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Time Ranks Three Minn. Cities as Best Places to Live

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EMILY BEAMAN | THE SPECTRUM

Nearly half of North Dakota State’s student body is from Minnesota, and students have cause to be proud of the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Three of the state’s cities were ranked by Time among the top 50 best places to live in 2015. Chanhassen, Rosemount and Edina, Minnesota, ranked seventh, 12th and 15th, respectively, in the magazine’s list that included cities such as Acton, Massachusetts, and Johnston, Iowa.

Time ranked the 50 cities according to population, median income, job growth, median home price and property tax.

Coming at No. 7, Chanhassen, Minnesota, was highlighted for its proximity to Minneapolis-St. Paul, its “small-town vibes” and landscape arboretum.

“Homes are affordable for the area, and there are plenty of good jobs nearby,” Time reported. “While there’s plenty to do in town … proximity to the big city is key for many.”

“We have a great community that is extremely safe,” said Katie Anderson, a fourth-year pharmacy student and Chanhassen native. “We have a wondrous school district … I would put my children through the same school I went through.”

Anderson added that Chanhassen’s parks are a nice amenity, and a big draw is the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, of which she said she tries to attend every musical.

“Chanhassen really does deserve the ranking it received,” she said.

Five spots behind Chanhassen at No. 12 is Rosemount, ranked according to its affordable homes, downtown scene and, like Chanhassen, its “small-town vibe” and proximity to the Twin Cities.

“While there aren’t lots of jobs within the town’s limits, Sweet Harvest Foods moved its headquarters to town this year, and Thompson Reuters has a 7,000-employee campus in neighboring Eagan,” Time reported. “The commuter bus line also expanded its express service to Minneapolis last year.”

At No. 15, Edina, Minnesota, was ranked by Time for its schools, job market, access to the Twin Cities and parks.

“This town has 40 parks, and Centennial Lakes Park is a highlight with paddle boats and lawn bowling,” Time reported.

Edina’s average home price is well above homes in Minneapolis, the magazine found, but jobs from major retailers like Target and Best Buy provide jobs.

Chris Sonnek, a sophomore in sport management, said he thought Edina, his hometown, should have been closer to the top.

“I’m (biased) but honestly, I am surprised,” he said. “I thought it would be closer to No. 1.”

Sonnek added he’s not surprised Edina, Rosemount and Chanhassen were ranked so highly by Time.

“Towns in Minnesota have so much upside to them,” he said, citing the state’s greenness, activities like the state fair, Mall of America, nightlife and outdoor fun like fishing and swimming.

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