Three Minnesota Areas Named Best Places To Live In 2021


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Three Minnesota areas were named some of the best places to live in all of the United States.

Instead of living in a large city, Money.com sought to find the top 50 best "homey, small-town feel" places to live in the U.S. for 2021.

Here is how the report broke down which areas to vote on:

"We considered cities and towns with populations ranging from 25,000 up to 500,000. This range allowed us to surface places large enough to have amenities like grocery stores and a nearby hospital but kept the focus on somewhat lesser-known spots around the United States."

After determining which areas fit the "small-town feel," the report looked at nine different categories to rank which areas in the U.S. were the best to live in. Those nine categories included: "cost of living, diversity, economic opportunity, education, fun (amenities), health and safety, the housing market, income and personal finances and quality of life."

So, which three Minnesota areas were dubbed as some of the best places to live?

  • No. 1: Chanhassen
  • No. 29: Woodbury
  • No. 32: Rosemount

Since Chanhassen was voted the best place to live in the U.S. for 2021, here is what the report had to say about small-town:

"Residents also love the access to nature in Chanhassen. There's Lake Ann, where locals swim in the summer and ice fish in the winter. There's Lake Minnetonka, which has some of the city's most expensive homes around it, but also smaller cabins. Or the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, which boasts 32 distinct gardens and where University of Minnesota horticulturalists breed new kinds of apples. The city has also worked hard to build 95 miles of bike paths that connect to regional trails, which some residents even use to commute all the way to downtown Minneapolis."

Click here to see the full report.


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