These Are The 10 Happiest Places In Minnesota

We analyzed over 130 places in Minnesota to determine where it’s all rainbows and sunshine.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 2 years ago

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There’s a search that we are all on that dwarfs our job or career search — the search for happiness.

And as we all know, where we live and the job we have can all play a big part in our overall sense of contentment and happiness. For that reason, we took a dive into a the most recent census data to help you identify which places in Minnesota have the biggest smile of them all.

On our happy data journey, we settled on seven criteria to help determine which Minnesota places are the happiest. The criteria include things like having insurance, owning a home, and having a job.

As it turns out, life is all rainbows and butterflies in Mendota Heights, the happiest place in Minnesota.

Don’t start feeling sad, there’s plenty of happy to go around as life is still pretty sweet in the following “Happiest Places in the North Star State”:

  1. Mendota Heights
  2. Kasson
  3. Medina
  4. Lake Elmo
  5. Shorewood
  6. Chanhassen
  7. Victoria
  8. Waconia
  9. Lino Lakes
  10. Rogers
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There’s Nothing We’d Rather Do Than Measure Happiness In The North Star State

There’s a bunch of different studies out there that try to measure what makes people truly happy. And while we all know that money doesn’t buy happiness, it definitely removes anxieties and helps keep you healthy. It’s just that anything past about $70,000 a year doesn’t help as much.

So what else besides money contributes to your happiness? Well we think the following certainly do:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Having a job (As measured by the unemployment rate)
  • A short commute to work (God do people hate traffic)
  • Low cost of living
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)
  • Owning a home (That’s a big plus)
  • And the poverty rate (Money definitely helps out)

That’s a ton of fun — and happiness — for the whole family, backed by science. The data all comes from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey.

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 130 places in Minnesota with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 130 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the happiest (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Happiness Index for each place with the lowest overall Index being crowned “Happiest Place In Minnesota”.

Read on for more happy information about the top ten or skip to the end to see a list of how every places in Minnesota ranked. Our apologies to Maple Grove which ranked 11th overall and just missed the list.

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1. Mendota Heights


Population: 11,131 People Who Own Their Home: 86.2%
Married Adults: 62.6%

2. Kasson

Kasson, Minnesota

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,017People Who Own Their Home: 79.4%
Married Adults: 57.3%

3. Medina

Medina, Minnesota

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,163People Who Own Their Home: 92.4%
Married Adults: 66.2%

4. Lake Elmo

Lake Elmo, Minnesota

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,123People Who Own Their Home: 90.2%
Married Adults: 67.2%

5. Shorewood

Shorewood, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,438People Who Own Their Home: 84.3%
Married Adults: 65.0%

6. Chanhassen

Chanhassen, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,003People Who Own Their Home: 82.7%
Married Adults: 65.6%

7. Victoria

Victoria, Minnesota

Source: Flickr

Population: 7,845People Who Own Their Home: 88.4%
Married Adults: 70.8%

8. Waconia

Waconia, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,230People Who Own Their Home: 76.3%
Married Adults: 62.1%

9. Lino Lakes

Lino Lakes, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,671People Who Own Their Home: 88.9%
Married Adults: 60.2%

10. Rogers

Rogers, Minnesota

Source: Flickr

Population: 11,747People Who Own Their Home: 78.3%
Married Adults: 63.6%

Detailed List Of Happiest Places In Minnesota

City Rank Population People Who Own Their Home Married Adults
Mendota Heights 1 11,131 86.2% 62.6%
Kasson 2 6,017 79.4% 57.3%
Medina 3 5,163 92.4% 66.2%
Lake Elmo 4 8,123 90.2% 67.2%
Shorewood 5 7,438 84.3% 65.0%
Chanhassen 6 24,003 82.7% 65.6%
Victoria 7 7,845 88.4% 70.8%
Waconia 8 11,230 76.3% 62.1%
Lino Lakes 9 20,671 88.9% 60.2%
Rogers 10 11,747 78.3% 63.6%
Maple Grove 11 64,364 82.2% 63.4%
Albertville 12 7,159 86.4% 65.8%
Farmington 13 21,861 85.4% 62.8%
Champlin 14 23,591 83.9% 59.2%
Andover 15 31,271 91.2% 61.1%
Orono 16 7,690 76.2% 62.9%
Corcoran 17 5,482 94.1% 65.2%
Woodbury 18 64,544 75.2% 62.0%
Lakeville 19 57,715 86.1% 63.2%
Mahtomedi 20 7,923 80.6% 61.7%
Eden Prairie 21 62,096 71.3% 60.3%
Wyoming 22 7,764 87.0% 55.7%
Edina 23 48,940 68.1% 59.8%
Savage 24 28,055 86.1% 62.3%
Shoreview 25 25,673 79.5% 57.8%
Plymouth 26 72,868 68.7% 58.7%
Otsego 27 14,257 90.0% 64.8%
Ramsey 28 24,441 88.1% 60.7%
Cottage Grove 29 35,169 84.3% 59.5%
Sartell 30 16,123 66.8% 59.1%
Minnetonka 31 50,897 68.4% 57.1%
Blaine 32 59,295 84.2% 58.4%
Minnetrista 33 6,661 89.8% 69.5%
Hugo 34 13,850 85.4% 58.8%
Delano 35 5,598 78.6% 56.1%
Stewartville 36 5,990 74.8% 55.7%
New Ulm 37 13,328 69.9% 49.1%
Apple Valley 38 49,911 77.3% 56.9%
Eagan 39 65,053 68.3% 56.2%
Rosemount 40 22,469 84.1% 58.4%
Ham Lake 41 15,565 90.0% 62.0%
Lake City 42 5,093 66.3% 58.8%
Belle Plaine 43 6,794 76.1% 60.8%
East Bethel 44 11,614 93.1% 62.1%
New Prague 45 7,434 70.5% 55.6%
Stillwater 46 18,541 69.1% 55.3%
Prior Lake 47 23,956 79.9% 62.3%
North Mankato 48 13,403 69.0% 52.3%
Oak Grove 49 8,145 87.2% 65.9%
Baxter 50 7,710 64.8% 55.2%
Hermantown 51 9,588 63.7% 55.6%
Vadnais Heights 52 12,770 81.0% 54.6%
Owatonna 53 25,550 68.1% 54.0%
Elk River 54 23,346 74.2% 59.3%
Chaska 55 24,238 66.7% 56.9%
Golden Valley 56 20,683 73.1% 51.3%
Shakopee 57 38,613 74.4% 56.6%
Arden Hills 58 9,700 84.2% 43.8%
White Bear Lake 59 24,398 67.2% 52.0%
Redwood Falls 60 5,174 66.6% 48.7%
Fairmont 61 10,474 62.1% 50.5%
Hutchinson 62 13,983 64.7% 53.6%
Rochester 63 109,252 65.7% 52.5%
East Grand Forks 64 8,621 60.5% 54.8%
Thief River Falls 65 8,662 62.7% 43.5%
Jordan 66 5,784 71.5% 55.3%
Oakdale 67 27,705 72.9% 47.6%
Forest Lake 68 18,933 71.5% 53.7%
Monticello 69 12,974 72.0% 54.7%
Inver Grove Heights 70 34,258 68.9% 50.2%
Falcon Heights 71 5,439 52.1% 52.2%
Litchfield 72 6,689 63.4% 58.4%
New Brighton 73 21,899 62.0% 49.2%
Hastings 74 22,355 70.1% 50.5%
Fergus Falls 75 13,215 56.5% 51.2%
Mound 76 9,205 73.2% 51.3%
North Branch 77 10,099 79.5% 55.6%
Northfield 78 20,303 62.3% 39.1%
Bloomington 79 85,136 65.7% 50.3%
Morris 80 5,324 50.1% 40.4%
Roseville 81 34,554 60.8% 49.2%
Coon Rapids 82 61,809 75.2% 51.0%
Waseca 83 9,370 65.1% 49.5%
Crystal 84 22,459 68.9% 47.3%
Glencoe 85 5,575 64.4% 55.3%
Montevideo 86 5,283 58.3% 50.2%
Isanti 87 5,396 67.0% 52.2%
Buffalo 88 15,710 63.8% 53.2%
Maplewood 89 39,261 69.7% 48.8%
Cloquet 90 12,064 64.6% 46.8%
Albert Lea 91 17,931 64.0% 45.6%
Moorhead 92 39,053 56.9% 42.8%
Burnsville 93 61,059 62.2% 49.9%
Marshall 94 13,609 51.3% 42.8%
Mounds View 95 12,412 67.2% 50.2%
Grand Rapids 96 10,950 57.8% 47.3%
Zimmerman 97 5,268 65.6% 51.4%
Big Lake 98 10,230 78.4% 55.1%
Robbinsdale 99 14,196 63.8% 41.7%
Red Wing 100 16,502 62.6% 48.4%
Crookston 101 7,899 56.3% 37.7%
Sauk Rapids 102 13,079 62.6% 49.5%
International Falls 103 6,329 59.8% 47.4%
Detroit Lakes 104 8,834 52.1% 46.4%
Austin 105 24,760 59.2% 48.8%
Mankato 106 39,871 50.8% 36.0%
Hopkins 107 17,909 32.4% 41.6%
Cambridge 108 8,223 60.7% 45.1%
Willmar 109 19,626 55.0% 46.7%
Hibbing 110 16,330 61.7% 45.0%
Spring Lake Park 111 6,503 67.7% 43.7%
Alexandria 112 11,465 46.1% 43.1%
Brooklyn Park 113 77,579 66.6% 47.8%
New Hope 114 20,648 51.9% 46.3%
Duluth 115 86,239 55.7% 39.3%
Little Falls 116 8,291 59.9% 44.2%
Faribault 117 23,460 63.5% 45.7%
Fridley 118 27,494 61.6% 46.2%
Anoka 119 17,202 52.1% 45.2%
Waite Park 120 7,391 42.4% 36.8%
Richfield 121 35,877 60.1% 43.5%
Virginia 122 8,671 52.8% 40.5%
Little Canada 123 10,015 55.9% 43.2%
Winona 124 27,526 56.0% 34.1%
Worthington 125 12,920 56.7% 46.3%
Columbia Heights 126 19,605 61.5% 40.5%
Bemidji 127 14,319 46.5% 32.3%
Brooklyn Center 128 30,549 57.1% 41.6%
Brainerd 129 13,521 45.9% 36.4%
Minneapolis 130 394,424 44.9% 33.4%

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