So, let’s take a closer look at the number one small city on the 2010 list:
1. Eden Prairie, MinnesotaFirst on the list is Eden Prairie, Minnesota. With a population of 64,000, and an unemployment rate of just 5.1%, it’s easy to see from the description on the CNN Money site why it achieved the number one spot. I thought I’d investigate a little further to see what this town has to offer outside of the statistics that CNN Money provides.
RecreationFirst up, recreation-wise, the city boasts almost 120 miles of multipurpose trails and 1,000 acres of parkland that also contains a sledding hill and ski trails. From its website, Eden Prairie describes year-round activities that promote health and community, while maintaining a variety of sporting options regardless of age.
InitiativesThe city is also home to McKinstry Company, a business described by President Obama as a “model for the nation” for its work in creating more energy-efficient office buildings and schools.
Why People Move to Eden PrairieAccording to Eden Prairie’s promotional video, the two main reasons why people move to their city is because of its parks and schools, with the city having the largest high school in the area that is known for its academic achievements (90% of graduates go on to college). Other reasons include its location (close to the Twin Cities) and bordering Bloomington (shopping at Mall of America), and its business-friendly attitude. Over 2000 businesses call Eden Prairie home, employing approximately 50,000 people. Companies include Starkey, Stratasys, Digital River and Celleration.
A Few StatsThese stats are listed on the City website.
- Average household income: $123,466
- Number of single family homes: 16,375
- median value of a single-family home: $305,242
But don’t take my word for it, check out the City's website to see if Eden Prairie is your best place to live.