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Places With The Best Housing In Minnesota 2020

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score86
  • Belle Plaine, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,892
75
  • St. Francis, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,377
83
  • Wyoming, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,785
80
  • Byron, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,191
79
  • Zimmerman, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,330
77
  • East Bethel, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,618
  • I've enjoyed the quiet surroundings of living in East Bethel. I truly enjoy the tremendous neighborly environment of the people that live here. I love the quiet, removed, and laid-back approach that the…[read more]
80
  • 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…[read more]
87
  • 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…[read more]
76
  • Mound, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,306
83
  • Blaine, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 61,210
  • Blaine encompasses 34 square miles of land and home to many attractions and entertainment venues. I have been living here since 2009 and find it interesting every day of my life. The weather is not that…[read more]
93
  • 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…[read more]
70
  • Mounds View, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,708
  • I have lived here my entire life, and I'm itching to leave. Living in Mounds View is like constantly sleeping the day away. It feels like the town has no purpose or drive behind it. Things are poorly…[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]
76
  • Fridley, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,447
  • I've lived in Fridley for more than a decade and I absolutely love it. It's right next to Minneapolis and sits on the Mississippi River. The town has been around for a couple of hundred years, so it has…[read more]
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]
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]
83
  • 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…[read more]
75
  • Brooklyn Park, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 78,823
  • Brooklyn Park, MN is a beautiful place to live. I have lived here for over 20 years. What keeps me living here is the beautiful "country like" feeling of the community. I enjoy the relaxing atmosphere…[read more]
79
  • Crystal, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,777
  • Crystal offers so many activities that are fun for all members of the family. There are unique attractions that you won't find anywhere else to make a day in the city memorable, especially if you're…[read more]
81
  • Coon Rapids, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 62,159
  • About five years ago I started my annual visits to Coon Rapids. This small city offers fun and excitement in a friendly atmosphere. In Coon Rapids you will see decorative lighting and a newly enhanced…[read more]
79
  • Inver Grove Heights, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 34,757
  • Inver Grove Heights is a good choice for a city if you don't mind a little commuting to Minneapolis, as it's a little bit outside the city. I've been living in Inver Grove Heights for a couple years now…[read more]
80
  • Monticello, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,214
  • My family and I live in Monticello, Minnesota and we absolutely love living in Monticello, Minnesota. This community is a small town and everyone seems to know everybody. If you have a flat tire on the…[read more]
77
  • Otsego, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,065
  • Otsego, Minnesota is located an hour or so northwest of the twin cities region. It boasts an excellent public school system with a low student to teacher ratio. The housing in the area is excellent, with…[read more]
80
  • Hopkins, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,077
  • First off, let me start by saying this will be a very unbiased review, although living in Hopkins gives me a bit of an advantage here. When you first approach the city, you'll notice we are surrounded by…[read more]
75
  • Spring Lake Park, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,519
80
  • Shakopee, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 39,656
  • I've lived in Shakopee all my life. I didn't really appreciate all my town had to offer when I was growing up. Who does, though? Now that I'm an adult, living in the small town of Shakopee is pretty…[read more]
83
  • 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…[read more]
79
  • Hastings, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,501
  • Ive lived here my whole life and i strongly dislike it. extremely boring, very unsafe as theres 4+ halfway homes within a 1 mile radius of my home, with 3 kids living here, i find it veeeery unnerving…[read more]
81
  • St. Paul Park, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,352
81
  • Jordan, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,981
71
  • West St. Paul, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 19,779
  • West St. Paul, Minnesota is located just south of St. Paul and is southeast of Minneapolis. The city is considered by locals to be a great option for raising a family, as the crime rates are low and the…[read more]
81
  • North Branch, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,157
  • Calling North Branch, Minnesota home has been wonderful so far. This is a small-town and it definitely feels like it. Many people here have lived here their entire life and they welcome newbies into the…[read more]
82
  • 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…[read more]
85
  • 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…[read more]
87
  • 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…[read more]
69
  • St. Paul, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 297,160
  • I travelled to St. Paul MN in September 2011 with my husband for a friend's wedding. We stayed at the St. Paul Hotel, which is also where the wedding took place. This was a beautifully restored historic…[read more]
82
  • Anoka, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,325
  • Anoka, Minnesota is a suburb of Minneapolis located to the north of the city. Anoka is the ideal suburban community with a mixture of family-friendliness and a welcoming spirit that leaves residents…[read more]
86
  • Albertville, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,286
80
  • 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…[read more]
84
  • Bloomington, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 85,080
  • Truly one of the best malls ever is here, Mall of America. This mall is so good and so big, it has an indoor theme park (I know, Nickelodeon Universe as a theme park in the MoA is silly because it’s…[read more]
88
  • New Prague, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,534
66
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 404,670
  • One of the best cities in the midwest part of the USA, and it's "the land of 10,000 lakes" (hey, they don't call it "the land if 10,000 lakes" for nothing!), even though the weather here is quite…[read more]
86
  • White Bear Lake, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 24,992
  • I love White Bear. It's a great community with a great sense of community pride. There isn't much to do here unless you enjoy just being outside when it's nice. People are always out walking with their…[read more]
83
  • Litchfield, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,667
83
  • Shoreview, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 26,161
  • Shoreview is a great town to live in and has the best of all worlds; easy access to the Twin Cities for great career opportunities, and wonderful country visages and a great deer population for hunting…[read more]
84
  • 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…[read more]
76
  • Maplewood, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 39,678
  • I moved to Maplewood a few years back. I was worried I would regret moving to a smaller town, but I haven't doubted my decision once. The town itself has about 40,000 residents; just enough to have great…[read more]
84
  • Delano, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,754
84
  • 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…[read more]
80
  • Isanti, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,453

Housing is one of the most important factors when deciding where to live in Minnesota. Housing prices continue to rise, but there are still some deals to be had. When searching for a new home, you want to ensure that home prices in that area are appreciating, but you also need to ensure that the home prices will fit within you budget. AreaVibes used science and data to create a list of the best cities in Minnesota to buy a new home with a population over 5,000 people.

The cities listed above have been chosen as the best places to buy a new home in Minnesota as they have seen high appreciation rates combined with a solid income to home price affordability ratio. High appreciation rates are a good indicator that the home will continue to increase in value, while the affordability ratio ensure that homes in that area are affordable based on the median household income to home price ratio.

To further narrow your search results for the best places to purchase a new home in Minnesota, you can use the filters. Start by selecting cities and/or neighborhoods, city size based on population, categories (amenities, crime, cost of living, education, employment and weather) as well as home/rent prices to ensure that the cities fall within your budget.