These Are The 10 Cities In Minnesota With The Lowest Unemployment Rate

by Chris Kolmar
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If you find yourself dissatisfied with where your career is, but not your home, you might be looking for a new job within your community — but how hard will finding one be in your hometown? To help, we present to you the cities in Minnesota with the strongest job markets by unemployment rates.

Many people live where they do because a job brought them there, but if you’re trying to live up to a millennial stereotype and move to Minnesota for some arbitrary reason… or even looking for a new job or moving to a state first and getting a job after, then the job market’s strength is especially important for you.

Well we went to the source of all things demographic data – the Census – to figure out which cities have the lowest unemployment. We set a threshold of city population and found data for each city in the North Star State and crunched the numbers to find the cream of the crop:

  1. Shoreview(Jobs)
  2. Hutchinson(Jobs)
  3. Waconia(Jobs)
  4. Farmington(Jobs)
  5. Hugo(Jobs)
  6. New Ulm(Jobs)
  7. Sartell(Jobs)
  8. Otsego(Jobs)
  9. St. Peter
  10. Chaska(Jobs)

Even if you’re an employer looking for a strong community to relocate to, a highly employed population is a powerful indicator of a community’s overall health. And, in that regard, Shoreview takes the cake as the place in Minnesota with the lowest unemployment rate.

Read on to see how we help you identify those places in Minnesota that have the most robust job force.

Or for more Minnesota job information, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In Minnesota With The Lowest Unemployment Rates

Before we could dive into what Minnesota’s most employed cities were, we needed to know where to look in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 10,000 people and data available for our criteria.

This left us with 97 places in Minnesota.

We then looked at the unemployment rates to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to low unemployment, and our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought the rate alone was representative of the current state of each city’s job market with the potential for a person to get a job there, whether they were making an intrastate, interstate, or intercity job transfer.

We ranked all the cities for the criteria from one to 97 with one being the “most employed city in Minnesota”. Where there was a tie, the winner went to the bigger city.

If your city or town isn’t among the top ten, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

1. Shoreview

Shoreview, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,673
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Shoreview comes in at the top of our list, taking the cake and not sharing a bit of it with only 2.8 percent unemployment, easily blowing away the competition as the top contender.

Certain perks come with being the gold medalist like always having a job.

2. Hutchinson

Hutchinson, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,983
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
You might say that second place is actually the first place loser, but Hutchinson doesn’t… because it doesn’t look nearly as good on a dating profile as as “first runner-up” or “silver medalist”.

3. Waconia

Waconia, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,230
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
And rounding out our champions’ podium is Waconia, earning the bronze medal with a score of 2.8 percent in the unemployment rate category.

4. Farmington

Farmington, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,861
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Following right behind in the number four slot is Farmington. With a population of 21861 residents, Farmington is a solid place to move in Minnesota if you plan on getting your career search started.

5. Hugo

Hugo, Minnesota

Source: Flickr

Population: 13,850
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
The coveted #5 spot has fallen to the residents in Hugo. Numbering around 13850 people, this city is doing it big with decidedly desirable unemployment rate of 3.1%.

I’m really happy for them, you know, what with their stable careers and all.

6. New Ulm

New Ulm, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,328
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
The city of New Ulm is coming in at #6 with some solid numbers — not enough to blow you away, but enough to make you think twice about moving to another city you were thinking of just because of the dog parks.

7. Sartell

Sartell, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,123
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Taking the bittersweet #7 spot is the town of Sartell. With a unemployment rate of 3.2 percent, this city is doing big things like a boss — like the one that’ll be hiring you in this solid job market.

8. Otsego

Population: 14,257
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Coming in at #8, Otsego has a job market strong enough to tempt people away from some of Minnesota’s flashier cities where the unemployment rate isn’t as competitive.

9. St. Peter

St. Peter, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,403
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Finishing strong at #9 the town of St. Peter, where the unemployment rate is strong enough to keep this city, which is not at allknown as “The City of Hopes and Dreams”, but should consider adopting it.

10. Chaska

Chaska, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,238
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Rounding out our list and coming in at #10 is the city of Chaska, Minnesota. Don’t forget, just because it’s last place in this top ten list, that’s still out of 97.

Chaska’s parents are still proud of its life choices.

There You Have It – Unemployment Across Minnesota

There you have it folks, the Ten Cities With the Lowest Unemployment in the state of {state}. They have the numbers and jobs to back it up.

If you’re just dying to move to the {nickname} and feel like throwing caution to the wind and moving-first- getting-employed-later, stick to the cities in our top ten.

If you’d like more information on different cities and states around the U.S. be sure to visit to have all of your questions answered — and if you’re a recent college graduate thinking about moving states, check out which states college grads tend to stay in and which states they abandon.

Here’s a quick look are the places in Minnesota with the highest unemployment rate:

  1. North St. Paul
  2. Columbia Heights
  3. Worthington

Detailed List Of Cities With The Lowest Unemployment In Minnesota

City Rank Unemployment
Shoreview 1 2.8%
Hutchinson 2 2.8%
Waconia 3 2.8%
Farmington 4 2.9%
Hugo 5 3.1%
New Ulm 6 3.1%
Sartell 7 3.2%
Otsego 8 3.3%
St. Peter 9 3.3%
Chaska 10 3.3%
Rogers 11 3.5%
Vadnais Heights 12 3.5%
Savage 13 3.5%
Lakeville 14 3.6%
Grand Rapids 15 3.8%
Fairmont 16 3.9%
Rosemount 17 3.9%
Edina 18 3.9%
Champlin 19 3.9%
St. Michael 20 4.0%
Chanhassen 21 4.0%
Maple Grove 22 4.1%
Woodbury 23 4.1%
Eden Prairie 24 4.1%
Plymouth 25 4.2%
Crystal 26 4.2%
Stillwater 27 4.2%
White Bear Lake 28 4.3%
Eagan 29 4.3%
Roseville 30 4.4%
New Brighton 31 4.5%
Rochester 32 4.5%
Andover 33 4.7%
Alexandria 34 4.7%
Mendota Heights 35 4.7%
Prior Lake 36 4.7%
Big Lake 37 4.8%
Minnetonka 38 4.9%
St. Louis Park 39 4.9%
Owatonna 40 4.9%
Moorhead 41 5.0%
Elk River 42 5.1%
Apple Valley 43 5.1%
Cottage Grove 44 5.1%
North Mankato 45 5.2%
Ramsey 46 5.3%
North Branch 47 5.3%
Golden Valley 48 5.3%
Lino Lakes 49 5.3%
Fergus Falls 50 5.3%
Northfield 51 5.3%
Mankato 52 5.4%
Shakopee 53 5.4%
Blaine 54 5.4%
Burnsville 55 5.5%
Oakdale 56 5.6%
Monticello 57 5.6%
Cloquet 58 5.6%
Hastings 59 5.7%
Albert Lea 60 5.8%
Bloomington 61 5.9%
Maplewood 62 5.9%
Ham Lake 63 5.9%
East Bethel 64 5.9%
Little Canada 65 6.0%
Forest Lake 66 6.0%
New Hope 67 6.1%
Willmar 68 6.1%
Mounds View 69 6.2%
Anoka 70 6.2%
Richfield 71 6.2%
Marshall 72 6.3%
Hopkins 73 6.6%
Inver Grove Heights 74 6.6%
Coon Rapids 75 7.0%
Buffalo 76 7.0%
Red Wing 77 7.0%
Duluth 78 7.1%
Brooklyn Park 79 7.2%
St. Cloud 80 7.2%
Fridley 81 7.5%
South St. Paul 82 7.5%
Robbinsdale 83 7.6%
Minneapolis 84 7.6%
Faribault 85 7.7%
Hibbing 86 7.8%
Brainerd 87 7.9%
Austin 88 7.9%
West St. Paul 89 8.0%
Winona 90 8.1%
Brooklyn Center 91 8.1%
Sauk Rapids 92 8.1%
Bemidji 93 8.8%
St. Paul 94 8.8%
Worthington 95 9.8%
Columbia Heights 96 10.7%
North St. Paul 97 11.2%
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