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Places With The Lowest Cost Of Living In Minnesota 2020

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  • International Falls, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,226
  • I am a man in my mid fifties, former military, and have lived in every time zone in the lower 48 states. If you like small city living and can tolerate EXTREMELY COLD WINTERS, this place is a genuine…[read more]
73
  • Crookston, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,814
78
  • Thief River Falls, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,726
74
  • Worthington, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,036
  • Living in Worthington, MN means a lot of things depending on what you're looking for. The crime rate is decently low which is awesome and always a consideration, I believe, when deciding to move to a new…[read more]
75
  • Albert Lea, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,775
  • There are no jobs. The schooling sucks. If you wanna move go to Bryon. They have amazing schools and are right next to great jobs. Albert Lea is the worst. Our high school has one star on SchoolDigger.…[read more]
73
  • Austin, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 24,841
  • Austin might be a little off the beaten path, but it is a nice small city that has a fair amount that it can offer its residents. It's quite affordable to buy a home here, even though there might not be…[read more]
75
  • Redwood Falls, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,086
86
  • 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%…[read more]
69
  • Fairmont, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,311
  • If you'll be visiting the Fairmont area soon, you can start planning your vacation now with engaging and fascinating activities that you and your loved ones can take advantage of. Gomsrud Park is one…[read more]
78
  • Fergus Falls, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,310
  • I lived in Fergus Falls, Minnesota for 16 years. This small town is located in West Central Minnesota, just 25 miles from the border of North Dakota and 175 miles from Minneapolis. Fergus Falls is a…[read more]
75
  • Waseca, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,267
85
  • New Ulm, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,279
  • Living in New Ulm is great for a beer lover like me. There is an awesome brewery right in town that is an interesting part of the city's culture and history. New Ulm has a lot of history in general. The…[read more]
65
  • Virginia, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,594
80
  • Montevideo, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,207
64
  • Bemidji, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,664
  • I love Bemidji because of the low cost of living, different amenities, education options, and the friendly community. One of the best things about living in Bemidji is that we are right on Lake Bemidji…[read more]
75
  • Glencoe, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,535
75
  • Faribault, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,530
  • Despite being a little far from a big city, Faribault is a fun place to live. I've been here a while and enjoy it a lot. It's a bit of a drive from Minneapolis so if you're craving an urban lifestyle,…[read more]
70
  • East Grand Forks, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,636
  • I have to say that living in the Grand forks North Dakota / East Grand forks Minnesota area has got to be the worst place a person could possibly reside. there are barely any stores this whole place is a…[read more]
74
  • Hibbing, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,230
  • I experienced an enriched lifestyle while living in Hibbing Minnesota. The city is in Saint Louis County. Hibbing is close to Aurora and Grand Rapids Minnesota. This is a rural town that offers a lot of…[read more]
82
  • Kasson, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,143
75
  • Winona, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,372
  • I have lived in this town most of my life. The people are not friendly, the wages are very low, you have to go to La Crosse, WI which is 30 miles away for any kind of shopping, restaurants, nightlife…[read more]
85
  • Owatonna, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,580
  • Living here isn't bad, but finding a job is near impossible right now. The cost of living is low, but I think the unemployment here is nearly 4% and I have some friends who are looking with no luck. The…[read more]
71
  • Brainerd, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,440
  • Living in Brainerd is nice. Life here moves along at a snails pace, and that's just how I like it. We like to have good, clean, fun here. We value community and family above all else. Every year we hold…[read more]
78
  • Stewartville, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,062
80
  • Detroit Lakes, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,060
71
  • Little Falls, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,682
76
  • Mankato, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 40,900
  • I grew up on the East Side of Mankato, if you are looking for schools in the area Loyola and Mankato West are great options. This town is home to some 15,000+ college students from September-May and it…[read more]
78
  • Lake City, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,111
81
  • Moorhead, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 41,321
  • Moorhead is a beautiful little city in Minnesota that I feel privileged to live in. The town is all for creating natural beauty and being kind to the environment. There are special programs set up in the…[read more]
84
  • Rochester, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 111,396
  • We moved her for my husband's job 1 year ago based on its ranking as "one of the best cities to live in". Rochester has been a HUGE let down from everything ranging from healthcare to general "feel" and…[read more]
83
  • Litchfield, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,667
76
  • St. Peter, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,567
  • My family and I have appreciated our lifestyle while living in St Peter. The welcoming spirit in this small town is infectious. St Peter is full of culture and history. History is a big part of the…[read more]
92
  • 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…[read more]
65
  • Willmar, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 19,641
  • Willmar, Minnesota is located near the Lake Traverse Reservation just a few hours west of Minneapolis. It's a quaint small town with rural charm. Willmar has an excellent public school system and is…[read more]
86
  • Belle Plaine, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,892
80
  • Isanti, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,453
77
  • Cambridge, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,383
75
  • Grand Rapids, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,053
  • For anyone looking for the quintessential all-American living experience, Grand Rapids, Minnesota is the place you're looking for. I have been living in Grand Rapids for over a decade and it is without a…[read more]
76
  • Cloquet, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,047
  • This city may be cold but it is quite nice and has plenty of things to do. Crime is low and weather in summer is like 70 or so. But winter about…[read more]
65
  • Waite Park, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,371
74
  • Hutchinson, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,891
  • I have been living in Hutchinson, MN for three years now. I’ll be graduating from the community college here, Ridgewater College. Hutchinson is quite a small town but does lack diversity. You have the…[read more]
82
  • Sauk Rapids, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,334
  • St. Rapids, Minnesota used to be a small town that over time grew into a large town. It has a unique Midwestern atmosphere that I embrace. The downtime area is where most of the excitement takes place.…[read more]
68
  • St. Cloud, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 66,770
  • If you are looking for a relaxing secluded getaway, St. Cloud, MN is the place for you. I have taken several weekend vacations to St. Cloud for the relaxing atmosphere. It is a rather quaint town that…[read more]
65
  • Brooklyn Center, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 30,785
  • This used to be a nice place 30 years ago. Now, I see litter everywhere, they couldn't keep a mall open because of all the shoplifting (I used to work at Brookdale.) There used to be stores like St.…[read more]
65
  • Morris, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,343
72
  • Duluth, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 86,164
  • Having lived in Minneapolis for the last four years, I've spent a lot of time in the city of Duluth. Although many may expect it to be a dying industrial town covered in soot from the processing of iron…[read more]
77
  • Red Wing, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,484
  • Red Wing, Minnesota is a small city just a few hours southeast of Minneapolis. The city shares a border with Wisconsin along the Mississippi River. Red Wing was once more of a thriving small town with a…[read more]
79
  • St. Joseph, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,775
80
  • Alexandria, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,185
  • I've been living in Alexandra for two years and have enjoyed the beautiful lakes and natural scenery of this small town. Alexandra has beautiful communities with very friendly people and my family have…[read more]
77
  • South St. Paul, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,281
  • South St. Paul is a southern suburb of the city of St. Paul that is situated along the Mississippi River. The city itself is beautiful, with nature lining most of the city's river bank. This is…[read more]

Finding an affordable place to live in Minnesota is not always an easy task. While housing prices continue to rebound and general goods and services continue to rise, it feels like affordable living could be a thing of the past. Luckily, there are still some cities in Minnesota that qualify as affordable. Using science and data, AreaVibes has compiled a list of the most affordable places to live in Minnesota. These cities have the lowest cost of living in all of Minnesota.

Listed above are the most affordable places to live in Minnesota with a population of more than 5,000 people. To calculate the most affordable cities in Minnesota, the cost of living index for each city was calculated, then compared to the national average of 100. The cost of living index takes into account the following categories: goods and services, groceries, health care, housing, transportation and utilities.

To customize your list of affordable places to live in Minnesota, you can adjust the filters to meet your needs. This will allow you to select the city size (population) as well as what other categories (amenities, crime, education, employment, housing and weather) might be important to you. Finally, you are also able to select your home or rental price range to ensure that the cities on your list fit your budget.