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SURROUNDING SUBURBS

There's even more to see and do beyond Minneapolis-St. Paul.

The Twin Cities are so much more than just Minneapolis and St. Paul. The Twin Cities cover 3,000 square miles and include many outlying suburbs that span seven counties, making it one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the Midwest. So if your wish is to live close to the big city without actually living in it, there is a wealth of communities just waiting for you to plant some roots. In 2016 four of these suburbs carved out top 50 spots on WalletHub’s Best Small Cities in America list: Woodbury, Savage, Cottage Grove and Lakeville.

For those of us who are looking for a greener way to get from point A to B, or for those who would simply rather have someone else behind the wheel while you catch up on emails, Metro Transit makes traveling a breeze. The area’s primary transportation service, Metro Transit offers the Blue and Green Line light rail options, which make key stops in both downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, the airport and Mall of America. And their robust amount of bus routes will whisk you from one end of the metro to the other in no time with the help of more than 300 miles of shoulder space on the freeway, ensuring riders avoid the congestion of rush hour traffic. These busses also run on ultra-low sulfur fuel with a biodiesel blend made from locally grown, organic products, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping to preserve the air we breathe every day. For those of us who prefer to get around in a healthier fashion, Nice Ride MN offers 90 stations and over 1,700 rental bicycles to carry you as fast as your legs can pedal. This dedication to public transportation has helped Minneapolis snag the No. 10 spot and St. Paul No. 18 on WalletHub’s Greenest Cities in America list (2016).

TWIN CITIES BY THE NUMBERS

CityEst. Population2030 ForecastMedian Home PriceChange from 2015Change from 2012Website
Albertville7,345n/a$224,950+7.1%+50.0%www.ci.albertville.mn.us
Andover31,70438,200$268,000+8.3%+30.7%www.andovermn.gov
Anoka17,66520,000$195,000+9.0%+58.7%www.ci.anoka.mn.us
Apple Valley50,16159,200$229,9000+2.2%+31.4%www.cityofapplevalley.org
Belle Plaine6,74210,100$207,050+7.1%+43.3%www.belleplainemn.com
Bloomington87,22489,400$232,000+6.4%+35.7%www.bloomington.gov
Blaine63,18076,700$230,000+4.5%+31.4%www.ci.blaine.mn.us
Brooklyn Center30,86433,000$165,000+6.5%+73.7%www.cityofbrooklyncenter.org
Brooklyn Park80,21591,800$214,400+10.5%+46.8www.brooklynpark.org
Burnsville61,90866,000$234,950+5.8%+42.1%www.burnsville.org
Champlin22,74124,200$224,000+9.3%+40.5%www.ci.champlin.mn.us
Chanhassen25,19431,700$336,950+3.7%+20.1%www.ci.chanhassen.mn.us
Chaska25,60732,000$272,000+6.7%+31.1%Mn-chaska.civicplus.com
Columbia Heights19,99521,800$173,950+10.0%+74.0%www.ci.columbia-heights.mn.us
Cottage Grove35,59642,200$240,000+8.1%+37.6%www.cottage-grove.org
Eagan67,50969,800$259,000+6.5%+33.5%www.cityofeagan.com
Eden Prairie63,18775,200$309,000+3.0%+20.2%www.edenprairie.org
Edina50,76653,900$436,430+9.9%+26.9%www.edinamn.gov
Excelsior2,2622,430$494,000-1.7%+69.5%www.ci.excelsior.mn.us
Farmington22,45128,300$229,000+4.5%+41.0%www.ci.farmington.mn.us
Forest Lake20,26125,200$230,000+2.0%+24.3%www.ci.forest-lake.mn.us
Golden Valley21,57122,000$290,650+9.7%+33.0%www.goldenvalleymn.gov
Ham Lake15,77317,700$319,000+7.2%+38.1%www.ci.ham-lake.mn.us
Hastings22,68426,000$206,100+5.2%+45.1%www.hastingsmn.gov
Hopkins19,22719,400$215,000+0.7%+34.4%www.hopkinsmn.com
Hudson13,58420,780$263,000+0.4%+34.9%www.ci.hudson.wi.us
Hugo14,35222,800$230,700+12.8%+40.5%www.ci.hugo.mn.us
Inver Grove Heights35,07142,000$217,000+12.1%+35.6%www.invergroveheights.org
Lake Elmo8,64314,100$407,070+1.5%+10.8%www.lakeelmo.org
Lakeville59,99174,600$307,000+2.7%+35.8%www.lakevillemn.gov
Lino Lakes20,51926,900$274,200+7.7%+31.6%www.ci.lino-lakes.mn.us
Mahtomedi7,8457,700$306,910-5.6%+22.8%www.ci.mahtomedi.mn.us
Maple Grove65,15580,500$256,700+4.8%+17.0%www.maplegrovemn.gov
Maplewood39,74245,600$199500+6.4%+37.6%www.ci.maplewood.mn.us
Marine on St. Croix676840$376,825+17.8%+37.3%www.marine.govoffice.com
Medina5,9677,300$537,500-3.2%+17.4%www.ci.medina.mn.us
Mendota Heights11,10511,300$360,000+6.0%+32.4%www.mendota-heights.com
Minnetonka51,64758,000$307,500+2.5%+20.6%www.eminnetonka.com
Minnetrista7,0299,800$456,500+2.5%+18.6%www.ci.minnestrista.mn.us
Monticello13,299n/a$199,700+7.4%+45.7%www.ci.monticello.mn.us
Mound9,2099,300$225,000+4.2%+33.1%www.cityofmound.com
North Oaks5,0155,000$650,000-6.2%+27.5%www.cityofnorthoaks.com
Orono7,4748,800$616,500+13.6%+63.4%www.ci.orono.mn.us
Otsego15,551n/a$252,913+15.6%+54.7%www.ci.otsego.mn.us
Plymouth74,59280,200$325,000+1.6%+18.0%www.plymouthmn.gov
Prior Lake25,04932,500$294,500-1.8%+29.5%www.cityofpriorlake.com
Ramsey25,36230,700$230,000+6.5%+50.3%www.cityoframsey.com
Richfield36,55735,600$221,625+8.1%+43.0%www.cityofrichfield.org
Robbinsdale14,75715,100$185,000+5.7%+49.8%www.robbinsdalemn.com
Rosemount23,04231,700$260,000+8.3%+43.6%www.ci.rosemount.mn.us
Roseville35,24434,000$225,213+4.7%+20.1%www.ci.roseville.mn.us
St. Anthony5,5335,200$240,000-3.4%+54.9%www.ci.saint-anthony.mn.us
St. Louis Park48,35449,100$245,000+2.5%+23.5%www.stlouispark.org
St. Michael17,196n/a$255,000+10.9%+39.3%www.ci.st-michael.mn.us
Savage30,02437,400$265,000+3.9%+27.4%www.cityofsavage.com
Shakopee40,25448,100$222,000+6.2%+33.1%www.shakopeemn.gov
Shoreview26,09225,500$221,250-6.6%+15.8%www.shoreviewmn.gov
Shorewood7,4587,500$453,250+8.6%+9.2%www.ci.shorewood.mn.us
Stillwater19,75421,800$287,000-11.9%+32.9%www.ci.stillwater.mn.us
Victoria8,77512,600$423,018+4.9%+22.9%www.ci.victoria.mn.us
Waconia11,75220,600$266,250+6.5%+29.9%www.waconia.org
Wayzata4,5644,520$525,000+8.6%+9.2%www.wayzata.org
White Bear Lake24,42424,500$215,950+8.8%+33.3%www.whitebearlake.org
Woodbury66,97480,500$294,500+2.0%+22.7%www.ci.woodbury.mn.us

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