Plymouth rocks

Money Magazine, the magazine that’s made surveys a cottage industry, has another Minnesota feel-good survey for us.

Plymouth, you’re number one.

Lots of rich people, plenty of good jobs, and — no doubt — more than a few Money Magazine subscribers makes it the “best small city in America.”

Eagan is at #17

More people come to work in Eagan than leave each day. Big companies like Thompson-Routers and Blue Cross Blue Shield are its largest employers.

Check with us on that a year from now, Money.

Apple Valley is #24

To combat urban sprawl, the city has a core downtown area where all commercial businesses lie, with the surrounding neighborhoods free from them.

No offense, Apple Valley — and Money — but unless I’m missing something, you look like just about any suburb in America.

Lakeville, which actually has a there there, is #26.

Lakeville is a southern suburb of the Twin Cities that has more than 100 years of history. The town treasures an historic downtown that gives it a unique feel compared to other burbs.

Eden Prairie is #40. Maple Grove is #41. Burnsville is #43. Rochester is #70 (not really sure why Rochester is on this list since it’s apparent you have to be a cookie-cutter suburb to even be considered in Minnesota. How else do you explain the absence of so many — you know — small cities where people actually answer with the name of the city they actually live in when people ask them where they’re from?). Blaine is #93.

Texas had the most number of cities on the list (13). Minnesota tied with New Jersey (9) for second.

  • Joel

    Richfield, represent! We’ve got the Best Buy HQ and, um, …we’re right next to the airport? Oh yeah, we also don’t really have any downtown to speak of. But we are supposed to be getting a new bike path (finally), so we’re very progressive, if that counts, which I don’t think it does.

  • I don’t get what magazine journalists see about our lame suburbs. Eden Prairie topped someone else’s list last year, right? EP is the worst excuse for “city” I’ve ever seen. Same with Plymouth. It’s beyond bizarre to me.

    What about Hopkins? It’s a REAL town!

  • You really must click on Bob’s link to the Plymouth write-up. Otherwise, you’d never know that the town’s great attractions include the famed Hilde Performance Center, the must-see Fire & Ice Festival and the Mall of America, just a quick drive away!

    But the capper is a photo representing the town’s lakes, which are not shown in favor of three Ralph Lauren-looking rubber-booted gents bearing fishing poles, but no buckets or tackle boxes.

    Fishing without the ick factor — indeed, a pretty accurate of view Moneyed small city perfection.

  • al

    Plymouth? As we drove into the other day I commented “Hey look we’re actually in Plymouth. Who knew it went this far west?” It’s more a square on the map that determines which city council gets to make the infrastructure and police decisions than a real city.

  • I started editing,_Minnesota and stopped, thinking… why?

  • fasolamatt

    Eagan: Thompson-Routers? Geez, all those ads on CNBC aren’t getting through to Money (who at least got it half right) or you. C’mon, Bob, there are 7,000 of us working in Eagan, and I know at least two of us are MPR members!

    fasolamatt at Thomson Reuters

  • mikeA

    Bob, I picked up a sense of annoyance that Goodbury was not on the list of cookie cutter suburbs…

  • Bob Collins

    First of all, isn’t ANYBODY going to comment on the title of this thread?

    Second, re: Woodbury. AS near as I can tell, Woodbury had ALL the qualifications to be in the list somewhere. We have no downtown. We have our shopping confined to a particular area. We don’t know our neighbors that well, we have a Home Depot, WalMart, Sam’s Club, tons of banks, lots of parks, and your odds of running into a non-white person are very low. We have no sense of history in the town. We never met a corn field — or open space — that we liked. All of the architecture consists of one right angle meeting another right angle.

    I don’t get it. What’s Plymouth got that Woodbury doesn’t? It’s simply not fair.

  • Bob Collins


    Quality stuff is produced there. I believe that’s what Norm Abram uses.

  • Bob,

    Re: the headline. I took this as an ironic reference to your “It’s official!” post on reporter cliches last week, which should have said: Avoid cliches and puns in headlines. There is no such thing as a good pun.

    As for your question: What’s Plymouth got that Woodbury doesn’t? I’m at work on that answer right now…

    (Bob: Indeed it was, but I can’t even get a bad pun noticed! I’m starting to see why Diablo Cody had to strip. (g) )

  • Tyler Suter


    I spent much of my short life in Plymouth; I went to school in Plymouth; My first girlfriend was from Pymouth, I got dumped for the first time in Plymouth; I ate my first McDonalds cheeseburger in plymouth; I can’t think of one thing found only in Plymouth that is worthy of mention aside from the fact that there is no oppurtunity for local business to thrive and everyone who stays in Plymouth strives to get a job and raise a family in the same town they were born in: Plymouth. I left Plymouth at the first legal glimpse of light! Mini mall, mini mall, mini mall, mini mall, mini mall…

    Sorry if I stomped on anyones…whatever I could have stomped on. I loathe Plymouth. I thought this place was out of my life.