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11/1/13 9:21 A

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I was actually thinking of Hopkins. It has that small close knit community feel, but still really close to everything. I currently live in Woodbury and I love it. I live in an older neighborhood which makes it feel more family friendly. Doing a short term rental may be the best option to try out parts of the city. Also the whole metro area is crazy for rush hour traffic, so make sure they are close to work.

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10/28/13 8:37 A

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I'd like to put in a good word for Hopkins, which is where our family has called home for the last six years. Unlike many suburbs, Hopkins was a little town on the railroad line that goes west from Minneapolis before the surrounding suburbs grew up around it, and it has an actual "Mainstreet" of restaurants and little independent shops. Our kids *love* their elementary school and have made us promise not to move out of the district until they graduate from high school (which we have no intention of doing, since the district consistently ranks as among the best in the state). Good parks, great diversity, lots of rental housing (more than half the units in the city are rentals), decent public transit for a suburb, and proximity to great running/biking trails -- can you tell I love it here? : )

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6/5/13 11:21 P

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I think a short-term lease like you mentioned might be a good idea if they are coming from out of state. There are so many great areas in and around Minneapolis, but everybody likes different things. I moved to Minneapolis from a suburb because I love the city. I've lived downtown, but now live more on the outskirts. My family is spread throughout many of the various suburbs, and everyone loves where they live.

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6/4/13 4:52 P

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Do you know the name of the company he'll be working for? That could give us a little better idea..... It's no problem. MN nice is alive and well. Do they have kids now? That would make a big difference.
Can't say that I have ANY clue about living in a small town where I know everyone. I live in Lakeville, which is a southern suburb of Mpls and we're close to 60,000. Grew up in Burnsville, which is one suburb closer to the cities and they're close to 65,000. I didn't know everyone I graduated with, much less everyone in the city.


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6/4/13 2:31 P

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I come from a small town with less than 10,000 people in the entire county. You can drive anywhere in 3 minutes. And, of course, everybody knows everybody etc. I guess I am way off base with my question. I'm so use to knowing every inch of this town. It was wrong of me to think that other communities are like that as well.

I just looked up the population of Minneapolis. Wow! There are more people in this one city than there are in the whole state of Montana. OMG I am going to get lost just trying to go visit my son.

I think it might be a good idea for him to find a rental with a short term lease at first. That way he can get to know the area before committing to a certain neighborhood.

Minicooper thanks for sharing!
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6/4/13 9:50 A

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SHEBRI123!!! The Minneapolis Area is HUGE!!! You may need to be a little more specific. Are they considering suburbs, n-s-e-w, downtown, outlying ring? There are boatloads of options and we have members from ALL of 'em so I'm sure you'll get great answers once we nail you down a bit. emoticon
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My son and his wife will be moving to the Minneapolis area in August. I was hoping to get some local input as to which areas are great for raising a family, and are there any areas to particularly avoid.

I would say they are middle of the road income wise. They can't afford anything too fancy. They are a young couple just starting out. Hoping to find a relatively average clean safe neighborhood. We would, also,really appreciate any advice as to which neighborhoods to steer clear of as far as safety goes.

Thank you all!
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