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Places With The Lowest Cost Of Living In Minnesota 2018

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score73
  • Albert Lea, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,775
  • Albert Lea, Minnesota is a smaller city located just a few hours south of Minneapolis. The town is a relatively safe community, though petty crime has risen in recent years which is most likely due to
71
  • 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
69
  • International Falls, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,226
67
  • Crookston, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,814
60
  • Virginia, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,594
76
  • Montevideo, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,207
67
  • Worthington, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,036
75
  • Thief River Falls, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,726
69
  • Redwood Falls, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,086
72
  • 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
68
  • 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
77
  • Marshall, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,616
70
  • 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
73
  • Waseca, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,267
63
  • 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
61
  • 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
74
  • Little Falls, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,682
74
  • New Ulm, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,279
75
  • Stewartville, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,062
74
  • 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
72
  • Glencoe, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,535
76
  • Litchfield, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,667
77
  • 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
67
  • 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
71
  • 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,
76
  • Kasson, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,143
75
  • 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
76
  • Lake City, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,111
71
  • Grand Rapids, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,053
67
  • 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
58
  • Waite Park, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,371
69
  • 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
74
  • Detroit Lakes, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,060
74
  • Sauk Rapids, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,334
64
  • 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
76
  • East Grand Forks, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,636
75
  • 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
74
  • Morris, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,343
68
  • 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
75
  • Isanti, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,453
67
  • Cambridge, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,383
74
  • 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
78
  • St. Joseph, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,775
75
  • Alexandria, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,185
72
  • 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
74
  • St. Peter, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,567
64
  • 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.
82
  • North Mankato, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,451
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  • Big Lake, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,393
  • I call Big Lake, Minnesota home and am so glad that I get to raise my family here. This area is located close to Big Lake and Mitchell Lake. This small community is within an hour drive time of the city
71
  • Zimmerman, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,330

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.