An overhead view of downtown Minneapolis seen from the Mississippi River during midday

8 of the Best Minneapolis Neighborhoods To Check Out If You’re Moving to the Twin Cities

Minneapolis Minnesota

by Alex Keight Posted on February 8, 2024

Thinking about living in Minneapolis? Then you probably know that, despite what you may have heard, the City of Lakes isn’t just one big year-round block of ice. It’s a gorgeous green city full of warm people, avid sports fans, outdoor lovers, and scrumptious food. In fact, speaking of outdoor lovers, this midwestern city that straddles the famous Mississippi River boasts more than 7,000 acres of parkland and water, including 102 miles of trails, 22 lakes, and 185 parks! Not to mention, 83 lovely Minneapolis neighborhoods to explore. 

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And even though Minneapolis shares its fame with its neighboring twin city, St. Paul, it doesn’t take long to see that Minneapolis has a spark and spirit all her own. Once the city thaws out from winter — which, yes, is pretty dang cold (but you get used to it, we promise!) — the city sports some lovely weather, and residents truly make the most of it. 

Don’t get us wrong. Just like any big city, it’s not blue skies and sunshine all the time, literally and figuratively speaking. Minnesota has a fairly high sales tax rate, and it struggles with a high rate of crime. Still, nearly half a million residents love to call Minneapolis home, and we’re pretty sure you’ll love it, too. 

Whether you’re looking for classy or comfort foods, park time or playtime, trendy or traditional, sun or snow — you’ll find it here. 

The Best Minneapolis Neighborhoods (Plus a Few In St. Paul, Just ‘Cause)

Because there are more than 80 neighborhoods to choose from in Minneapolis, you’ve got your work cut out for you. Luckily, we’ve volunteered to help narrow down the contenders and point you in the right direction — toward some of the best neighborhoods in Minneapolis. Each Minneapolis neighborhood has its own personality, style, and vibe, so we’ll take a look at some of the most important elements to each spot, including type of housing, average housing costs, what the schools are like, what the people are like, and what there is to do nearby. We’ll also give you a peak at some top spots in its sister city of St. Paul, just in case anything tickles your fancy there.

To get us started, here are some helpful stats on home and rental prices to reference as we cover each of the Minneapolis neighborhoods.

Minneapolis Housing Costs

As of November 2023, RentCafe reports the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Minneapolis is around $1,675 a month. When it comes to owning a home, Zillow lists the average home value at almost $303,800, which is a little more than a 1 percent increase over the previous year (as of December 2023).

St. Paul Housing Costs

In twin city St. Paul, average rent runs just over $1,400 a month for a 797-square-foot apartment, as of November 2023. The average home value meanwhile, as of December 2023, is around $271,800 — up 1.4 percent over the previous year.

National Housing Costs

According to August 2023 data from Apartment List, the average rent in the U.S. is around $1,375. As for the national average home price, it’s $342,700, according to Zillow, as of December 2023. 

Q: What is the nicest suburb of Minneapolis?
If you’re looking at Minneapolis neighborhoods slightly outside the city, check out Lauderdale, Medina, Shoreview, and Falcon Heights, which are all ranked among the best suburbs to live in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Area, according to Niche. 

Loring Park with Downtown Minneapolis in the background

Loring Park is where you’ll find the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, the world’s largest urban sculpture park.

1. Loring Park

Located on the southwestern edge of Downtown Minneapolis, Loring Park is known for hosting some of the city’s biggest festivals. It’s also home to a collection of good eats, kid- and dog-friendly areas, and cultural and historic institutions, such as the Walker Art Center and Basilica of St. Mary. It’s also where you’ll find the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, the world’s largest urban sculpture park.

Expect a good selection of contemporary condos, townhomes, and apartment buildings with amenities from outdoor pools to on-site laundry. As of December 2023, the average home value in Loring Park is around $183,500 — which, according to Zillow, is actually down more than 11 percent from the previous year. RentCafe reports the average rent to be just under $1,350 monthly, as of November 2023. 

This neighborhood is popular, convenient, relaxed, and affordable — a big hit with students attending the local technical college, families, young professionals, commuters, and anyone looking for a busy but relaxed spot with an enviable selection of things to do. Niche gives public schools here a solid B- grade overall, with Meadow Ridge Elementary School receiving an A+ grade. 

A sailboat on Lake Harriet in Minneapolis during autumn. The trees on the shoreline are a striking rainbow of oranges, reds, and yellows

Fulton ranks as one of the best neighborhoods in Minneapolis to raise a family. 

2. Fulton

Families love Fulton! Not only does this friendly southwest neighborhood have excellent schools, but it also boasts a small-town vibe and plenty of access to greenspaces, including parks, Lake Harriet, and Minnehaha Creek. Niche ranks Fulton as one of the best neighborhoods in Minneapolis for families (#4 in best places to raise a family, to be specific). And did we mention it's also just a 20-minute drive from Downtown Minneapolis? 

Home ownership is big here — and the homes are adorable. Think 1920s bungalows with tons of charm, renovated single-family homes with yards, and custom builds, as well as lots over 5,000 square feet. As of December 2023, Zillow lists the typical home value at just under $550,000 (up 2.6 percent from the previous year), though it's common to find price tags around $1 million. Renting is a lot less common, though not unheard of. RentCafe lists the average rent in Fulton at $1,275 a month, as of November 2023.

Fulton is small and walkable and sports three main streets that are lined with cute cafés, shops, and bars. Got kids? With a rec center full of events, festivals, a wading pool, and playground, Pershing Park is the perfect kid-friendly place to spend a day. 

Q: What is the nicest neighborhood in Minneapolis?
Looking for nice neighborhoods in Minneapolis? Check out Fulton, which is a small and walkable neighborhood and one of the best in Minneapolis for families, according to Niche. Or, head to Linden Hills which is ranked among the best neighborhoods to live in Minneapolis, thanks to its good schools, dense suburban feel, access to nature, and mix of shops and bars. If you’re interested in the other Twin City, check out Macalester-Groveland, which Niche ranks as the #1 best neighborhood to live in St. Paul.

The castle-inspired Lake Harriet Band Shell venue in Linden Hills, Minneapolis

When the weather is nice, you’ll likely find Linden Hill residents renting canoes, biking and walking the three miles of dedicated paths, and soaking up the free shows at the castle-inspired Band Shell.

3. Linden Hills

Love the outdoors and unsure where to live in Minneapolis? Linden Hills is bordered on three sides by two green parks and two tranquil lakes (Bde Maka Ska and Lake Harriet). This picturesque southwest Minneapolis neighborhood also has beautiful tree-lined streets (gorgeous in the fall), a vintage streetcar, independent shops and eateries, and an overall eclectic vibe boasting a small-town feel. During good weather, you’ll likely find residents renting canoes, biking and walking the three miles of dedicated paths, and soaking up the free shows at the castle-inspired Band Shell. 

However, this higher quality of life comes at a price. Most residents in Linden Hills own their homes, and Zillow lists the average home value in December 2023 at nearly $592,000 (around $290,000 more than the city’s typical home value). Rent is also slightly higher, with only 2 percent of apartments costing $1,000 or less a month and 71 percent going for as much as $2,000 a month, as of November 2023. Whether you rent or buy, though, expect a good selection of housing, ranging from cute cottages and bungalows to contemporary condos and older apartments. 

Niche rates Linden Hills as #8 among the best neighborhoods to live in Minneapolis and gives its public schools an overall B grade. Many families move here for the schools, dense suburban feel, and variety of outdoor activities, while the neighborhood is also popular with young professionals who like the mix of shops, restaurants, bars, and access to nature. 

The North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis. The buildings are older, made of brick, and the downtown skyscrapers loom in the distance

Most people rent in North Loop, where the average rent hovers around $1,925 per month.

4. North Loop

The North Loop Minneapolis neighborhood (a.k.a. The Warehouse District) is a hip hotspot along the edge of the Mississippi River. Aptly named, this area is full of old warehouses that have been converted and renovated into office spaces and apartments. The vibe is young, creative, and industrial. North Loop is certainly one of the cool neighborhoods in Minneapolis and is extremely popular with the young professional crowd who love the collection of trendy bars, hip eateries and boutiques, and easy, adjacent commutes into Downtown Minneapolis. 
As it’s one of the best areas to live in Minneapolis for young professionals, most folks here rent. And, according to RentCafe, the average rent is around $1,925 for an 820-square-foot apartment, as of November 2023. And because most of the buildings here are converted warehouses, you can expect a lot of loft options. The average home value in the area as of December 2023 is around $317,000, according to Zillow.

Niche gives North Loop an overall A grade, though it’s important to note that it only has average scores when it comes to crime and safety — perhaps why there are not many families here. However, that doesn’t stop residents from taking advantage of the walkability, great access to public transit, or greenspaces along the river. 

Trams and mural walls in the Downtown West area of Minneapolis

Downtown West is where you’ll want to live if you want to be right in the thick of it all — live music, snazzy restaurants, great bars, and entertainment options galore. 

5. Downtown West 

As part of the Central Minneapolis downtown area, Downtown West is where you’ll want to live if you want to be right in the thick of it all — live music, snazzy restaurants, great bars, and entertainment options galore. Plus, thanks to the dense layout and plentiful public transportation, including the elevated Minneapolis Skyway System (key during winter), it’s perfect for pedestrians. 

You’ll find mostly young professionals occupying the high-rise apartments and condos in this vibrant, work hard/play hard (and late!) area. The average home value is around  $207,600 (down 7.7 percent over the previous year) as of December 2023, but most people here tend to rent. And while the average rent in Downtown Minneapolis is around $1,650 a month as of November 2023, the range is huge. Studios start at about $500 a month, and 3-bedrooms can go for upwards of $12,000 a month.

Having the city on your doorstep also means dealing with city noise, late-night shenanigans, and traffic, particularly during rush hour and sports games (which are all hosted downtown). 

Two homes on a green hilltop in teh Malacaster-Groveland neighborhood in St. Paul

Niche rates Mac-Groveland as the best neighborhood to live in St. Paul. 

6. Macalester-Groveland (St. Paul)

Located 15 minutes in either direction from both central Minneapolis and Downtown St. Paul, Macalester-Groveland gives young professionals, students attending the nearby colleges, and families access to the best of both cities — without any of the chaos. The vibe here is quiet and suburban but not dead. There are several coffee shops, restaurants, parks, and bars to check out right in the neighborhood, and you can typically find the most action off the neighborhood's central vein of Grand Avenue. 

The average home value in Mac-Groveland is about $416,000 as of December 2023, higher than in Minneapolis or most of St. Paul, though you’ll catch a break with rentals. Average rent here runs about $1,350 a month, as of November 2023. There are a lot of apartments for sale and rent in addition to cute 1950s single-family homes, large renovated houses with multiple bedrooms and a yard, and charming Craftsman bungalows, typically all (except the apartments) on lots over 5,000 square feet. 

Niche rates Mac-Groveland as the #1 best neighborhood to live in St. Paul. Public schools here are rated above-average, and there are also a few colleges around. And, given its A+ grade in crime & safety, it’s a good place to look when considering the safest neighborhoods in Minneapolis. Keep this neighborhood in mind if you’re looking for a pedestrian-friendly spot with easy access to greenspace (including the Mississippi River), big city amenities, and a little slice of sweet suburban life. 

The bridges leading into downtown St. Paul

Downtown St. Paul is home to gorgeous river views, museums, and live music and performance venues like the Palace Theatre, along with plenty of bars and restaurants.

7. Downtown (St. Paul)

This second heart of the Twin Cities proves life beats just as strong on the east side of the river. Some of the biggest bonuses to Downtown St. Paul? It’s dense, walkable, safe, full of character, and, quite often, the life of the party. Most people who live here are young professionals or students who want to soak up the energy and get around on foot or by bike. 

The majority of people who live here rent and live in large apartment complexes or in renovated loft spaces. Average rent runs just under $1,600, with 74 percent of rentals going for between $1,000 and $2,000 a month, and 17 percent costing more than that, as of November 2023. And most rentals have good amenities such as laundry, fitness centers, and on-site management. The average home value is around $182,000 as of December 2023, and you’ll find mostly lofts and condos on the market. 

Trying to decide between Central/Downtown Minneapolis and Downtown St. Paul? The good safety of Downtown St. Paul just might tip the scales. Well, that plus the gorgeous river views, museums, live music and performance venues like the Palace Theatre, bars, restaurants, and a good amount of greenspace. There’s certainly a lot to love about the Downtown St. Paul area.

Homes along Summit Ave.

Summit Hill is one of the oldest neighborhoods in St. Paul, which you may notice as you walk the streets lined with well-kept Gilded-Age and Victorian mansions.

8. Summit Hill (St. Paul)

Love history? Head over to Summit Hill — one of the oldest neighborhoods in St. Paul — where you’ll find as much history as beauty in the area’s well-kept Gilded-Age and Victorian mansions (including F. Scott Fitzgerald’s house!). This affluent neighborhood gives a taste of the high life with European-style bakeries, luxury boutiques, and upscale restaurants.  

While big homes with big price tags are the norm here, you’ll also find sprinklings of smaller single-family homes and contemporary condos with somewhat more affordable prices. And public schools here have an overall B+ rating from Niche, which plays a part in its ranking as the second-best neighborhood to raise a family in St. Paul. As of December 2023, Zillow reports the average home value to be just over $520,000, while average rent runs about $1,550 a month, as of November 2023. 

Shop ‘til you drop on Grand Ave, eat your way down Selby Avenue, or just go for a stroll to admire the historic architecture (like the beautiful Blair Arcade built in 1887) lining the streets of this pedestrian-friendly neighborhood. 

Looking for a few more options on that vast Minneapolis neighborhoods map? Take a look at these. 
  • Uptown Minneapolis
  • Northeast Minneapolis
  • Dinkytown

A young couple packing up their homes, surrounded by cardboard boxes

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Planning Your Move

Hopefully this Minneapolis neighborhood guide has pointed you in the right direction (that is, toward some of the best neighborhoods in the Twin Cities)! From local moves to relocations across the country, when it’s time to make the move to Minneapolis, choose a flexible moving and storage service like PODS that will allow you to pack, load, and move at your own pace.

Until then, check out the PODS Blog for tips and tricks to help you start planning your move. We’ve got all the goods — from this handy apartment moving checklist to how to get accurate moving cost estimates to stuff you should know about renting portable storage containers. Basically, we’re here for you — every step of the way. 

Alex Keight is a frequent contributor to the PODS Blog who has moved 25+ times because she loves to experience new places.

Editor’s note: For ease of reading, monthly rental prices were rounded to the nearest $25 and home values were rounded to the nearest $100.

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