These Are The 10 Worst Minneapolis Suburbs For 2019


We used science and data to determine which Minneapolis suburbs are the real pits.

Join RoadSnacks
Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the worst suburbs around Minneapolis.

Swipe left for slideshow. Article continues below.

Not everyone is cut out for city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Minneapolis.

So the question arises, do the suburbs maintain a semblance of the larger-than-life appeal of their more famous neighbor?

Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Minneapolis ‘burbs need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Minneapolis area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the suburbs to live up to Minneapolis proper, although Deephaven certainly tries.

Of course, not all suburbs of Minneapolis are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

We examined the 110 biggest suburbs of Minneapolis to find out the worst places to live. And while you won’t necessarily find them on the worst places to live in Minnesota lists, these ten places are a little too far downwind of Minneapolis in terms of quality of life.

Here are the 10 worst suburbs around Minneapolis for 2019:

  1. Brooklyn Center (Photos)
  2. Fridley (Photos)
  3. Columbia Heights (Photos)
  4. Watertown (Photos)
  5. Anoka (Photos)
  6. St. Paul (Photos)
  7. West St. Paul (Photos)
  8. South St. Paul (Photos)
  9. Spring Lake Park (Photos)
  10. Brooklyn Park (Photos)

Read on to see how we determined the places around Minneapolis that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger.

Or, if you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in Minnesota check out the best places in Minnesota overall or the worst.

And remember, there are some good places to live around Minneapolis too.

Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the worst in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

For more Minnesota reading, check out:

Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Minneapolis for 2019

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what cities have the least amount of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent American Community Survey data from 2013-2017, this is the criteria we used:

  • High unemployment rate
  • Low median household incomes
  • Low population density (no things to do)
  • Low home values
  • A lot of high school drop outs
  • High poverty
  • High rate of uninsured families

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Minneapolis.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 110 suburbs to evaluate around Minneapolis.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 110 in each category, where 1 was the “worst”.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the worst quality of life index the “Worst Suburb near Minneapolis.” We’re lookin’ at you, Brooklyn Center.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the worst of the worst. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from worst to best.

Brooklyn Center, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 30,885
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $50,618 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.7% (12th highest)
Median Home Value: $151,500 (1st lowest)
More on Brooklyn Center:  Data | Photos

We’ll get the ball rolling with Brooklyn Center, the absolute worst place to live around Minneapolis according to the data.

And in the world of worst rankings, Brooklyn Center beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the 3rd worst in the Minneapolis area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 1st worst when it comes to home values.

But hey, at least it’s cheap to live there. But there’s a reason for that… it’s Brooklyn Center.

You won’t feel bad about not having a great income for the area, there aren’t a bunch of places to spend your money anyway.

Fridley, MN

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 27,573
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 4)
Median Income: $56,583 (12th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.4% (7th highest)
Median Home Value: $174,000 (9th lowest)
More on Fridley:  Data | Photos

Welcome to Fridley. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.

This city is 8.4 miles to Minneapolis. Income levels here are the 12th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $56,583 a year, which doesn’t go a long ways even on a shoestring budget.

But on the bright side, there are a lot of fast food joints in the area.

Columbia Heights, MN

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 19,823
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $51,071 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.8% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $161,100 (2nd lowest)
More on Columbia Heights:  Data | Photos

Back up the highway we go for the third worst Minneapolis suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Columbia Heights on here. While the cost of living is low, your entertainment and work options are limited. And that’s an understatement.

In terms of numbers, it’s in the worst 15% for insurance, and the adult high school drop out rate is poor compared to other Minneapolis suburbs.

But at least there are nice parks to bring the kids during the day.

Watertown, MN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 4,329
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 3)
Median Income: $63,688 (22nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.6% (5th highest)
Median Home Value: $176,700 (12th lowest)
More on Watertown:  Data | Photos

If you live in Watertown, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 22nd lowest Minneapolis suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 5th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Minneapolis. Remember, we looked at 110 cities for this study.

Watertown is about 28.1 miles to downtown.

Anoka, MN

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 17,374
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $50,625 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.8% (10th highest)
Median Home Value: $175,200 (10th lowest)
More on Anoka:  Data | Photos

Anoka has the distinction of being a Minneapolis suburb. Which means that’s about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, Anoka has the 10th lowest home values in the metro Minneapolis area, where the median price is $175,200. To put that into perspective, in Deephaven, the median income is $148,783, which is the best in the area.

Anoka has an unemployment rate of 5.8% which ranks 10th worst.

St. Paul, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 300,820
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Income: $52,841 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.7% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $187,400 (20th lowest)
More on St. Paul:  Data | Photos

St. Paul has 300,820 residents that probably know it’s a pretty crummy place to live when you look at the data. (Or, if you’ve ever been there, you don’t need to look at the data.)

Incomes are towards the bottom and the poverty rate sits at 20.4%.

West St. Paul, MN

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 19,750
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Income: $52,144 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.3% (8th highest)
Median Home Value: $183,300 (16th lowest)
More on West St. Paul:  Data | Photos

Ah, West St. Paul. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Minneapolis.

It’s the place with the 8th most out of work residents in the Minneapolis metro area (6.3%).

South St. Paul, MN

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 20,280
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Income: $58,026 (15th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.0% (18th highest)
Median Home Value: $169,200 (6th lowest)
More on South St. Paul:  Data | Photos

South St. Paul is a city about 12.3 miles from Minneapolis, but Minneapolis probably wishes it was further away. It ranks as the 8th worst burb for 2018.

You’d be hard pressed to find a worse place to live. South St. Paul has the 14th most uninsured people, 15th worst incomes, and has the 18th highest unemployment rate (5.0%) in the entire Minneapolis metro area.

Homes only cost $169,200 for a reason. That’s cheap for Minneapolis standards.

Spring Lake Park, MN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 6,535
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Income: $57,582 (13th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.3% (8th highest)
Median Home Value: $167,900 (4th lowest)
More on Spring Lake Park:  Data | Photos

If you absolutely have to live near Minneapolis, then Spring Lake Park might be a place for you to consider as it’s only the 9th worst Minneapolis suburb.

About 6.3% of residents are out of work.

Brooklyn Park, MN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 79,462
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Income: $68,274 (32nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.1% (15th highest)
Median Home Value: $194,200 (23rd lowest)
More on Brooklyn Park:  Data | Photos

Rounding out the ten worst Minneapolis suburbs to call home is Brooklyn Park.

Located 10.9 miles outside the city, Brooklyn Parks is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 15th highest unemployment rate (5.1%), and poverty is far above the area average.

The areas around Minneapolis where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2019

Well there you have it — the worst of the ‘burbs surrounding Minneapolis with Brooklyn Center casting itself ahead of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Minneapolis aren’t all bad. Deephaven takes the cake as the best place to live around Minneapolis.

  • Deephaven
  • Victoria
  • Elko New Market

For more Minnesota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Minneapolis Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Brooklyn Center 30,885 $50,618 $151,500
2 Fridley 27,573 $56,583 $174,000
3 Columbia Heights 19,823 $51,071 $161,100
4 Watertown 4,329 $63,688 $176,700
5 Anoka 17,374 $50,625 $175,200
6 St. Paul 300,820 $52,841 $187,400
7 West St. Paul 19,750 $52,144 $183,300
8 South St. Paul 20,280 $58,026 $169,200
9 Spring Lake Park 6,535 $57,582 $167,900
10 Brooklyn Park 79,462 $68,274 $194,200
11 St. Paul Park 5,376 $70,231 $167,300
12 Maplewood 40,127 $63,941 $198,400
13 Richfield 35,993 $59,844 $197,500
14 Hopkins 18,217 $53,027 $214,200
15 North St. Paul 12,241 $61,225 $183,300
16 Inver Grove Heights 34,976 $73,296 $226,900
17 New Hope 20,909 $53,228 $202,400
18 Newport 3,485 $63,445 $185,500
19 Robbinsdale 14,446 $62,891 $171,800
20 Crystal 22,910 $62,831 $168,200
21 Burnsville 61,302 $67,397 $224,700
22 Little Canada 10,321 $49,750 $202,700
23 Coon Rapids 62,342 $68,586 $178,400
24 Mounds View 12,872 $60,184 $179,300
25 Osseo 2,680 $52,569 $171,500
26 Jordan 6,079 $66,194 $204,100
27 Bloomington 85,417 $70,512 $227,900
28 Lauderdale 2,501 $47,390 $175,500
29 Hastings 22,620 $66,403 $192,500
30 Shakopee 40,024 $84,400 $241,100
31 New Brighton 22,440 $68,775 $230,200
32 Nowthen 4,612 $94,904 $284,800
33 Elk River 23,924 $85,974 $229,000
34 Oakdale 27,972 $69,525 $205,800
35 Rockford 4,323 $67,813 $183,500
36 Roseville 35,624 $67,242 $232,100
37 Oak Park Heights 4,823 $57,655 $224,300
38 Dayton 5,238 $87,966 $246,800
39 Forest Lake 19,406 $74,475 $244,500
40 St. Bonifacius 2,471 $84,375 $236,700
41 East Bethel 11,733 $86,893 $223,200
42 Blaine 62,453 $80,423 $202,000
43 White Bear Lake 25,411 $66,662 $204,900
44 Excelsior 2,375 $55,000 $462,700
45 Cottage Grove 35,902 $90,337 $224,300
46 North Hudson 3,806 $64,320 $228,200
47 Mound 9,380 $82,010 $228,100
48 Hudson 13,456 $69,065 $231,500
49 Corcoran 5,671 $102,708 $304,500
50 Wyoming 7,793 $85,250 $210,500
51 Centerville 3,943 $98,214 $242,800
52 Oak Grove 8,453 $97,782 $255,200
53 Prescott 4,234 $75,391 $181,900
54 St. Louis Park 48,124 $71,346 $239,800
55 Arden Hills 10,250 $89,831 $283,700
56 Golden Valley 21,208 $87,964 $278,400
57 Apple Valley 51,109 $85,181 $230,900
58 Columbus 4,009 $84,773 $245,000
59 Lake Elmo 8,621 $101,528 $394,500
60 Chaska 25,578 $81,938 $249,900
61 Eagan 66,102 $84,756 $262,500
62 Bayport 3,688 $75,815 $217,100
63 Falcon Heights 5,560 $68,654 $284,900
64 Circle Pines 4,967 $81,672 $188,200
65 Wayzata 4,467 $72,965 $471,500
66 Vadnais Heights 13,283 $77,855 $221,200
67 St. Anthony 8,930 $67,910 $238,000
68 Otsego 15,630 $99,037 $199,600
69 Ham Lake 16,119 $95,962 $280,000
70 Ramsey 25,853 $92,984 $221,500
71 Prior Lake 25,452 $100,190 $286,300
72 Farmington 22,502 $88,674 $224,000
73 Delano 5,854 $74,046 $246,300
74 Rosemount 23,474 $94,341 $249,600
75 Afton 2,963 $109,688 $427,700
76 Savage 30,011 $101,899 $276,100
77 St. Michael 17,128 $102,862 $232,700
78 Scandia 4,044 $87,171 $342,300
79 Minnetonka 52,102 $86,672 $315,800
80 Stillwater 19,232 $82,205 $255,900
81 Andover 32,257 $105,270 $258,400
82 Greenfield 2,913 $109,175 $396,100
83 Hugo 14,415 $88,813 $249,300
84 Champlin 24,209 $89,043 $219,700
85 Hanover 3,234 $92,875 $275,700
86 Lakeville 61,056 $102,943 $276,500
87 Orono 7,887 $130,300 $563,700
88 Plymouth 76,258 $91,867 $327,000
89 Shoreview 26,432 $84,362 $248,600
90 Albertville 7,303 $87,974 $198,700
91 Independence 3,726 $114,700 $439,700
92 Mendota Heights 11,253 $107,865 $361,600
93 Lino Lakes 20,950 $107,438 $268,900
94 Mahtomedi 8,005 $95,592 $306,000
95 Woodbury 67,648 $103,308 $295,200
96 Minnetrista 7,187 $148,783 $445,900
97 Maple Grove 68,362 $101,859 $266,500
98 Chanhassen 25,108 $116,569 $350,600
99 Eden Prairie 63,660 $103,426 $334,000
100 Medina 5,920 $138,125 $631,000

Like RoadSnacks on Facebook:

 Worst ,

5 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Minneapolis Suburbs For 2019

  1. West St. Paul is far worse than #13! Have you been on Robert Street lately? It is so ghetto and blighted. But taxes are going way way up to pay to “fix” it because it’s a state road but the state won’t pay for it. West St Paul is far worse than South St Paul, Newport, Inver Grove Heights all surrounding it. At least they have the river or some okay areas, West St Paul is just a filthy crime ridden ghetto and oh yeah, the city bans its citizens from renting their “own” homes, it’s that bad!! So if you buy a home there, you are stuck living in that horrible place. West St Paul is where dreams go to die. Avoid it like the plague!!

  2. No it isn’t! Even after the city ran up a 45 million dollar tab for Robwrt Street, a state owned road, it is to be paid for predominantly by taxpayers, not by the state!? Robert Street and West St Paul are trashy, blighted, ugly, awful places to be. Unless crime, urban blight, empty parking lots and deserted out of businesz big box stores is your thing?

  3. Do you understand the difference between Minneapolis and Saint Paul? Half of your ten worst Minneapolis Suburbs list are suburbs of Saint Paul.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *