Eden Prairie, MN
What do you think of Eden Prairie, MN, the No. 10 city on this year's Best Places to Live list? What makes it a great American town? Are real estate prices reasonable? How are the schools? What activities and events does it offer? Is it a place where you can live a low-stress life? If you don't live there now, would you consider moving there? Tell us what you think. The best replies will be published here, and possibly in a future story on CNNMoney.com.
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Tell us what you think of the No. 1 city on this year's Best Places to Live list.
Posted By Anonymous : 5:43 PM  

What makes this city a great American town?
Posted By Anonymous : 5:44 PM  

If you don't live in this city now, would you consider moving there? The best replies will be published here.
Posted By Anonymous : 5:44 PM  

I lived in Eden Prairie for 11 years (1992-2003). Great place for my kids to grow up: fabulous schools, great parks. Homes are pricy, people are cold, winter way too long. Not a place to retire because of taxes, cold weather and lack of diversity.
Posted By Paul Maynard, Dallas, TX : 3:50 PM  

I live in Eden Prairie and I would definately consider it to be a TOP 10 city! The school system is unbeatable! Our test scores back it up. It is safe, quiet, a great place to raise a family. You can't beat the people who live here! I really can't imagine living anywhere else.
Posted By Nycole P, Eden Prairie MN : 6:38 PM  

I have lived in Eden Prairie for 10 years (the Twin Cities for 25). I laughed at the list of "cons" - one being winter weather...it's actually a well-kept secret. As the locals would say, "Cold weather keeps the riffraff out"! EP continues to improve in all areas which placed it in the Top 10 of this list. It's a great place to live!
Posted By Sue, Eden Prairie, MN : 10:54 AM  

Eden Prairie is COLD, boring and lacks cultural diversity. If this is your idea of a nice place to live, its perfect for you.
Posted By Mark-Anthony, Miami Beach, FL : 10:08 AM  

I lived the first 20 years of my life in Eden Prairie and would love to raise my own kids there someday. I feel it is a very diverse community, especially within recent years. The arts are a big focus in this community and is encouraged quite a bit in the schools. I went to "blue ribbon" schools and value all that I learned in ISD 272. It was the better than I could have asked for. There are always celebrations of diversity and activities in the community for all to enjoy and expand residents' horizons on certain demographics and cultures. I think this makes EP a great American town. I can see myself moving back to Eden Prairie in the near future.
Posted By Marie, Minneapolis (formerly of EP), MN : 8:35 PM  

While I'm unable to find a job in Eden Prairie, I do work in Downtown Minneapolis and the bus system Southwest Metro Transit in Eden Prairie does a fantastic job getting commuters to and from downtown everyday within 30-40 minutes during rush hour in addition to the University of Minnesota. We started out our lives here and plan on staying for a very long time. Yes, the temperature gets cold here in the winter, but it's the upper midwest. Some people happen to enjoy the sports associated with winter weather -- it shouldn't be listed as a con.
Posted By Brad Johnston, Eden Prairie MN : 9:11 AM  

I made a conscience decision to move my family and business to EP 10 years ago. It was the right decision. It would be hard to say what part of life has benefit more...my family or my business. It simply works on many levels and I am not going anywhere. I remember the business remorse when Best Buy moved on. But because of a strong core of people that have ethics, morals and a true business sense, as community we are stronger than ever.
Posted By Pam, EP, MN : 6:10 PM  

Eden Prairie is a great place to raise a family as the city is safe, has plenty of lakes and parks for recreation, and the school district is one of the best in the country. It has a small town feel to it, yet there is plenty to do to keep from getting bored, from shopping in its resigned mall to fine dining to attending a performance by the visiting St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Plus it is an easy drive to the Twin Cities and the airport. One drawback I found in my 5 years living there is that unless you are a "native," the people can be cold and a bit snobbish toward you.
Posted By Tom, Walnut Creek, CA : 5:39 PM  

I came from India and found Eden Prairie to be one of the best places to live. I stayed in Detroit, Dallas and other places. However, I liked Eden Prairie and each time, I came back to the same place. I love it here. Winter is cold, you say? So What? We have enough activities to do in Winter.
Posted By PK, Eden Prairie, MN : 4:14 PM  

When I heard that Eden Prairie made this list I was proud to be a resident. I have always thought of Eden Prairie as a picture perfect town. A town where you can raise a family in a safe environment, get a great education, play for a championship football team, and always be entertained by the many activities available at a close distance. It has a small town feel, and most of the people are very well off. The only con I was say is that many of the children become too sheltered in such an unrealistic environment, and thus become stuck up and uninformed of the events surrounding the outside world. Besides that, I would love to raise my children here someday, I love EP. EP football taking it back to state this year!
Posted By Andy Bohlig, Eden Prairie, MN : 1:36 AM  

Eden Prairie sucks. The people are rude and snobbish, the traffic is horrible, & the city planners are ripping up the "prairie", wetlands, and woods as fast as the developers can manage, (who are in the back pocket of these corrupt bastards). Other than that, it's a fantastic place to live
Posted By T, Eden Prairie, MN : 10:37 AM  

Yes, Eden Prairie is your typical midwestern suburb. The schools are supported, the availability of recreation and entertainment is right at your fingertips, (including fantastic high schools sports!) and its parks, lakes, and 'prairie' are aesthetically appreciated. All you nay-sayers may just be jealous...Don't knock it till you try it... :) I am proud to call EP my home.
Posted By Christine, Eden Prairie, MN : 5:06 AM  

Eden Prairie has a lot of potential to become a great city. One thing that comes to mind is the local politics. Right now the city council is controlled by career politicians that are not connected to the priorities of the residence. This needs to change or Eden Prairie can become the "THE TOP TEN WORST PLACES TO LIVE".
Posted By Patrick M. Eden Prairie, MN : 2:33 PM  

Too bad an option does't include other times In that case my favorite would be Southern California in the 60s and 70s. Home prices were low (cheaper than most other spots), the place was relatively uncrowded, and there were orange trees in Orange County!
Posted By Mike, Lethbridge, CANADA : 11:50 AM  

i lived in ep for 2 years now and wish my wife didn't love it so much cause it sucks. i really don't see why this would make the top ten considering almost all suburbs in the area have the same ammenities. i suppose the high school sports are successful but when you have 30,000 kids going to 1 high school your bound to field a good team.
Posted By Dan, Eden Prairie : 4:21 PM  

I have lived in the Twin Cities area now for all of my 30 year life. Mostly because I have family here and that is why I stayed, but every one of the city suburbs are the same, high priced houses, and mild activities if you don't like to boat in the 6 months we have warm weather. The snow has gone down drastically in the last 5 years, we only get about 2 weeks worth of snowmobiling weather and the lakes don't always freeze enouggh to ice fish. High cost living & housing, so-so public schools, freezing weather, not much to do, but there's no crime because nobody leaves their house to do anything in this state.
Posted By Erik Johnson, Eden Prairie, MN. : 11:24 AM  

I disagree its a top for minnesota through I live in st.louis park and grew up in plymouth. I've noticed that stlp is a great coumminty for new familys and offer great activites. This city has great diversity and is family friendly and people are nice here. My kids are not to school age yet but have heard great reviews on academics.
Posted By Angie,stlp,mn : 10:56 AM  

I could not believe that Eden Prairie made the top 10. I moved here 2 years ago and cannot wait to leave! The people are far from "Minnesota Nice", I agree with the reviews that people here are rude and snobbish. The suburbs of the Twin Cities are very "family friendly" and if you are a young, professional couple without children, you will be looked down upon for not having kids. Not only does EP lack culture but you cannot find a decent place to eat dinner or shop without driving into Minneapolis or St Paul. As soon as my husband is done with his MBA we will move. It won't be soon enough for me!
Posted By K, Eden Prairie, MN : 1:52 PM  

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