These Are The 10 Worst Minneapolis Suburbs For 2018


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

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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 2018:

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

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Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Minneapolis for 2018

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, 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, Watertown.

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.

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1. Watertown

Watertown, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,298
Unemployment Rate: 6.3%
Median Home Price: $166,000
Median Income: $56,591
We’ll get the ball rolling with Watertown, the absolute worst place to live around Minneapolis according to the data.

And in the world of worst rankings, Watertown beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the 16th worst in the Minneapolis area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 8th 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 Watertown.

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.

2. Brooklyn Center

Brooklyn Center, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,785
Unemployment Rate: 6.3%
Median Home Price: $140,000
Median Income: $46,400
Welcome to Brooklyn Center. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.

This city is 7.7 miles to Minneapolis. Income levels here are the 3rd lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $46,400 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.

3. Columbia Heights

Columbia Heights, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,689
Unemployment Rate: 8.7%
Median Home Price: $155,300
Median Income: $48,791
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.

4. St. Paul

St. Paul, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 297,160
Unemployment Rate: 7.8%
Median Home Price: $178,400
Median Income: $50,820
If you live in St. Paul, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 8th lowest Minneapolis suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 4th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Minneapolis. Remember, we looked at 110 cities for this study.

St. Paul is about 8.1 miles to downtown.

5. Anoka

Anoka, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,325
Unemployment Rate: 6.2%
Median Home Price: $167,800
Median Income: $48,850
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 11th lowest home values in the metro Minneapolis area, where the median price is $167,800. To put that into perspective, in Deephaven, the median income is $149,507, which is the best in the area.

Anoka has an unemployment rate of 6.2% which ranks 12th worst.

6. Fridley

Fridley, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,447
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Median Home Price: $166,600
Median Income: $55,006
Fridley has 27,447 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 12.3%.

7. South St. Paul

South St. Paul, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,281
Unemployment Rate: 6.3%
Median Home Price: $160,800
Median Income: $54,777
Ah, South St. Paul. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Minneapolis.

It’s the place with the 10th most out of work residents in the Minneapolis metro area (6.3%).

8. Newport


Population: 3,459
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Median Home Price: $180,100
Median Income: $61,339
Newport is a city about 14.5 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. Newport has the 8th most uninsured people, 22nd worst incomes, and has the 50th highest unemployment rate (4.1%) in the entire Minneapolis metro area.

Homes only cost $180,100 for a reason. That’s cheap for Minneapolis standards.

9. West St. Paul

West St. Paul, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,779
Unemployment Rate: 8.6%
Median Home Price: $175,100
Median Income: $51,066
If you absolutely have to live near Minneapolis, then West St. Paul might be a place for you to consider as it’s only the 9th worst Minneapolis suburb.

About 8.6% of residents are out of work.

10. Richfield

Richfield, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,912
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Median Home Price: $188,100
Median Income: $54,642
Rounding out the ten worst Minneapolis suburbs to call home is Richfield.

Located 6.2 miles outside the city, Richfields is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 18th highest unemployment rate (5.5%), and poverty is far above the area average.

The areas around Minneapolis where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2018

Well there you have it — the worst of the ‘burbs surrounding Minneapolis with Watertown 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.

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Detailed List Of The Worst Minneapolis Suburbs

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
Watertown 1 4,298 6.3% $166,000 $56,591
Brooklyn Center 2 30,785 6.3% $140,000 $46,400
Columbia Heights 3 19,689 8.7% $155,300 $48,791
St. Paul 4 297,160 7.8% $178,400 $50,820
Anoka 5 17,325 6.2% $167,800 $48,850
Fridley 6 27,447 5.8% $166,600 $55,006
South St. Paul 7 20,281 6.3% $160,800 $54,777
Newport 8 3,459 4.1% $180,100 $61,339
West St. Paul 9 19,779 8.6% $175,100 $51,066
Richfield 10 35,912 5.5% $188,100 $54,642
Spring Lake Park 11 6,519 7.3% $160,400 $57,993
Brooklyn Park 12 78,823 5.7% $186,400 $65,695
North St. Paul 13 12,102 9.0% $180,200 $57,156
Mounds View 14 12,708 5.5% $168,600 $56,753
St. Paul Park 15 5,352 5.7% $161,300 $68,586
Maplewood 16 39,678 6.2% $188,400 $63,367
Inver Grove Heights 17 34,757 5.5% $216,400 $69,893
Lauderdale 18 2,472 3.5% $172,200 $44,345
Little Canada 19 10,202 5.1% $203,600 $51,154
New Hope 20 20,819 4.6% $194,900 $50,000
Robbinsdale 21 14,382 5.5% $166,600 $60,388
Coon Rapids 22 62,159 5.4% $171,200 $66,313
Crystal 23 22,777 4.1% $159,600 $60,494
Hopkins 24 18,077 4.6% $204,300 $51,466
Hastings 25 22,501 4.9% $182,800 $62,155
Nowthen 26 4,562 4.0% $265,900 $83,576
Burnsville 27 61,158 5.0% $215,300 $66,225
Shakopee 28 39,656 5.3% $221,500 $79,648
Osseo 29 2,612 5.1% $164,300 $49,728
Bayport 30 3,604 7.0% $198,600 $69,345
Rockford 31 4,229 3.2% $179,400 $73,494
Bloomington 32 85,080 4.3% $221,900 $67,473
Roseville 33 35,254 4.2% $224,000 $63,022
St. Bonifacius 34 2,596 7.7% $224,300 $85,489
Dayton 35 5,031 4.2% $238,900 $78,477
New Brighton 36 22,233 4.7% $223,400 $66,003
Forest Lake 37 19,208 4.2% $234,700 $73,091
Excelsior 38 2,510 4.5% $443,000 $45,915
East Bethel 39 11,618 4.2% $210,300 $90,134
Oakdale 40 27,956 4.1% $201,900 $67,991
Oak Grove 41 8,334 3.8% $239,000 $85,446
Jordan 42 5,981 2.5% $210,500 $66,818
Elk River 43 23,743 3.9% $214,900 $83,585
Blaine 44 61,210 4.2% $189,100 $79,915
White Bear Lake 45 24,992 3.9% $192,800 $63,916
Oak Park Heights 46 4,790 0.9% $225,800 $51,726
Cottage Grove 47 35,632 4.3% $216,500 $85,516
Columbus 48 3,980 5.1% $241,800 $77,727
Wyoming 49 7,785 5.0% $201,300 $84,712
North Hudson 50 3,810 2.6% $206,300 $63,125
Vadnais Heights 51 13,115 3.1% $206,400 $72,673
St. Louis Park 52 47,486 4.1% $236,900 $68,451
Mound 53 9,306 4.5% $225,200 $78,920
Golden Valley 54 21,040 5.4% $264,900 $81,919
Hudson 55 13,367 3.6% $225,900 $65,182
Chaska 56 25,078 2.5% $243,700 $76,673
Apple Valley 57 50,602 3.7% $218,100 $83,450
Eagan 58 65,874 4.4% $251,500 $82,855
Corcoran 59 5,572 4.0% $305,100 $101,659
Scandia 60 4,029 4.5% $323,000 $85,417
Falcon Heights 61 5,534 4.7% $283,200 $75,167
Prescott 62 4,217 2.1% $183,500 $74,875
Ham Lake 63 15,878 4.9% $268,600 $93,900
Arden Hills 64 10,126 7.1% $282,200 $91,875
Ramsey 65 25,329 3.6% $210,200 $88,286
Circle Pines 66 4,947 1.8% $174,500 $73,352
St. Anthony 67 8,790 3.2% $232,300 $64,504
Centerville 68 3,907 2.8% $221,600 $89,118
Rosemount 69 23,099 4.0% $240,300 $92,939
Otsego 70 15,065 2.0% $193,900 $89,556
Farmington 71 22,226 2.4% $213,800 $86,447
Lake Elmo 72 8,445 3.1% $375,800 $96,944
Hugo 73 14,223 2.4% $236,200 $86,789
Prior Lake 74 24,997 3.7% $286,100 $101,128
St. Michael 75 17,045 4.0% $223,100 $97,000
Wayzata 76 4,296 3.3% $485,700 $69,854
Savage 77 29,399 3.3% $263,300 $97,584
Andover 78 31,906 3.7% $241,800 $100,358
Independence 79 3,687 3.9% $408,100 $101,569
Stillwater 80 19,142 3.4% $248,400 $79,293
Minnetonka 81 51,651 4.1% $301,400 $83,496
Delano 82 5,754 3.5% $234,300 $78,114
Lino Lakes 83 20,758 4.0% $263,800 $105,934
Lakeville 84 59,786 2.9% $260,400 $98,864
Champlin 85 23,929 3.4% $205,700 $84,042
Shoreview 86 26,161 2.8% $238,100 $81,353
Mahtomedi 87 7,964 3.9% $298,200 $95,679
Orono 88 7,772 4.9% $593,000 $119,393
Minnetrista 89 6,963 2.2% $422,400 $143,191
Albertville 90 7,286 3.1% $189,600 $93,045
Greenfield 91 2,888 3.4% $389,000 $106,523
Plymouth 92 75,105 3.0% $310,900 $88,378
Mendota Heights 93 11,231 4.3% $351,100 $100,903
Afton 94 2,951 3.6% $411,200 $100,764
Woodbury 95 66,699 4.0% $282,700 $101,922
Maple Grove 96 66,969 3.6% $254,400 $96,410
Medina 97 5,633 2.2% $586,600 $137,692
Eden Prairie 98 63,206 3.2% $319,400 $101,094
Chanhassen 99 24,796 3.1% $339,800 $115,449
Waconia 100 11,523 2.8% $252,200 $87,394

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4 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Minneapolis Suburbs For 2018

  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.

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