Five MN Cities Among “Best Places to Live”

The southwest Twin Cities suburb of Chanhassen was named the 10th-best small U.S. city in which to live by Money magazine; Arden Hills, Lino Lakes, Savage, and Shoreview also made the top 100 list.

For the second consecutive year, five Minnesota cities made Money magazine's “Top 100 Places to Live” list-but this year's list includes an all-new group of local suburbs.

Chanhassen ranked 10th on the list-which includes small cities and not major metropolises-while Arden Hills ranked 14th, Lino Lakes ranked 44th, Savage ranked 51st, and Shoreview ranked 52nd.

The highest-ranked Minnesota city on the list, Chanhassen, boasts good jobs, evening diversions, nature locations, and a state-of-the-art high school, according to Money, which compiled the list with CNN. The magazine cites the Chanhassen Dinner Theater, 34 parks, 11 lakes, and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum as notable sites that make Chanhassen so unique and livable.

The area surrounding Chanhassen also has something to brag about: Carver County was recently ranked 19th on Money's list of U.S. counties with the fastest job growth. The county experienced 32.4 percent job growth between 2000 and 2010.

Money attributed Arden Hills' position on the list to top-rated school districts, established neighborhoods, and great trails connected to parks, playgrounds, and lakes.

Last year, Eden Prairie beat out all other U.S. cities on Money magazine's list, ranking first place. It was accompanied on the list by four other Minnesota cities-Plymouth, Woodbury, Eagan, and Apple Valley.

The top three cities on this year's list-respectively-are Louisville, Colorado; Milton, Massachusetts; and Solon, Ohio.

To see Money magazine's complete list of “Top 100 Places to Live,” click here.