Real estate site names Minneapolis the best place to raise a family

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Whether you grew up in Minneapolis or are currently raising a brood here, the real estate brokerage site ZipRealty has good news: Based on the sweet spot where good public schools meet affordable real estate, the Minneapolis area is the best place for families.

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The ranking is the site's first, a product of the intersection of its "School Score" (test scores and class sizes) with its cost analysis ("the median price per square foot within the school district," the site explains).

The top ten list that emerges from that algorithm-of-sorts reads like a roundup of the places we tend to see on these lists alongside us. Minneapolis, though, comes in in the top spot. ZipRealty spotlights the Westonka Public Schools, on the west side of Lake Minnetonka, in particular, assigning the district a 9.6 out of 10 ranking.

"People continue to relocate to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area because of affordable housing prices, quality school systems, its many cultural activities, such as a booming music scene, and the burgeoning economic sector," said Lanny Baker, ZipRealty's CEO and President, in a statement.

Add this one to the increasingly-crowded shelf with the rest of Minneapolis's top ten accolades.

Here's the full list:

2. Chicago area
3. Portland area
4. Philadelphia area
5. Austin area
6. Westchester, New York area
7. Dallas area
8. Seattle area
9. Boston area
10. Orange County, California
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11 comments
k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

Smart. Somewhat passive aggresive population, but for the right reasons. Appreciation of nature, education, the arts, and equality. Progressive. Makes sense. Now these do have downsides. Politics of extremes. Good callout Onan.

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

Smart. Somewhat passive aggresive population, but for the right reasons. Appreciation of nature, education, the arts, and equality. Progressive. Makes sense. Now these do have downsides. Politics of extremes. No area is perfect.

Onan
Onan

If you actually read the linked article, it lists the "Minneapolis Area" and specifically spotlights the Westonka school district, not Minneapolis itself.

Mark Samuelson
Mark Samuelson

I can guarantee Lanny Baker (the seeming lead author of this ranking) and his cohorts didn't live here this past winter.

Jay Boller
Jay Boller

Realtors raise the best families.

TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

Ha, you do know that much of the time you can buy those ranks?   Ever heard of cities and states advertising themselves? 

Hint:  Minneapolis is of the worst government schools in the state, and they spend the most per student.  Saint Paul is right behind Minneapolis' performance and they spend the second most per student.  If this stat uses an algorithm-of-sorts the somehow calculates "schools", I assure you this algorithm is deliberately excluding those two largest and worst preforming schools.   

Basing your conclusion off a private company that may or may not have a vested interest...that's priceless!

Onan
Onan

@Princess D Finkelson Which part of North Minneapolis? Yes, there are some rough parts but there are also some very nice parts of North Minneapolis and can differ from block to block.

barbertj23
barbertj23 topcommenter

@TheConservativeJerk 

It's specifically referring to Mound it seems, it calls out the Westonka school district right on the map. While close to Minneapolis, no one who lives here get's the two confused.

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