These Are The 10 Best Places Places In Minnesota To Get A Job

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If you’re starting to look for a job in Minnesota, you’ve come to the right place.

You might think off the top of your head that Saint Paul would be an excellent place to find a job. And while the capital does offer many opportunities, it isn’t the best in the state according to the data.

Here at Zippia, we aim to answer questions like this using cold hard facts and analysis. So we set our sights on determining the best place in Minnesota to find a job.

After analyzing all 57 plus places in Minnesota, we came up with this list as the best places for jobs in the North Star State:

  1. Moorhead
  2. Mankato
  3. Edina
  4. Alexandria
  5. Shoreview
  6. Marshall
  7. Plymouth
  8. Sartell
  9. Eagan
  10. Owatonna

So listen up Cloquet as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Best Places For Jobs In North Star State

We first researched detailed data on all places in Minnesota. However, in order to properly compare places in an apples-to-apples manner, we set a minimum population threshold of 5,000 people.

This left us with 57 places in Minnesota to analyze.

We then ranked each place across a number of criteria from one to 57, with one being the best.

We took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place For Jobs In Minnesota”.

The criteria we looked at were:

  • Unemployment rate
  • Recent job growth
  • Future job growth
  • Median household income

Sources of criteria include the the BLS and Sperling’s Best Places.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart and a downloadable file of all the data.

Otherwise, learn how these cities moved up the career ladder.

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1. Moorhead

Moorhead, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 38,091Unemployment Rate: 2.90%
Recent Job Growth: 2.69%
Future Job Growth: 42.50%

2. Mankato

Mankato, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,246Unemployment Rate: 3.70%
Recent Job Growth: 2.69%
Future Job Growth: 41.70%

3. Edina

Edina, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 48,155Unemployment Rate: 3.10%
Recent Job Growth: 0.93%
Future Job Growth: 38.80%

4. Alexandria

Alexandria, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,260Unemployment Rate: 3.80%
Recent Job Growth: 1.64%
Future Job Growth: 39.50%

5. Shoreview

Shoreview, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,200Unemployment Rate: 3.20%
Recent Job Growth: 0.93%
Future Job Growth: 38.70%

6. Marshall

Marshall, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,551Unemployment Rate: 3.90%
Recent Job Growth: 1.95%
Future Job Growth: 40.00%

7. Plymouth

Plymouth, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 70,895Unemployment Rate: 3.40%
Recent Job Growth: 0.93%
Future Job Growth: 38.50%

8. Sartell

Sartell, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,545Unemployment Rate: 4.40%
Recent Job Growth: 2.85%
Future Job Growth: 41.30%

9. Eagan

Eagan, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 64,538Unemployment Rate: 3.50%
Recent Job Growth: 0.93%
Future Job Growth: 38.40%

10. Owatonna

Owatonna, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,489Unemployment Rate: 4.30%
Recent Job Growth: 2.21%
Future Job Growth: 40.10%

Detailed List Of The Best Places In Minnesota For Jobs

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Recent Job Growth Future Job Growth
Moorhead 1 38,091 2.90% 2.69% 42.50%
Mankato 2 39,246 3.70% 2.69% 41.70%
Edina 3 48,155 3.10% 0.93% 38.80%
Alexandria 4 11,260 3.80% 1.64% 39.50%
Shoreview 5 25,200 3.20% 0.93% 38.70%
Marshall 6 13,551 3.90% 1.95% 40.00%
Plymouth 7 70,895 3.40% 0.93% 38.50%
Sartell 8 15,545 4.40% 2.85% 41.30%
Eagan 9 64,538 3.50% 0.93% 38.40%
Owatonna 10 25,489 4.30% 2.21% 40.10%
Woodbury 11 62,158 3.00% 0.92% 38.80%
Hugo 12 13,198 3.80% 0.93% 38.10%
Willmar 13 19,541 4.70% 1.97% 39.20%
Hutchinson 14 14,111 5.30% 2.47% 39.60%
Rogers 15 10,035 3.80% 0.93% 38.10%
Minnetonka 16 50,151 3.40% 0.92% 38.40%
Lakeville 17 55,888 3.80% 0.93% 38.10%
Stillwater 18 18,229 3.80% 0.93% 38.10%
Roseville 19 33,833 3.50% 0.92% 38.30%
Champlin 20 23,198 3.80% 0.93% 38.10%
Richfield 21 35,347 3.50% 0.92% 38.30%
Crystal 22 22,242 3.80% 0.93% 38.10%
Faribault 23 23,297 5.00% 1.56% 38.10%
Hopkins 24 17,661 3.80% 0.93% 38.10%
Northfield 25 19,900 5.00% 1.56% 38.10%
Robbinsdale 26 14,048 3.80% 0.93% 38.10%
Rosemount 27 21,749 3.90% 0.93% 38.00%
Farmington 28 20,966 3.90% 0.93% 38.00%
Blaine 29 57,384 3.90% 0.93% 38.00%
Hastings 30 22,072 3.90% 0.93% 38.00%
Burnsville 31 60,676 3.90% 0.93% 38.00%
Minneapolis 32 385,023 3.90% 0.93% 38.00%
Bloomington 33 83,658 3.80% 0.92% 38.00%
Maplewood 34 38,186 4.10% 0.93% 37.80%
Shakopee 35 37,150 3.90% 0.92% 37.90%
Chanhassen 36 23,229 4.20% 0.93% 37.70%
Chaska 37 23,698 4.20% 0.93% 37.70%
Waconia 38 10,707 4.20% 0.93% 37.70%
Savage 39 27,143 4.00% 0.92% 37.80%
Andover 40 30,648 4.30% 0.93% 37.60%
Worthington 41 12,701 3.50% 0.34% 37.20%
Fridley 42 27,404 4.30% 0.93% 37.60%
Ramsey 43 23,612 4.40% 0.93% 37.50%
Anoka 44 17,250 4.40% 0.93% 37.50%
Winona 45 27,727 4.00% 0.64% 37.30%
Bemidji 46 13,485 6.40% 1.15% 35.90%
Rochester 47 106,903 3.80% -0.03% 36.10%
Austin 48 24,632 4.00% 0.44% 36.90%
Oakdale 49 27,508 4.40% 0.92% 37.40%
Otsego 50 13,506 5.20% 0.93% 36.70%
Monticello 51 12,711 5.20% 0.93% 36.70%
Buffalo 52 15,379 5.20% 0.93% 36.70%
Duluth 53 86,239 5.10% 0.39% 35.70%
Fairmont 54 10,579 4.70% 0.09% 35.50%
Hibbing 55 16,345 5.70% 0.39% 35.10%
Brainerd 56 13,609 6.50% 0.46% 34.40%
Cloquet 57 12,097 6.50% 0.39% 34.30%