Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes, is famous for not only being the home of Mall of America, but also the outdoor activities that includes hiking, camping, fishing, and even winter activities. Minnesota has a lot to offer and you’ve probably found that if you have been researching the area prior to buying a home. It offers varied cuisines with great potential for women and the arts, it has affordable housing, and great education.
However, some of us are not city people, so moving to St. Paul, Rochester, Bloomington, or the Twin Cities is probably not for you. If you’re looking to move your family to the suburbs of Minnesota, we have a list of the best suburbs to move to.
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Eden Prairie was named ‘The Best Place to Live in America’ by CNN’s Money Magazine. Why? Well there are many reasons why they won this title. There are more than 170 miles of multi-purpose trails and over 2,200 local businesses. If you’re a Minnesota Vikings fan, this is the suburb where their headquarters resides!
Not only is Eden Prairie influential when it comes to the local economy, it also has one of the highest graduation rates in the area as well as one of the lowest unemployment rates.
With a multitude of award-winning restaurants, a super-regional shopping center, top-ranked schools, and a boatload of entertainment and lifestyle options, it’s no wonder 93% of residents rate the quality of life here above average in the city’s biennial Quality of Life Survey.
If you are a laid back person that loves a warm and friendly small town feel, this is the suburb for you.
- Population: 63,161 (2021)
- Unemployment rate: 1.6% (Nov. 2022)
- Median Home Price: $547,387
- Median Rent: $1,664/month
- Grocery Prices: 5% lower than the national average
Chanhassen is one of the best places to live in Minnesota. There are a lot of parks, top-rated school district, great job opportunities, relatively affordable housing, and plenty of things to do.
The word must have gone around about Chanhassen, as the population continues to grow. It has grown 13% since 2010 – more than the U.S. (7.4%) and Minnesota (7.6%), although less than Carver County as a whole (17%).
As far as the school districts go, Minnetonka Public Schools are leaders in language immersion and coding eduction, and offer students tracks in business, health sciences, or trade skills such as car repair.
Residents also love the access to nature. Lake Ann, where locals swim in the summer and ice fish in the winter, is one of the most popular lakes for residents. However, the favorite is the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, which boasts 32 distinct gardens, 95 miles of bike paths, and all the nature you need.
- Population: 26,037 (2021)
- Unemployment rate: 1.5% (Nov. 2022)
- Median Home Price: $348,100
- Median Rent Price: $1,461/month
Edina is known for its shopping and dining, parks and recreational facilities, and overall quality of life for residents. It sits in a great location, just a few minutes’ drive from downtown Minneapolis and easily reachable from multiple highways and freeways.
Home to a number of acclaimed eateries, boutiques, and an annual Art Fair, Edina is a great place if you’re looking for entertainment. No matter the season, there’s always activities available for you and your family. Between hiking, biking, fishing, canoeing, and swimming, there are more than 40 parks and recreation areas around to have a blast. If you’re more of a winter activity person, you can find cross-country skiing, ice skating, and anything you can think of.
It is also home to world-class public and private schools. The public school is consistently ranked among the top 2% in the country!
If this sounds like the right suburb for you, it’s time to make the move.
- Population: 53,318 (2021)
- Unemployment Rate: 1.7% (Nov. 2022)
- Median Home Price: $642,908
- Median Rent: $2,056/month
Minnetonka is one of the larger suburbs in the Minneapolis area. It offers a plethora of opportunity for both business and relaxation. If you love water sports – you’re in luck because you can find swimming, boating, and fishing at Lake Minnetonka.
Minnetonka has a uniquely beautiful landscape, three top-ranked public school districts, a regional shopping center, year-round recreational activities, an eclectic housing stock, and a host of thriving businesses. You know the saying, “happiness makes the world go around?” Well, happiness definitely makes Minnetonka go around.
- Population: 53,266 (2021)
- Unemployment Rate: 1.6% (Nov. 2022)
- Median Home Price: $495,635
- Median Rent: $2,157/month
Have you ever driven through a town and said out loud, “this is such a cute town?” That’s what you’ll do when you move to Lakeville. It is located in the southern part of Dakota County, and offers plenty of things to do.
From the scenic Lake Marion to the historic Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve, Lakeville offers anything your heart desires. Residents love enjoying outdoor activities at Terrace Oaks West Park or Bush Lake Beach, and they thrive on their excellent schools, great businesses, and endless activities.
- Population: 72,812 (2021)
- Unemployment Rate: 3.5% (Nov. 2022)
- Median Home Price: $441,000
- Median Rent: $1,739/month
Rogers is a great place to live, and many people are catching wind of that. They have seen a rapid growth of population over the past two decades and continues to thrive. It’s also the center of employment and commerce, boasting more than 10,000 jobs and a citywide median household income toward the top of the Twin Cities Metro area.
From shopping and exploring the outdoors, to having children that enjoy playing sports, Rogers is an all-around great area to move to.
If you do, in fact, have children that love to play sports – there are 452 acres of park land that includes 14 playgrounds, a Senior Center, a Community Room, an Activity Center, and over 20 multipurpose play fields that include, 17 baseball/softball fields, and 35.9 miles of trails, paths, and sidewalks.
If you’re ready to make the move to Rogers, let’s get started!
- Population: 13,398 (2021)
- Unemployment Rate: 4.2% (2021)
- Median Home Price: $392,300
- Median Rent: $1,687/month
Plymouth is one of the most populated suburbs in the Twin Cities region with over 70,000 residents. Living here is a bit more expensive than most, with an above average cost of living and median home price. However, you get what you pay for. Plymouth offers great public schools, has low crime rates, and is only 15 minutes away from Minneapolis.
Residents say the price tag is worth it, especially when you have access to beautiful lakes and rolling terrain that provides your home with a gorgeous, natural backdrop.
Some of the favorited places in Plymouth are the Hilde Performance Center and the Basset Creek Park, as well as plenty of restaurants, and a lot of shopping at the Tanger Outlets.
- Population: 79,828 (2021)
- Unemployment Rate: 1.7% (Nov. 2022)
- Median Home Price: $387,800
- Median Rent: $1,473
Golden Valley, Minnesota
Known around the Twin Cities region has the home to companies like General Mills and Pentair, Golden Valley, Minnesota is one suburb that makes it easy to live a corporate lifestyle without the stress of being in a huge city.
Although it may have the corporate lifestyle present, it is a western and first-ring suburb of Minneapolis in Hennepin County. It’s mostly residential and bordered by U.S. Highway 12. Over 15% of the area is taken up by parks or nature reserves.
So, this is a great place for an entrepreneur or corporate business man/women that also enjoys the suburb life and kicks back in nature on weekends.
- Population: 21,942 (2021)
- Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
- Median Home Price: $512,426
- Median Rent: $1,894/month
Delano is a smaller-sized suburb, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t offer a lot! Thanks to the smaller size, it’s one of the most affordable options in the Minneapolis area.
Delano is noted for its very strong public school system, boasting good high graduation rates and above average testing scores.
For things to do, there are plenty. Delano holds some of the best waters in the state for fishing, which can be found at Crow River, and they also hold the largest and oldest Fourth of July celebration!
If you’re looking for a small town with vibrant local culture and a great place to raise a family, Delano is your best bet.
- Population: 6,638 (2021)
- Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
- Median Home Price: $278,700
- Median Rent: $934/month
If you’re an outdoorsy person, Victoria is the place for you. It’s nicknamed, “City of Lakes and Parks,” so you can imagine how many activities and opportunities there are available.
With over 400 acres of reserved land, nine lakes, 13 parks, and the Carver Park Reserve, there’s plenty of free space outside to enjoy on a sunny day.
Victoria has a small-town charm on the suburban-rural edge of the Twin Cities Metro are while focusing on preserving their natural amenities. Their connection to the community boasts from Concerts in the Park to the winter lighting event that they host every year.
Victoria is one of the best places to live in Minnesota, for sure. If this sounds like it’ll fit your lifestyle, let’s start moving!
- Population: 11,042 (2021)
- Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
- Median Home Price: $583,322
- Median Rent: $1,474/month
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If you’re interested in moving to the Twin Cities area but not IN the city, these 10 suburbs are the best in the state. They’re each a truly diverse community that has opportunities for both young families, retirees, and more. Living in the suburb of cities allow you to live in a quiet, relaxing home, while also being able to work in the city with short commute. So, it’s needless to say that there are plenty of employment opportunities available.
Between hundreds of dining options, many parks, great schools, and entertainment of all kinds to go around – any of these suburbs would make a great choice if you’re looking to move to the area.
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