2 Minnesota cities named in Time's Top 50 'Best Places To Live 2018'

If you live in Woodbury or Lakeville, you've got it good!
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Minnesota is the home to two of the best places to live in the United States.

That's according to Time Money, which has on Tuesday released its Top 50 "Best Places to Live 2018."

Looking at cities with populations of greater than 50,000, Time looked at data on the economy, cost of living, diversity, education and income for each U.S. city. It then sent reporters to interview residents in each of the cities to determine the Top 50 ranking order.

Time Money stipulated that no more than 2 cities from each state could be selected for the Top 50, with Minnesota reaching its maximum as both Woodbury and Lakeville were included in the list.

Woodbury was ranked 10th overall, with Money noting it combines "urban bustle" with "bucolic quiet."

"It's home to 51 parks but sits just 15 minutes from St. Paul. Woodbury is one of the more affluent places on MONEY’s list, boasting a median family income of over $120,000. But homes are still affordable — below the median for the places analyzed this year — and both low unemployment and anticipated job growth make it a reliable destination for earners.

"Dotted with ponds and wooded trails, Woodbury lacks a traditional hub. But two malls offer ample options for marathon shopping, dinner out, or a dash to the grocery store."

Ranking in 28th, Lakeville made the list thanks to its surplus of outdoor activities, namely its 100 miles of walking and bike trails, and the multitude of lakes that "freckle" the town and prove to be both summer and winter attractions.

"If instead the day calls for a latte and some shopping, residents can venture to the historic downtown, where a comic book store awaits for the kids. Every summer the downtown transforms for Panorama of Progress, known as Pan-O-Prog, a weeklong festival of activities as disparate as professional wrestling and pottery making."

The city scored highly on the data side thanks to its extremely low unemployment, with the suburb popular among commuters working at Minnesota's many Fortune 500 companies.

You can see the full top 50 list here.

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