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Chanhassen, MN  Ackerman + Gruber

4. Chanhassen, MN

Updated: Jun 01, 2014 6:39 PM UTC | Originally published: May 21, 2014

Top 50 rank: 4

Population: 23,685

Chanhassen was affected by Minnesota's woes during the downturn, but the town is bouncing back and taking fresh steps to improve. The area school district recently provided $700,000 in grants for classroom tech projects and is now rolling out Wi-Fi on all school buses. The town also beefed up commuter options.

The housing market, which took a big hit, is surging back. Jobs have remained strong, and nearby Minneapolis offers big-name employers like Target and the Mayo Clinic.

One perk of Twin Cities-area living is access to the great outdoors. Chanhassen's highlights include 34 parks, 90 miles of trails, and the 1,137-acre Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. When below-zero wind chills set in, there's February Festival with ice-fishing contests, sledding, and cookouts. --Veronica Crews

Correction: An earlier version of this profile stated the Mayo Clinic is in Minneapolis. It is in Rochester, MN.

Chanhassen, MN

Town stats

Median family income (per year)$124,200
Job growth % (2010-2012)4.16%
Median home price (2012)$201,5001
Reading test scores (% above/below average)13.3%
Math test scores (% above/below average)16.9%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000)13
Property crime incidents (per 1,000)173

Financials

Median family income (per year)$124,200
Family purchasing power (annual, cost-of-living adjusted)$114,523
Sales tax6.88%
State income tax rate (highest bracket)7.85%I
State income tax rate (lowest bracket)5.35%I
Auto insurance premiums (Average price quotes, for the state)$1,594
Job growth % (2010-2012)4.16%

Housing

Median home price (2012)$201,5001
Average property taxes (2012)$4,498

Education

Colleges, universities and
professional schools (within 30 miles)
35
Reading test scores (% above/below state average)13.3%
Test scores math (% above/below average)16.9%
% students attending public/private schools (located within town limits)84.7/15.3

Quality of life

Air quality index* (% of days AQI ranked as good)N.A.
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000)13
Property crime incidents (per 1,000)173
Median commute time (in minutes)20.8
% population with commute 45 mins. or longer8.2%
% population walk or bike to work2.6%

Leisure and culture

Movie theaters (within 15 miles)32
Restaurants (within 15 miles)1,411
Bars (within 15 miles)117
Public golf courses (within 30 miles)175
Libraries (within 15 miles)37
Museums (accredited by AAM; within 30 miles)12
Ski resorts (within 100 miles)N.A.
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts)4.5

Weather

Annual rainfall (inches)29.41
% clear days in the area54%
High temp in July ° F85.8°
Low temp in Jan ° F3.4°

Meet the neighbors

Median age38.8
Completed at least some college (% of residents)84.3%
Married %69.3%
Divorced %4.4%
Racial diversity index (100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity)30.0