The team at used real science and data to determine which small towns in Minnesota are the best of the best for 2019. Did any spot from the St. Cloud area make the cut? (Hint, Yes.)

Minnesota makes all kinds of 'best of' lists. We can't help it. We're just that good here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Minneapolis and St. Paul also come at the top of plenty of lists that compare big cities against each other for all kinds of things -- but when was the last time someone took a look at the real gems of our state (the small towns)?


The gang at (yeah, weird name right?) looked at things like unemployment, housing, income, education, commutes, and other stuff like that for towns with populations between 1,000 and 5,000.

Here Are the 20 Best Small Towns in What is Already a Top-10 State Overall:

  1. Deephaven, MN
  2. Long Lake, MN
  3. Elko New Market, MN
  4. Carver, MN
  5. Oronoco, MN
  6. Tonka Bay, MN
  7. North Oaks, MN
  8. Cold Spring, MN
  9. Cologne, MN
  10. Wayzata, MN
  11. Lake Crystal, MN
  12. Circle Pines, MN
  13. Bayport, MN
  14. Scanlon, MN
  15. Oak Park Heights, MN
  16. Avon, MN
  17. Roseau, MN
  18. Dilworth, MN
  19. Dellwood, MN
  20. Medford, MN

OK, so using this science and data, what Minnesota small towns came in at the bottom of the list?

  • Redby
  • Menahga
  • Red Lake

Here are where some of our favorite central Minnesota towns & cities landed in the survey among the Top-100 towns they looked at:

  • #28 - St. Augusta
  • #53 - Albany
  • #65 - Becker
  • #66 - Richmond
  • #67 - Rockville
  • #70 - Rice
  • #77 - Clearwater
  • #93 - Sauk Centre

You can see the full report from HomeSnacks here, and props to Cold Spring, the top spot in our area to make the list.

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