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Renter’s Guide to Maple Grove, MN
Maple Grove is located in Hennepin County, Minnesota. It’s among the largest suburbs of Minneapolis, and serves as the retail, medical, and cultural center for the northwest section of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. As well as a huge commercial center, the city offers ample residential neighborhoods, constructed around a number of parks and natural lakes. In 2014, it came 2nd place in Money Magazine’s list of top places to live in the U.S., and currently ranks #24 in the list of the best suburbs to live in Minnesota.
Maple Grove is the 8th largest city in Minnesota, with a population of 68,362 and an area of just over 35 sq. miles. It’s more than 6 times smaller than Minneapolis, so while larger than many cities in the state, it retains a calm, suburban feel.
The city is located around 16 miles northwest of downtown Minneapolis, which in good traffic can be reached in around 20 minutes. Several highways and interstates pass through Maple Grove, ensuring fantastic transport links in all directions. Interstate 94 is a major artery, which dissects the city from northwest to southeast.
Maple Grove’s climate is characterized by cold, snowy winters, and hot summers. Spring and fall are well established and all 4 seasons have something to offer. July is the hottest month with average highs of 83°F, while January lows typically reach 5°F. The city sees 32 inches of rain per year with summer months the wettest, and 46 inches of snow, generally starting in November through April.
Maple Grove, MN Demographics
- Total Population68,362
Female 32,573Male 35,789
- Median Age39.4
Cost of Living in Maple Grove, MN
Public transit throughout Maple Grove is provided by The Maple Grove Transit System, which operates services throughout the city. Additionally, 5 commuter express lines (780, 781, 782, 783, 785) run Monday through Friday, directly to downtown Minneapolis, plus one line (789) running directly to the University of Minnesota. Fares for these services cost $3.25 during rush hour, or $2.50 outside of rush hour (a midday service runs daily), while parking is free at all park and ride stations. Those with private vehicles can typically expect to pay $2.60 per gallon of gasoline.
When eating out, you will normally pay between $12 and $18 for a meal at an inexpensive restaurant, or $7.50 for a combo meal at a fast food restaurant. A 3-course meal for 2 will generally cost between $50 and $85, plus an additional $6 for a pint of beer or a glass of wine, and $4.20 for a regular coffee.
Based on a 915 sq. ft apartment, you can expect to pay around $155 per month on basic utilities. This will generally cover water, electricity, heating, cooling, and garbage disposal. You’ll typically pay an additional $56 per month to connect to the internet.
Average Rent in Maple Grove, MN
- Maple Grove, MN Average Rental Price, November 2019 $1,620 /mo
Maple Grove, MN Apartment Rent Ranges
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Living in Maple Grove, MN
Despite being among the largest suburbs in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area, Maple Grove retains something of a small town vibe throughout the residential neighborhoods. The city is well spaced out, ensuring residents can typically find all they need within walking distance. Parks and lakes lend a touch of nature to balance out the commercial spaces, while residents can enjoy a huge array of restaurants, cafes, and bars, as well as almost unrivalled shopping experiences and entertainment.
However, as one of the major commercial centers in the metro area, the city experiences large influxes of visitors at certain times, causing heavy traffic, particularly around the Shoppes at Arbor Lakes area. Parking can often spill out onto the streets, especially after working hours, causing further delays.
Things to Do in Maple Grove, MN
With 13 named lakes in the city, over 55 miles of trails, and 53 parks, plus a nature reserve, there’s plenty to keep outdoor enthusiasts entertained. Many of the parks contain various features, including picnic areas, playgrounds, grill areas, sports facilities, fishing piers, and even ice skating rinks. At Fish Lake you can rent out kayaks and paddle boards, while Central Park of Maple Grove is packed full of trails and other features to keep the whole family entertained all day. Head to Elm Creek Park Reserve for superb hiking trails, plus the stunning 15-acre arboretum.
After taking in all that fresh air, why not unwind at Minnesota's first 'lifestyle center'; The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes. This 412,000 square feet shopping mecca is home to all the typical, well-known stores, as well as a huge array of smaller, upscale boutique shops such as Pottery Barn and Brooks Brothers. You’ll find more than 65 stores and restaurants within the complex, as well as a movie theater, cafes, gyms, and much more. Several smaller shopping complexes can be found throughout the city if you just need to grab some essentials. For fresh local produce, a farmer’s market runs every Thursday afternoon throughout the warmer months.
The community center is a great place to gather for fun throughout the year, with indoor and outdoor pools, ice rinks, and community picnics. The Town Green is a great place to relax, as well as take in some live music during the Sounds of Summer series of free concerts. For a look at local culture, head to Bunce Backyard Productions, a small, family run theater, showcasing a number of spectacular shows throughout the year.
Employment & Economy in Maple Grove, MN
With a median household income of $101,859, households within the city earn well above national, state, and county averages, and more than in any other city in the area. Over 37,600 people are employed in Maple Grove’s economy, with manufacturing being the most common industry, followed by health care and social assistance, and professional, scientific and technical services. The highest paying industry is management of companies and enterprises.
The most common jobs held by residents of Maple Grove are in management occupations, sales and related occupations, and office and administrative support roles. Residents working in legal occupations are the highest earners. The top employer in the city is Boston Scientific, employing over 3,000 people in its research, development, and manufacturing facility.
Maple Grove, MN Households
- Total Number of Households26,283
Family 19,500Non-family 6,783
Children 9,854No Children 16,429
- Average People Per Household2.6
- Median Household Income$101,859
- Median Housing Costs Per Month$1,494
Education in Maple Grove, MN
Much of Maple Grove is served by the Osseo Area School District 279, although a portion is served by Wayzata Public Schools. Within city limits there is 1 public high school, 3 public middle schools, and 5 public elementary schools. Maple Grove Senior High is ranked #19 best public high school in Minnesota, and continuously scores well above average in terms of test scores, college readiness, and student progress.
The top-rated middle school is Osseo Junior High, ranked #23 best public middle school in the county, and scoring above average in test scores and student progress. Weaver Lake Science Math & Tech School is the top-rated elementary school in the city, with students well above average in terms of test scores, progress, and equity.
Maple Grove, MN Education Statistics
- No High School1%
- Some High School17%
- Some College26%
- Associate Degree9%
- Bachelor Degree31%
- Graduate Degree16%
Tips for Renting in Maple Grove, MN
Apartment complexes and townhouses can be found throughout the city, though the majority are located north of The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes. These modern neighborhoods are a fantastic choice, putting you close to shopping, entertainment, and work opportunities, as well as parks and public transit stations. More affordable options may be found in older neighborhoods south of interstate 94.
Well maintained sidewalks and special walking and cycling trails crisscross the city, making it a very pedestrian-friendly place to live. Plus, with good public transit options, you might not need a private vehicle to get around, especially if you work within the city — there are plenty of opportunities to do so.
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