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Best Places to Live in Minnesota (Beyond the Twin Cities)

September 20, 2023

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Have you been considering moving to Minnesota? While many people think about moving to Minneapolis or St. Paul (affectionately known as the Twin Cities), there are desirable places all over the state. Let’s explore some of the best places to live in Minnesota and what makes them such popular destinations. 

Best Places to Live in Minnesota 

If the hustle and bustle of the Twin Cities isn’t quite right for you, consider one of these other Minnesota towns known for their high quality of life. You may find a place that’s perfect for you.

The town of Northfield is located 40 miles south of Minneapolis. It’s a scenic college town of around 20,000, known for its excellent school and array of parks, small town's charm, and affordability.

A bit closer to Minneapolis but with a much smaller population (8,500), Victoria, Minnesota, also boasts a gorgeous downtown area and nature reserves and parks for the whole family. Victoria is also known for its school system, with a 97% graduation rate, among the highest in the state.

Waconia is a growing spot in Minnesota, and for good reason. This town offers a top-rated school system, safe neighborhoods, and a downtown with access to shopping. It’s also home to three Minnesota wineries: Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery, Parley Lake Winery, and Sovereign Estate Wine.

View of Duluth, a major port city and one of the best places to live in Minnesota.

Roughly two hours north of the Twin Cities, Duluth is one of the best places to live in Minnesota. Located on the shores of Lake Superior, Duluth is surrounded by lush hills and parks. The town also has tons of restaurants and cultural institutions, including the Duluth Art Institute and Duluth Playhouse. The city’s laid-back atmosphere and low cost of living make it a major draw for many people moving to Minnesota.

Monticello offers a beautiful view of the Mississippi while being a short drive down 94 to get into the Twin Cities. It has plenty of parks for the whole family to explore and a good school system if you’re looking for a place to raise your family. 

In 2022, Rochester was rated third on the “Best Places to Live in the U.S.,” according to Livability, following Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Madison, Wisconsin. It boasts a low crime rate, a welcoming atmosphere, and a beautiful downtown area. Rochester is also home to the Mayo Clinic, making it a hub for employment and top-rated medical services.

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Is It Worth Moving to Minnesota? 

Absolutely! No matter what you want from your new home, Minnesota has a lot to offer. With beautiful nature views, affordability, low unemployment, and a vibrant cultural scene, it’s a wonderful place to live.

AAA Movers is Minnesota’s Moving Company

Excited to move to Minnesota? Leave it to the AAA Movers professional team to get you there. Learn more about our ProMover certification and AAA Advantage can make your upcoming moving process easier and even enjoyable. 

Let’s get you moved into your dream home right here in the great state of Minnesota. Schedule a free quote today!

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