The Richest City in Minnesota Is Only 90 Miles From Rochester
This city just logged the highest median income in the state of Minnesota, and it's only 90 miles away from Rochester.
While Rochester certainly has its fair share of wealthy neighborhoods, it isn't the richest city in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Of course, Rochester isn't the poorest city in Minnesota, either, so we have that going for us, which is nice.
So which city IS the richest in Minnesota? I would have guessed maybe Edina, Woodbury, Chanhassen or one of the neighborhoods on Lake Minnetonka. But nope!
According to this Moneywise story, the city of North Oaks, Minnesota (just north of St. Paul, about 90 miles north of Rochester) is Minnesota's richest city. Its median income of $178,816 is the highest in the North Star State, Moneywise noted, saying it used data from Forbes magazine and the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey five-year estimate to come up with its results.
Here's what Moneywise said about North Oaks:
North Oaks began as a water source for St. Paul and then as a 5,000-acre research farm for railway tycoon James Jerome Hill. Today, it’s an exclusive suburb that covers 6,000 acres of rolling hills, woods and wetlands, with plenty of trails and lakes and a private golf club to entertain residents. The median home value in the area is over $830,000, says Zillow.
The site Homesnacks also lists North Oaks as the richest city in Minnesota in 2021, along with 9 other cities where the median income is higher than in any other place in North Star State, one of which is in our neck of the woods:
Shout-out to Byron, Minnesota, which Homesnacks says is the 4th richest city in the Bold North in 2021, coming in with an average median income of $94,153. Keep scrolling, though, to take at the most expensive home in one of Rochester's richest neighborhoods!