Best places to live in Minnesota

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Best places to live in Minnesota

What do you look for in an ideal town? Proximity to trails, lakes, and beaches? How about top-ranked schools for your children? Would you like a professional or college sports team nearby, or do you prefer museums and art walks?

Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in Minnesota using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather.

On the list, there’s a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks. Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.

#10. Minnetonka
- Population: 53,025
- Median home value: $347,900 (69% own)
- Median rent: $1,428 (31% rent)
- Median household income: $95,630
- Top public schools: Minnetonka Senior High School (A+), Wayzata High School (A+), Eagle Ridge Academy (A+)
- Top private schools: Notre Dame Academy, Step By Step Montessori Schools of Wayzata, Academy of Whole Learning

#9. Mendota Heights
- Population: 11,289
- Median home value: $392,600 (89% own)
- Median rent: $1,127 (11% rent)
- Median household income: $121,214
- Top public schools: Somerset Elementary School (A-), Mendota Elementary School (A-), Henry Sibley High School (A-)
- Top private schools: Saint Thomas Academy (A+), Visitation School (A+), Brightmont Academy - Mendota Heights Campus

#8. Plymouth
- Population: 78,134
- Median home value: $351,700 (71% own)
- Median rent: $1,355 (29% rent)
- Median household income: $105,958
- Top public schools: Wayzata High School (A+), Kimberly Lane Elementary School (A+), Wayzata East Middle School (A+)
- Top private schools: Providence Academy (A+), Fourth Baptist Christian School (A), West Lutheran High School (B+)

#7. Chanhassen
- Population: 25,657
- Median home value: $381,300 (88% own)
- Median rent: $1,378 (12% rent)
- Median household income: $124,125
- Top public schools: Minnetonka Senior High School (A+), Minnetonka Middle School West (A+), Minnewashta Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: St. Hubert Catholic School (A-), Chapel Hill Academy, Children of Tomorrow

#6. Shorewood
- Population: 7,867
- Median home value: $485,300 (95% own)
- Median rent: $1,639 (5% rent)
- Median household income: $139,956
- Top public schools: Minnetonka Senior High School (A+), Wayzata High School (A+), Minnetonka Middle School East (A+)
- Top private schools: Our Savior Lutheran School

#5. Shoreview
- Population: 26,791
- Median home value: $275,800 (83% own)
- Median rent: $1,214 (17% rent)
- Median household income: $92,826
- Top public schools: Mounds View Senior High School (A+), Chippewa Middle School (A), Turtle Lake Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: St. Odilia Parish School, Oak Hill Montessori School, Lexington Avenue KinderCare

#4. Edina
- Population: 51,746
- Median home value: $476,300 (71% own)
- Median rent: $1,404 (29% rent)
- Median household income: $104,244
- Top public schools: Edina Senior High School (A+), Eden Prairie Senior High School (A+), Creek Valley Elementary School (A+)
- Top private schools: Avail Academy - Edina, Step By Step Montessori Schools of Edina, Golden Years Montessori School

#3. Lauderdale
- Population: 2,514
- Median home value: $206,100 (47% own)
- Median rent: $988 (53% rent)
- Median household income: $53,684
- Top public schools: Roseville Area Senior High School (A-), Parkview Center School (B+), Brimhall Elementary School (B+)

#2. Falcon Heights
- Population: 5,571
- Median home value: $293,400 (56% own)
- Median rent: $1,062 (44% rent)
- Median household income: $75,660
- Top public schools: Roseville Area Senior High School (A-), Falcon Heights Elementary School (A-), Parkview Center School (B+)

#1. Eden Prairie
- Population: 64,179
- Median home value: $368,100 (73% own)
- Median rent: $1,402 (27% rent)
- Median household income: $111,981
- Top public schools: Minnetonka Senior High School (A+), Eden Prairie Senior High School (A+), Scenic Heights Elementary School (A+)
- Top private schools: The International School of Minnesota (A+), Peaceful Valley Montessori Academy - Eden Prairie, Eden Prairie Montessori Learning Center

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Best places to live in Minnesota

What do you look for in an ideal town? Proximity to trails, lakes, and beaches? How about top-ranked schools for your children? Would you like a professional or college sports team nearby, or do you prefer museums and art walks?

Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in Minnesota using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather.

On the list, there’s a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks. Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.

#10. Minnetonka
- Population: 53,025
- Median home value: $347,900 (69% own)
- Median rent: $1,428 (31% rent)
- Median household income: $95,630
- Top public schools: Minnetonka Senior High School (A+), Wayzata High School (A+), Eagle Ridge Academy (A+)
- Top private schools: Notre Dame Academy, Step By Step Montessori Schools of Wayzata, Academy of Whole Learning

#9. Mendota Heights
- Population: 11,289
- Median home value: $392,600 (89% own)
- Median rent: $1,127 (11% rent)
- Median household income: $121,214
- Top public schools: Somerset Elementary School (A-), Mendota Elementary School (A-), Henry Sibley High School (A-)
- Top private schools: Saint Thomas Academy (A+), Visitation School (A+), Brightmont Academy - Mendota Heights Campus

#8. Plymouth
- Population: 78,134
- Median home value: $351,700 (71% own)
- Median rent: $1,355 (29% rent)
- Median household income: $105,958
- Top public schools: Wayzata High School (A+), Kimberly Lane Elementary School (A+), Wayzata East Middle School (A+)
- Top private schools: Providence Academy (A+), Fourth Baptist Christian School (A), West Lutheran High School (B+)

#7. Chanhassen
- Population: 25,657
- Median home value: $381,300 (88% own)
- Median rent: $1,378 (12% rent)
- Median household income: $124,125
- Top public schools: Minnetonka Senior High School (A+), Minnetonka Middle School West (A+), Minnewashta Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: St. Hubert Catholic School (A-), Chapel Hill Academy, Children of Tomorrow

#6. Shorewood
- Population: 7,867
- Median home value: $485,300 (95% own)
- Median rent: $1,639 (5% rent)
- Median household income: $139,956
- Top public schools: Minnetonka Senior High School (A+), Wayzata High School (A+), Minnetonka Middle School East (A+)
- Top private schools: Our Savior Lutheran School

#5. Shoreview
- Population: 26,791
- Median home value: $275,800 (83% own)
- Median rent: $1,214 (17% rent)
- Median household income: $92,826
- Top public schools: Mounds View Senior High School (A+), Chippewa Middle School (A), Turtle Lake Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: St. Odilia Parish School, Oak Hill Montessori School, Lexington Avenue KinderCare

#4. Edina
- Population: 51,746
- Median home value: $476,300 (71% own)
- Median rent: $1,404 (29% rent)
- Median household income: $104,244
- Top public schools: Edina Senior High School (A+), Eden Prairie Senior High School (A+), Creek Valley Elementary School (A+)
- Top private schools: Avail Academy - Edina, Step By Step Montessori Schools of Edina, Golden Years Montessori School

#3. Lauderdale
- Population: 2,514
- Median home value: $206,100 (47% own)
- Median rent: $988 (53% rent)
- Median household income: $53,684
- Top public schools: Roseville Area Senior High School (A-), Parkview Center School (B+), Brimhall Elementary School (B+)

#2. Falcon Heights
- Population: 5,571
- Median home value: $293,400 (56% own)
- Median rent: $1,062 (44% rent)
- Median household income: $75,660
- Top public schools: Roseville Area Senior High School (A-), Falcon Heights Elementary School (A-), Parkview Center School (B+)

#1. Eden Prairie
- Population: 64,179
- Median home value: $368,100 (73% own)
- Median rent: $1,402 (27% rent)
- Median household income: $111,981
- Top public schools: Minnetonka Senior High School (A+), Eden Prairie Senior High School (A+), Scenic Heights Elementary School (A+)
- Top private schools: The International School of Minnesota (A+), Peaceful Valley Montessori Academy - Eden Prairie, Eden Prairie Montessori Learning Center

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