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Places With The Best Housing In Minnesota 2018

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score70
  • Medina, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,633
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  • Orono, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,772
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  • Minnetrista, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,963
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  • Shorewood, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,548
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  • Victoria, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,385
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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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  • Lake Elmo, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,445
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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
81
  • 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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  • 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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  • Corcoran, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,572
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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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  • Mahtomedi, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,964
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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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  • 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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  • 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,
82
  • 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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  • 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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  • Falcon Heights, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,534
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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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  • 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
80
  • 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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  • 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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  • Golden Valley, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,040
  • Golden Valley, Minnesota is a residential suburb of Minneapolis with plenty of large lawns, parks and golf courses. It is a good place to raise a family when you work in the city. There are a few small
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  • Maple Grove, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 66,969
  • I moved to the Twin Cities when I was 22, and it didn't take me long to realize I'd made a mistake. Oh, they were nice enough - the scenery was gorgeous, and there was always plenty to do - but coming
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Oak Grove, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,334
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  • Hugo, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,223
  • I've been living in Hugo Minnesota for the last 8 years and have enjoyed the small-town atmosphere of this suburban community outside of Minneapolis Minnesota. The school systems in Hugo are really good
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  • 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
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  • Dayton, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,031
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  • Delano, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,754
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  • Forest Lake, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 19,208
  • As those before me have stated, living in a place like Forest Lake just feels like home. I have been living in Forest Lake for most of my life and one thing is for sure, I never spend a moment
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  • St. Michael, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,045
  • St. Michael, MN is one of those idyllic small towns where everybody knows everybody. Its motto is “a great place to grow” and it definitely lives up to its billing. I am a current resident there, and I
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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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  • Mound, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,306
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  • 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
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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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  • St. Anthony, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,790
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
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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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  • Bloomington, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 85,080
  • Bloomington, Minnesota, is a fun place to visit. I have been there many times in my life. I went with friends when I was single and now I go with my husband and kids. The main attraction I enjoy visiting

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.

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