Best Place to Raise Kids in Minnesota: Mound
Nearby city: Minneapolis
Median family income: $80,517
Avg. school math score: 93.95 (State avg.: 66.34)
Avg. school reading score: 93.2 (State avg.: 73.19)
If you like either Tonka trucks or Kevin Sorbo—or Kevin Sorbo playing with Tonka trucks—Mound is the place for you. That’s because Mound is the birthplace of both one of America’s favorite toys as well as the former star of Hercules: the Legendary Journeys. Nevertheless, Mound, named for the prehistoric mounds that dot the local landscape, is probably best known for its proximity to Lake Minnetonka, a 14,528-acre natural lake that has been a popular resort destination for more than a century.
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