These are the 33 best cities to live in Minnesota, study says

Duluth just made the cut at No. 33, according to the study.
Author:
Publish date:

It's time again to toss aside personal opinion and find out the best cities to live in Minnesota, all based on data. 

How'd Chamber of Commerce come up with its list? Its methodology is explained as follows: 

"We ranked a total of 2,509 qualified cities (those with populations above 25,000 and enough data for analysis) by five factors: employment (number of establishments, median earnings); housing (owner-occupied housing with a mortgage, monthly housing costs); quality of life (work commute, poverty levels); education (percentage with a bachelor’s degree or higher); and health (obesity ratios)."

Overall, 33 cities qualified for the study, and the top spot belongs to Eden Prairie, with Rochester, Osseo, Minneapolis and Hopkins rounding out the top five. 

  1. Eden Prairie
  2. Rochester
  3. Osseo
  4. Minneapolis
  5. Hopkins
  6. Chaska
  7. Savage
  8. St. Paul
  9. Lakeville
  10. Stillwater
  11. Moorhead
  12. Rosemount
  13. Winona
  14. Shakopee
  15. Prior Lake
  16. Cottage Grove
  17. Hastings
  18. Austin
  19. Owatonna
  20. Burnsville
  21. Farmington
  22. Bemidji
  23. Brainerd
  24. Northfield
  25. Circle Pines
  26. St. Cloud
  27. Inver Grove Heights
  28. Elk River
  29. Mankato
  30. Andover
  31. Anoka
  32. Faribault
  33. Duluth

The flaws with the study

What's a bit perplexing is that Plymouth, a city of nearly 80,000 residents, didn't make the list in Minnesota.

Go back just over a decade and you'll find that CNN Money ranked Plymouth as the No. 1 place to live in the entire United States.

Other notable omissions are the likes of Chanhassen, Minnetonka and Edina, which are home to high-quality schools and high median incomes, albeit consequentially have a higher cost of housing and living.

There are only 41 cities in Minnesota with populations above 25,000, so quite why Chamber of Commerce narrowed it down to a "Top 33" is unknown.

What's more, you can't claim to identify the "best cities" in a given state while ignoring the many with populations below 25,000, which in Minnesota includes the likes of Bemidji, Alexandria, Marshall and Willmar.

Follow Bring Me The News on LinkedIn

Next Up

Guy Fieri

MN brewpub to make 2nd appearance on 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives'

In other words, Guy Fieri is returning to the Twin Cities.

Screen Shot 2020-06-15 at 7.11.05 AM

St. Cloud teen charged with raping girl in high school bathroom

Police say it happened during a late 2019 basketball game.

Mark_Pavelich

Reports: 'Miracle on Ice' star Mark Pavelich found dead at treatment facility

The 63-year-old had been ordered to undergo psychiatric care.

hennepin county government center fencing minneapolis chauvin

Minneapolis, Hennepin County spending $1M on barricades, fencing for Chauvin trial

Minneapolis hopes to be reimbursed for fortification costs by the state if it passes the proposed SAFE Account.

police lights

Police: 3 Minnesotans made fake report to divert SD police away drug investigation

Three people from Detroit Lakes are facing charges, with two of the men involved accused of making a false report of gunmen entering a local business.

Drive-up vaccine

HealthPartners opens drive-up COVID vaccine site

The healthcare provider says it's the first drive-up vaccination site in the state.

derek chauvin

Appeals court: Judge must reconsider third-degree murder charge against Chauvin

The appeals court's recent decision on a different officer-involved shooting case is precedent, it said.

covid-19, vaccine

New data reveals Minnesotans getting COVID vaccines are disproportionately white

The Minnesota Department of Health revealed race and ethnicity vaccine data on Friday.

Related

St. Paul is the 'worst city' in Minnesota, study finds

As Minneapolis smirks arrogantly from across the Mississippi.

Ranking: Minnesota is the best state in America to raise a family

It's good to live in the Land of 10,000 Reasons to Brag.

These are the 40 most-visited attractions in Minnesota

One brewery made the list, as did a very big candy store.

Minneapolis ranked as most underrated city in America

St. Paul is also among the 15 underrated cities.

apple-books-teach-classroom-school-pixabay

These are the top high schools in Minnesota

According to U.S. News and World Report's annual list.

2 Twin Cities suburbs named in Time's '50 Best Places To Live 2018'

If you live in Woodbury or Lakeville, you've got it good!