9% $181,700
71 Owatonna 25,716 3.7% $171,400
72 Falcon Heights 5,586 7.8% $300,700
73 Morris 5,320 1.8% $167,200
74 Shakopee 41,423 3.5% $280,500
75 St. Paul Park 5,404 2.7% $204,800
76 Roseville 36,139 4.0% $266,100
77 Eagan 66,377 4.5% $298,700
78 Rochester 117,134 3.9% $219,400
79 Coon Rapids 62,706 4.2% $216,000
80 St. Peter 11,934 2.3% $178,000
81 Arden Hills 10,276 5.6% $296,500
82 Crystal 22,937 3.7% $211,800
83 Hutchinson 13,935 4.2% $157,200
84 Oak Grove 8,819 2.2% $309,700
85 Vadnais Heights 13,565 4.4% $243,300
86 Burnsville 61,536 4.6% $263,700
87 Crookston 7,711 3.3% $135,600
88 Mounds View 13,193 5.1% $221,600
89 Robbinsdale 14,393 4.0% $213,100
90 Bloomington 85,226 4.0% $265,700
91 Oakdale 27,925 4.9% $232,900
92 Hopkins 18,400 5.4% $251,700
93 Inver Grove Heights 35,492 3.3% $273,000
94 East Bethel 11,958 3.4% $261,900
95 New Hope 20,913 3.9% $235,600
96 Buffalo 16,413 5.4% $206,800
97 North St. Paul 12,421 4.3% $219,800
98 South St. Paul 20,132 4.8% $207,200
99 Cambridge 8,975 1.9% $167,200
100 Isanti 6,016 2.3% $190,700

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best places to live in Minnesota.

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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