The Best Minneapolis Neighborhoods To Live In

Updated December 30, 2020

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Minneapolis is an ever-growing and changing city with 83 recognized residential neighborhoods that are split into five subdivisions. Here’s what we know and what you should consider if you’re looking to live in Minneapolis.

Of the 83 residential neighborhoods, a number of them are great for homeowning, while many of them are made of mostly apartment buildings and other communal living. The five subdivisions are Northwest of Downtown, Northeast of Downton, Downtown Core, South of Downtown, and East of Downtown. You’ll be able to find more information on each of these by following this link to minneapolis.

minneapolis neighborhoods broken into subdivisions.

As you can see from the above map, the areas are divided mostly on the river and highways running through the city. For this blog’s purpose, we’re breaking down the best neighborhoods to live and own homes in. Let’s dive in.

Linden Hills

Linden Hills Minneapolis - Bde Maka Ska.

Located in southwest Minneapolis, Linden Hills is one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in all of the city. We’re considering it one of the very best places to live, own a home, and raise a family in 2021. The city is full of beautiful tree-lined streets and positioned right between both Bde Maka Ska and Lake Harriet. There are also restaurants, shops, and other attractions. We recently wrote a guide specifically featuring Linden Hills, where we touch on everything from restaurants to schools offered by the city. Be sure to check it out!


There are both elementary and middle schools dedicated to serving the Linden Hills area, and both of them are highly ranked, with roughly 90% of students graduating proficient in their skills.


Two of the most popular parks in Minneapolis are Bde Maka Ska and Lake Harriet. The parks located around these lakes are full of amenities like grills, playground equipment, and picnic benches.


An upcoming neighborhood with a lowering median home cost is Ericcson. Some have considered this southeast Minneapolis neighborhood a hidden gem that’s been overlooked for far too long. This smaller neighborhood makes its largest strides when it comes to home costs. Being a smaller neighborhood, it’s a great place to live if you’re looking for a dense suburban feel.


The schools in Ericcson are great for every grade. All of them are diverse, and there are even private and charter schools that aren’t too far from the neighborhood.


Lake Hiawatha falls almost directly in the center of this neighborhood. Within the park are many walking trails and trails along Minnehaha Creek that flow out of the lake. Additionally, there’s Hiawatha Golf Club located within walking distance.

Loring Park

On the very southern edge of Minneapolis. There are several historic buildings, such as the amazing Basilica of St. Mary. Other attractions include the Walk Arts Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Gardens. This neighborhood is home to over 8,000 residents as well as 300+ businesses. It’s the perfect neighborhood if you’re looking to be near downtown while still getting a small neighborhood feel.


Armatage Elementary School has a rating of A- from niche, and most of the other schools in the area report high test scores. Southwest Senior High School is one of the main high school offerings for most of the Twin Cities’ southern neighborhoods. The high school shows great test scores and achievement rates for its students.


While shopping and dining are two of the main attractions offered up by Loring Park, there are also several great parks in the area. The Loring Greenway is one of its most popular and home to walking and biking paths and an ice rink, fountain, and picnic areas. This park is home to many festivals and concerts as well.


Linden Hills Minneapolis

Uptown is an iconic neighborhood in Minneapolis that’s filled with more than 30,000 residents. The trendy neighborhood built right on the edge of Lake Bde Maka Ska is a vibrant spot for all the best things that Minneapolis offers. There’s great nightlife, plenty of outdoor recreation, one-of-kind restaurants, and boutiques. What else can you ask for out of a historic Minneapolis neighborhood?


While Uptown almost always attracts the 20 somethings and those who want to be right in on the action, there are still many great middle and elementary schools in the area. It’s important to remember that these schools will have higher class sizes because of how many more residents live in Uptown than in some other neighborhoods.


Bde Maka Ska makes its mark on Uptown residents as well as Bryant Square Park and Mueller Park. Each of these offers something different and special for every age. The surrounding lakes also offer all kinds of beaches for swimming and soaking up rays throughout the summer.

Bryn Mawr

White Bear Lake

Northwest of downtown is a small and much quiet neighborhood. Bryn Mawr is surrounded by over 650 acres of parks, lakes, and trails. Even though this neighborhood isn’t far from Minneapolis, it offers a very small-town feel and comfortable living for its residents. Most of the housing in the area is more expensive due to the neighborhood being further from the city and a 22% lower crime rate than the national average. Even while being a Minneapolis neighborhood, it’s ranked in the top 20% safest cities in Minnesota.


Bryn Mawr is a popular choice for young families looking to plant their roots and begin raising their kids. The elementary and middle schools in the neighborhood have great test scores and have proven themselves great schools.


Bryn Mawr is known locally as the neighborhood within a park. There’s not one direction you could without at least driving by a park. This is a real nature enthusiast’s dream. It also makes for quiet and peaceful living.


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