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Places With The Best Housing In Minnesota 2018

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  • Belle Plaine, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,892
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  • St. Francis, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,377
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  • Wyoming, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,785
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  • Byron, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,191
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  • Zimmerman, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,330
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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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  • 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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  • Mound, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,306
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  • 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
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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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  • 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
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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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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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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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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Spring Lake Park, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,519
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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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  • 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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  • Hastings, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,501
  • Now don't get me wrong, it isn't my fault that there isn't anything to do here. I know that living in Hastings means that you have to be ready to be great and all, but I clearly missed the memo on the
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  • St. Paul Park, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,352
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  • Jordan, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,981
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  • 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
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  • 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
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Albertville, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,286
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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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  • 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
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  • New Prague, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,534
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  • Minneapolis, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 404,670
  • Beware of this place. It not like the rest of the country. People here will recoil from you if you express any emotion, or opinion or light any fire of enthusiasm. Conversation here is on the surface,
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  • Litchfield, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,667
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  • 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
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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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  • 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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  • 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
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  • Delano, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,754
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  • Isanti, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,453
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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

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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