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Best Places To Live In Minnesota 2018

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  • Eden Prairie, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 63,206
  • I'm a city girl, so the years I lived in Eden Prairie, in a townhouse on a sometimes frozen pond, were a big change of pace. It's one of the larger Minneapolis suburbs, at more than 60,000 people. As
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  • Falcon Heights, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,534
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  • Shorewood, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,548
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  • Chanhassen, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 24,796
  • I have been living in Chanhassen for a while and it's a cozy little city to live in. The local schools are pretty good which makes it an ideal choice if you have children. The city itself is reasonably
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  • Champlin, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,929
  • I enthusiastically welcomed living in Champlin Minnesota, the hometown place for hometown people. The town is a large suburb of Minneapolis and is in Hennepin County. Champlin runs along the famous
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  • North Mankato, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,451
  • North Mankato is a small suburban town located within Nicollet County that houses about 13,000 residents. The cost of living is not bad, the average income for this area is about $55,000 with the median
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  • Edina, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 49,976
  • I visited Edina, Minnesota a couple of years ago to visit one of my family members. I noticed that Edina was a mid-sized city, far from being a metropolis, but was comprised had of a lot of interesting
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  • Woodbury, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 66,699
  • I moved to Woodbury, MN in 2009. I lived there for about 4 months. I had a sick relative that resulted in me having to live in the area for a short period of time. While living there I really did enjoy
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  • Victoria, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,385
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  • St. Anthony, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,790
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  • Mahtomedi, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,964
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  • Stillwater, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 19,142
  • I've been living in Stillwater for 8 years and have enjoyed the small town environment and unique shopping culture of this city. The school systems in Stillwater are excellent and my kids enjoy the
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  • Mendota Heights, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,231
  • Living in Mandota Heights is practically like living right in the Twin Cities, except way less crowded and insane. Don't get me wrong, I love all the hustle and bustle of the cities, all they have to
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  • Northfield, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,405
  • Living in Northfield is a very relaxing change from the big city. Cows, colleges and contentment is the theme of Northfield, Minnesota because its culture is dominated by two colleges: Carleton and Saint
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  • Chaska, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,078
  • I have been living here in Chaska for years now and think it's a great small city. It is fairly close to Minneapolis so when it comes to career and education, you will have a lot of opportunities. The
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  • New Prague, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,534
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  • Rogers, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,284
  • I love playing golf every week while living in Rogers Minnesota. The weather is perfect for golf in the summer time however it is hard to play in winter. The schools in Rogers are excellent. The staff,
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  • Albertville, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,286
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  • Savage, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 29,399
  • I lived in Savage for a few years. The city has very easy access to major freeways and convenient public transportation. Downtown Minneapolis is only 20 miles from Savage which makes it a great city to
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  • Eagan, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 65,874
  • I went to Eagan to visit family and we soon found much to do. The most interesting was the entertainment from the cultural arts. There are always chances to celebrate in Eagan there are many chances to
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  • Prior Lake, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 24,997
  • Prior Lake is an upscale town not too far from Minneapolis. The town is fairly expensive and has a high standard of living, but it's a bit lacking in terms of shopping and entertainment. For those
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  • Plymouth, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 75,105
  • I have always enjoyed going to Plymouth and I try to go as often as I can. The city boasts nature reserves, parks and golf courses, so there is plenty to do if you are the outdoor-sy type like me. The
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  • Minnetonka, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 51,651
  • I lived in Minnetonka for three years before I moved back to New York City. During my experience there, there was always a lot to do in Minnetonka. On top of that, Minnetonka is only 8 miles west of
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  • Arden Hills, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,126
  • Arden Hills is a great place to call home. This community has a terrific school district, is family friendly, and very proactive in having events like free live concerts in the park and parades, street
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  • Andover, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 31,906
  • If you're looking for enjoyable activities that are great for everyone in the family, Andover, MN is the place to be. There are lots of opportunities for fun all year round. Bunker Beach Water Park is
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  • Farmington, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,226
  • I have lived in Farmington for 7 years. I feel like I am living in a small town suburb. It is only about 25 miles away from the Twin Cities yet, I am still close to everything I need. I can reach a store
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  • St. Louis Park, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 47,486
  • Lived in this city for 15 years great city. But got ripped off on my water and trash bill when I moved out. I was charged as if I was living there for about 40 days and was not. My family and I bought a
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  • Waconia, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,523
  • I experienced a fantastic livelihood while living in Waconia Minnesota. The city is in Carver County. Waconia is close to Victoria Minnesota. The township has 5 stellar public schools and 2 progressive
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  • Sartell, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,442
  • Sartell, Minnesota is a small city located a few hours northwest of Minneapolis situated along the Mississippi River. Sartell is home to an excellent public school system with great ratings, along with a
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  • Lakeville, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 59,786
  • I have lived in Lakeville, Minnesota for over 23 years. At that time, we were searching for an affordable house with a nice yard and good schools. Luckily, when we bought our house, we also got a strong
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  • Orono, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,772
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  • Mound, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,306
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  • Lake Elmo, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,445
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  • St. Joseph, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,775
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  • Rochester, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 111,396
  • I have visited Rochester, MN on several occasions to visit the Mayo Clinic. There are many other attractions in Rochester other than some of the worlds best medical facilities. The city is surrounded by
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  • Rosemount, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,099
  • Rosemount is a little gem of a city that I very much enjoy living in. The city itself has a nice blend of affluent neighborhoods, clean public parks and a couple shopping centers with mom and pop shops.
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  • Lino Lakes, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,758
  • Lino Lakes, Minnesota is an outer-ring suburb located to the northeast of Minneapolis/St. Paul. The city is very vibrant and independent when considering it is a suburb. The city also has an excellent
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  • Cottage Grove, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 35,632
  • Cottage Grove has lots of things to do, especially if you're looking for fun, family-friendly activities. There are parks to choose from, including Washington County Ravine Regional Park, which has lots
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  • Apple Valley, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 50,602
  • I resided in Apple Valley Minnesota for about a year. While I was there I found plenty to do. It is a great place to live and raise children. I wouldn't have left if it wasn't necessary for my husband's
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  • Belle Plaine, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,892
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  • Marshall, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,616
  • Marshall, Minnesota is a small family oriented town just three hours from twin cities. The layout is unique, it has a country and city atmosphere. The economy is blooming and unemployment is down 3.6%
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  • Wyoming, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,785
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  • New Brighton, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,233
  • Taking into account how many cities there are in the United State, let alone the world, you would find it hard to believe that a place as unique as New Brighton exists. One thing about the way things
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  • Ham Lake, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,878
  • I chose to move to Ham Lake because of the yard size and the proximity of the neighbors. It's nice to have some privacy in the yard compared to being so close to neighbors. It's not unusual to get over
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  • Delano, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,754
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  • Elk River, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,743
  • I lived in Elk River for nearly two years and I have nothing but good things to say about the town. Elk River is a perfectly located small town of around 22,000 people. It is right in between larger
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  • Ramsey, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,329
  • Living in Ramsey is ok in some ways, but lacking in others. The enjoyable part of it is that it is a small, peaceful city that isn't too busy or hectic. It's well suited for older generations or people
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  • Vadnais Heights, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,115
  • Living in Vadnais Heights, MN means a lot of things for different people. We have a decently low crime rate and cost of living can be kind of high dependent on area of choice, space size, and other
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  • Lake City, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,111
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  • Dayton, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,031

Minnesota: Untouched Wilderness

Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes. There are even more than that number statewide, but it is a good indicator that nature-lovers will enjoy life in this northern state. The miles of untouched wilderness and forest in the Arrowhead region, the gorgeous drives up the North Shore to Canada, and the rolling hills of the farmland in the south are all attractive reasons to live in Minnesota. The people in Minnesota are also welcoming and friendly, and rental prices are low compared to the rest of the United States.

If you’re looking for small town life, many of the small towns in the far north of the state are a good choice. The larger towns of Hibbing, Eveleth, and Ely near the Canadian border are all places with good infrastructure and medical care. Ely is one of the best places in Minnesota where you can interact with the wilderness. It is located at the gateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Motorized craft are not allowed on the waterways of this pristine forest reserve.

Some people prefer a place that is in between a small town and a big city. Duluth is one of the best places to live in Minnesota. Its beautiful layout on Lake Superior is reminiscent of San Francisco with its hills that descend into the water. The 22-mile sandy beach called Park Point by the locals is a great place to spend the summer. There’s a thriving indie music scene and some of the best bars in the state call Duluth home. Duluth is also at the center of shipping as the last inland port in the United States, where you can see the ships enter the harbor from all over the world.

For those who cannot live without the excitement of the metropolis, the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are some of the best places to live in Minnesota. Hip and trendy, these cities boast a diverse and vibrant population of artists and start-ups along with a successful business community. There are world-class restaurants and shows as well as concerts every night of the year in the Twin Cities. The Minneapolis-St. Paul airport offers direct flights all over the world.

Minnesota’s climate can be difficult to handle for newcomers. Summers are very hot and humid with temperatures into the 90’s. The winters are famously cold and snowy, with towns like Embarrass and International Falls winning the yearly ‘Icebox of America’ prizes in the United States. If you like a challenge and don’t mind long winters then Minnesota is the place for you.

Minnesota offers a variety of interesting opportunities for the people living there. AreaVibes can help you narrow down your options for finding the best places to live in Minnesota. Minnesota is a place where nature and modern life coexist. Locals often say that anyone who survives one winter in Minnesota is a Minnesotan, because that’s all you really need to do to earn your stripes.