In its annual Best Places to Live
feature, Money Magazine
focused on 50 small U.S. towns that are thriving economically and benefit from strong communities, ample green space, and good schools.
Coming in at fourth on the list
is Chanhassen, with a population of just over 23,000 and located about 20 miles southwest of Minneapolis.
"Chanhassen was affected by Minnesota's woes during the downturn, but the town is bouncing back and taking fresh steps to improve," the article noted, pointing out that the area school district recently rolled out Wi-Fi on school buses and increased classroom tech projects. The town also beefed up commuter options, the article added.
One perk of living so close to the Twin Cities, Money stated, is that residents of Chanhassen have access to 34 parks, 90 miles of trails, and proximity to the popular Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Even in the winter, residents know how to make the most of the area, Money added: "When below-zero wind chills set in, there's February Festival with ice-fishing contests, sledding, and cookouts."