Chanhassen ranked 4th on Money Mag's 'Best Places to Live' list


West metro suburb Chanhassen ranks No. 4 on CNN Money Magazine's "Best Places to Live" among America's small towns with populations between 10,000 and 50,000.

Chanhassen, home to more than 20,000, fell behind Vienna, Va., Louisville, Colo., and Sharon, Mass. in the ranking.

The magazine found that the city is bouncing back from the economic downturn and has improving public schools.

"The area school district recently provided $700,000 in grants for classroom tech projects and is now rolling out Wi-Fi on all school buses," the magazine said.

The outlet also mentions Chanhassen's outdoor park system and the 1,137-acre Minnesota Landscape Arboretum among the highlights.

WCCO reports Chanhassen was ranked 10th in Money Magazine's 2011 list.

The magazine uses public data pertaining to incomes, housing prices, education scores and other quality-of-life measurements to determine the rankings, the Chanhassen Villager said.

Apple Valley also made the cut this year at No. 17, along with Savage at No. 21.

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