Plymouth, MN CNN’s #1 Best Place to Live (really?)

The greater Twin Cities metro area had quite a few cities that made CNN’s top 100 best small cities to live in this year. Plymouth, Eagan, Eden Prairie, Apple Valley, Lakeville, Burnsville, Blaine and Maple Grove all
made the list.

Here’s the full link.

Okay, so I’ve only been in MN for 5 years and can’t remember driving through Plymouth. What’s so great about it?

3 Comments so far

  1. Art (artallen) on August 29th, 2008 @ 12:54 pm

    Erica included this in a roundup one time. She grabbed the best reaction to the whole thing from the Twin Cities Livejournal Community: “[Y]ou’ll see most of what got Plymouth into the #1 spot isn’t even located in Plymouth.”

    I live in Plymouth and have for most of my life. That statement is 100% accurate. Plymouth doesn’t have a mall (that’s in Minnetonka), Plymouth doesn’t have a restaurant or other retail district (that’s in Maple Grove), Plymouth doesn’t have much of an arts scene (that’d be in Minneapolis, St. Paul, or even Hopkins and Golden Valley)… basically all Plymouth has is a movie theater–and not even a great one.


  2. Erica M (ericam) on August 29th, 2008 @ 2:33 pm

    I lived in Plymouth for an appalling 3 or so years out of the eight-ish that I’ve been here. It’s basically Maple Grove, but older. Eden Prairie, but a little less snooty.

    It’s completely unremarkable. Maybe that’s the real draw. No "charm" (historical or manufactured). Interestingness attracts hooligans. It’s pleasantly boring.


  3. lexicon on August 29th, 2008 @ 5:09 pm

    Like Art said, it’s not Plymouth, per se… but the fact that Plymouth is within a short driving distance of a number of apparently desirable things in the TC Metro.



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