If you’re a young professional thinking about moving to the Twin Cities, you’ll definitely want to check out the suburbs on this list. Using data and input from a local Movoto real estate agent, we narrowed down the 10 best suburbs of Minneapolis specifically for young professionals. In these suburbs, you’ll be close to the shopping, dining, nightlife, and entertainment in downtown Minneapolis, without the high city prices, congestion, or lack of space. Let’s take a look at the 10 that made the cut.

1. Hopkins

Source: City of Hopkins via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Total amenities: 1,800
  • Residents age 22-29: 14.5 percent
Hopkins kicks off our list of the best suburbs of Minneapolis for young professionals with plenty of great housing options, including townhouses and affordable ranch and cottage style homes. Stroll through down the lively Main Street and grab drinks or a bite to eat after work. Active young professionals can swim, fish, or have a picnic at Shady Oak Beach, or embrace the Minnesota winters at one of six ice skating rinks in Hopkins.

2. Burnsville

Source: City of Burnsville, Minnesota – Municipal Government via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Total amenities: 3,667
  • Residents age 22-29: 12.6 percent
The scenic suburb of Burnsville earned the second place spot on our list with thousands of local amenities and affordable townhouses for potential home buyers. Hike or cool off by Blackdog Lake at the 70-mile long Minnesota Valley Wildlife Refuge, or enjoy a picnic at the wooded 85-acre Alimagnet Lake Park. City events, like the International Festival of Burnsville, are a great way to get to know your neighbors.

3. Eden Prairie

Source: City of Eden Prairie Communications via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Residents with a bachelor’s degree: 40.1 percent
  • Residents in professional occupations: 58.1 percent
Eden Prairie comes in third on our list with modern townhouses, condos, and cottage style homes suited to a young professional’s lifestyle and budget. Eden Prairie provides a laid back suburban vibe close to big city amenities. Enjoy a hike through Staring Lake Park, then cool off by the water, or hit the links and network at Olympic Hills Golf Club. The Eden Prairie Community Center is perfect for year-round activities, and has an aquatics center, ice arenas, and fitness center for residents to enjoy.

4. Anoka

Source: Anoka Riverfest & Craft Fair via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Total amenities: 1,159
  • Cost of living: 104, compared to the Minneapolis average of 107
The riverside town of Anoka earns the fourth spot on our list of suburbs of Minneapolis, with a range of housing options for young professionals including affordable townhouses and craftsman style homes. Meet new neighbors and shop at local vendors at the Anoka RiverFest & Craft Fair, or see live local music on weekends at Concerts in the Park. Active young professionals will love hitting the links at the Greenhaven Country Club or enjoying a stroll and a picnic along the Mississippi River.

5. New Brighton

Source: Flickr user contusion

Key Stats:

  • Residents age 22-29: 13.1 percent
  • Unemployment rate: 5.6 percent
New Brighton’s chic modern condos are perfect for young professionals, while the suburb’s affordable ranch style homes give buyers room to grow. Cool off in the summer, have a picnic, or go on a hike at Long Lake Regional Park. New Brighton’s adult golf leagues are a great way to network while you relax and hit the links.

6. Robbinsdale (tie)

Source: City of Robbinsdale, MN – Government via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Residents age 22-29: 14 percent
  • Cost of living: 104, compared to the Minneapolis average of 107
Conveniently located Robbinsdale is tied for sixth on our list of suburbs of Minneapolis, with very affordable townhouses, cottage style homes, and bungalows for young professional home buyers. Cool off in the summer at Crystal Lake or stroll down the Victory Memorial Parkway. Main Street businesses and quiet residential streets give Robbinsdale a peaceful small town feel less than 10 miles away from all the action in downtown Minneapolis.

6. Shakopee (tie)

Source: Shakopee, MN City Government via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Total amenities: 1,343
  • Residents in professional occupations: 42.2 percent
Young professionals looking for a home in the Minneapolis suburb of Shakopee will find a variety of options to suit their needs, from modern townhouses to ranch style homes on large lots. Nature lovers can cool off at Fisher Lake, while thrill seekers can swim at the SandVenture Aquatic Park. Local events like the Night to Unite are a great way to get to know your neighbors at a citywide block party.

8. St. Louis Park

Source: City of St. Louis Park, Minnesota – Government via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Residents age 22-29: 18.6 percent
  • Residents in professional occupations: 52.4 percent
St. Louis Park makes our list with a high percent of residents age 22-29, and plenty of great housing options for young professionals. Home buyers will find chic modern townhouses and historic bungalows in this Minneapolis suburb. Convenient shopping is available at the Shoppes at Knollwood. Nature lovers will enjoy hiking and lakeside views at the Westwood Hills Nature Center. Public art sculptures are displayed around town.

9. Minnetonka

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Key Stats:

  • Residents with a bachelor’s degree: 36 percent
  • Residents in professional occupations: 52.2 percent
Minnetonka earned the ninth place spot on our list with a nod from local Movoto real estate agent Bernard Borschke for being a gateway to many lakes and outdoor activities. Home buyers will find everything from modern townhouses to contemporary style homes. Spend your weekends swimming, fishing, or picnicking at the Shady Oak Beach or enjoy convenient shopping from big name retailers at the Ridgedale Center. Community events like arts, music, or movies in the park are a great way to spend an evening. Residents can also grab fresh produce at the Minnetonka Farmers’ Market.

10. Prior Lake

Source: Prior Lake City Government via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Median earnings of bachelor’s degree holders: $70,669
  • Total amenities: 955
Prior Lake rounds out our list at number 10. This suburb of Minneapolis has plenty of chic modern condos and Cape Cod and ranch style homes for young professional buyers. As the name suggests, residents have plenty of options for outdoor recreation and waterfront activities on Upper and Lower Prior Lake and surrounding green spaces. Residents can also network while they hit the links at The Wilds Golf Club.

Our Methodology

To create this list of the best suburbs of Minneapolis for young professionals, we looked at the following criteria using data from the U.S. Census and AreaVibes:
  • Percent of residents age 22-29
  • Percent of residents who attained a bachelor’s degree
  • Median earnings for those who attained a bachelor’s degree
  • Percent of residents who work in professional fields
  • Cost of living
Then, because some things are just a little more important to young professionals than others, we weighed the percent of residents age 22-29 and amenities per capita to make up 35 percent of our score. Professional opportunity made up 20 percent, and cost of living made up 10 percent. We then averaged those weighted scores into one overall score, and the 10 lowest overall scores made the cut for this list. Want to see how other Minneapolis suburbs ranked? Check out the table below: table-ranking-best-minneapolis-suburbs-for-young-professionals Like This Post? You’ll Definitely Love These: