CNN Money has released its annual list of Best Places to Live, and three Minnesota cities made the top 50 percent.
According to CNN, America's "top 50 small towns" thrive economically and trump other cities in the country as the best places to raise a family -- green space, affordable housing, good schools, and strong sense of community are all taken into account.
Chanhassen, Minn. made number four on the list, and CNN notes the area school district recently added $700,000 in grants for classroom tech projects and now has Wi-Fi on school busses.
APPLE VALLEY (17)
Apple Valley, Minn. is ranked at 17 and is ranked for its wide range of affordable homes with a median sale price at around $200,000. Also of note, Apple Valley is home to the Minnesota Zoo and the city's 53 parks.
Savage, Minn. made the list at 21. The town recently invested about $5 million to create an indoor sports center for families to stay active in the winter.