Best Places To Live 2013

21. Savage, MN

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Savage, MN City of Savage

Top 50 rank: 21

Population: 27,711

Located southwest of Minneapolis, Savage is a commuter town. Many residents travel to jobs in the Twin Cities, about 20 minutes away. However, a couple of large manufacturing companies have moved to the area recently, creating more local jobs.

Savage invested nearly $5 million to create a new indoors sports center that allows families to stay active during Minnesota’s snowy months. The town also has a quaint, walkable downtown. –H.L.

Savage, MN

Town stats

Median family income (per year) $101,216
Job growth % (2010-2012) 3.29%
Median home price (2012) $230,393
Reading test scores (% above/below average) 15.9%
Math test scores (% above/below average) 28.9%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 23
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 193

Financials

Median family income (per year) $101,216
Family purchasing power (annual, cost-of-living adjusted) $93,330
Sales tax 6.88%
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) 3.29%

Housing

Median home price (2012) $230,393
Average property taxes (2012) $3,565

Education

Colleges, universities and professional schools (within 30 miles) 39
Reading test scores (% above/below state average) 15.9%
Test scores math (% above/below average) 28.9%
% students attending public/private schools (located within town limits) 91.2/8.8

Quality of life

Air quality index* (% of days AQI ranked as good) 91.6%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 23
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 193
Median commute time (in minutes) 23.6
% population with commute 45 mins. or longer 12.7%
% population walk or bike to work 1.7%

Leisure and culture

Movie theaters (within 15 miles) 39
Restaurants (within 15 miles) 1,981
Bars (within 15 miles) 158
Public golf courses (within 30 miles) 181
Libraries (within 15 miles) 45
Museums (accredited by AAM; within 30 miles) 11
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 area 54%
High temp in July ° F 83.6°
Low temp in Jan ° F 3.8°

Meet the neighbors

Median age 34.2
Completed at least some college (% of residents) 75.5%
Married % 61.0%
Divorced % 7.4%
Racial diversity index (100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity) 72.3

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