3 Minnesota cities among best places to live, Money Magazine says


Three Minnesota cities have ranked among the best places to live in the United States.

In Money Magazine's annual list, Maple Grove is the second best place to live, behind McKinney, Texas. Other Minnesota cities also earned a place on this year's list – Eagan ranked No. 11, Woodbury at No. 12.

Out of a pool of 781 cities, the magazine ranked the 50 best small cities with populations between 50,000 and 300,000 in the United States based on 50 factors, including jobs, the city's economy, the housing market, schools and healthcare.

Maple Grove, which has a population of 63,395, was ranked high on Money Magazine's list because of the city's available outdoor space, including its 36-mile network of paths that connects parks, schools and the city's 10 lakes. The magazine also highlights the city's easy access to Minneapolis, the Shoppes at Arbor Lakes with its mix of local and chain shops and restaurants, and the Twin Cities' strong economy.

This isn't the first time cities in Minnesota have ranked among the best. Chanhassen ranked No. 4 on CNN Money Magazine's Best Places to Live among small towns with populations between 10,000 and 50,000 last year.

In 2012, Eden Prairie, Woodbury, Eagan, Lakeville and Maple Grove all ranked in the top 25 on Money Magazine's best small cities to live in.

Here's this year's top 10:

  1. McKinney, Texas.
  2. Maple Grove, Minnesota.
  3. Carmel, Indiana.
  4. Castle Rock, Colorado.
  5. Kirkland, Washington.
  6. Columba/Ellicott City, Maryland.
  7. Clarkstown, New York.
  8. Ames, Iowa.
  9. Rochester Hills, Michigan.
  10. Reston, Virginia.

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Eden Prairie, Woodbury, Eagan, Lakeville and Maple Grove all earned slots in the top 25 best small cities in the United States, according to Money Magazine's annual Best Place to Live list. Eden Prairie is third on the 2012 list -- the highest ranking Minnesota city.