MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Money Magazine has named Chanhassen the best place to live in the United States.
According to the magazine, American cities were ranked by taking into account affordable prices, economic growth and quality of life.
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A city with a population of 26,771, Chanhassen is now one of the “more expensive Twin City suburbs” with a median house price of $ 401,330 by 2020, median household income of $ 125,401 and June 2021 unemployment of 3.6%, according to the magazine. Overall, it puts the city ahead of the package. Carmel, Indiana and Franklin, Tennessee are the second and third best place to stay, respectively.
The magazine chose its list from cities with less than half a million people who met some basics regarding diversity, median income and crime. Then it looked at other quality of life factors like cost of living, facilities and education.
“Someone involved in local property will joke that there are people buying in Chanhassen for the Prince connection. However, most of the approximately 300 new residents who move here each year have several practical reasons: good schools and jobs, relatively affordable housing and lots of things to do, ”wrote author Samantha Sharf.
Some of the popular sites for the locals include the late Princess’ studio and home Paisley Park, which has now been transformed into a museum honoring the legendary artist. Other landmarks include the Chanhassen Dinner Theaters, Lake Minnetonka and the nearby Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
“My wife and I go pretty much every day,” said resident Don Decosse. “It’s just a lot of amenities. We have nice parks here, so it is a good family area. ”
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Further justifications for the city’s No. 1 location include a massive expansion of commercial and industrial spaces since 1995, 95 miles of bike paths and “first-class” school districts.
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“It was great news to hear, but honestly it does not come as a surprise,” said Chanhassen Elementary School principal Greg Lange. “Chanhassen is a wonderful community.”
“There are still some cornfields in the area, but visit Chanhassen’s walkable center and you will find a Target, four grocery stores and lots of locally owned shops – many of them run by women from the community,” Sharf wrote.
Speaking of women, the author notes that Chanhassen is driven by mostly women; three out of five council members, including Mayor Elise Ryan, are women. Half of the city’s department heads are also women.
The city “also finds out how to welcome new groups” with census data showing that the city’s minority population (16%) has more than doubled in Chanhassen between 2010 and 2020, the magazine said. Still, the city is still less diverse than the state as a whole.
“We all recognize that this area is predominantly white,” Ryan was quoted as saying in the article. “So you have to make the extra effort to make sure everyone feels safe and welcome in the community where they live.”
As for the city’s future, the population is expected to grow to 32,000 in the next decade, and the city is keeping up with demand by issuing housing units already issuing 181 of them by 2021.
Woodbury was named the 29th best place to live in the country, and Rosemount came in at 32nd.
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