Minnesota February 10, 2018
These Are Arguably The Best Small Towns In Minnesota To Grow Up In
Here in Minnesota, every region of the state has amazing cities and towns that anyone would be proud to say they are from. From the sprawling Twin Cities or Duluth to the teeny-tiny towns of Luverne or Baudette, the Land of 10,000 Lakes is rife with amazing places to grow up. We used data from
Niche‘s list of best school districts in Minnesota to compile this list, and chose towns with 10,000 people or less. Take a look:
Wayzata has the benefit of having some of the best schools in Minnesota, from elementary school to high school. Not only that, but the town has the benefit of being on a beautiful lake full of outdoor recreation activities. Not only that, but it's a stone's throw from the Twin Cities, meaning anyone who grows up here is just a short distance from some of the best cultural opportunities in the state.
Here's another town that is a hop, skip, and jump away from the Twin Cities. This means anyone who grows up there will never run out of things to do. But it's still far enough from the metro to have plenty of space to play safely. Not only that, but Minnetrista has great schools.
Here's another small town with great school. Mahtomedi has a population of just over 7,000, so it is an ideal place for those who want to raise their kids in a small-town setting without going
Osseo is another small town with great schools. This town is located a few miles further outside the Twin Cities, making it a more rural community to grow up in. It has a smaller population, too, with just over 2,000 people living within its boundaries. But there's plenty to do in Osseo, and its proximity to the Twin Cities means there's always more just outside of town.
Middle River is a
tiny town in northern Minnesota. It's so small that it has a population of only 300 people. But for those who crave a rural experience for their kids, Middle River is home to a fantastic elementary school. It was ranked among the best small-town schools in Minnesota, making this an ideal place to grow up.
Karlstad is another tiny northern Minnesota with great schools. Not only that, but its location makes it close to just about every natural attraction you can imagine. There's always something to do outside here, from fishing to snowmobile to moose spotting. The town is the Moose Capital of the North, after all.
Brandon is another tiny town of just around 500 people. Located in west-central Minnesota, this town has great schools and plenty of outdoor recreation. This combined with the community feel make it a wonderful place to grow up.
Where did you grow up? What other small towns in Minnesota are great to grow up in? Why? Tell us what you think in the comments below.