Overall Niche Grade
- Public SchoolsC+
- Crime & SafetyB
- Good for FamiliesB
- Cost of LivingB+
- Health & FitnessB
- Outdoor ActivitiesB+
North Branch is a town in Minnesota with a population of 10,321. North Branch is in Chisago County. Living in North Branch offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many families and young professionals live in North Branch and residents tend to be conservative.
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North Branch Reviews
The only benefit of this community is real estate. You can get a lot of bang for the buck but it'll cost you. Poor community. Residents are very narrow minded & not very welcoming to outsiders. Ridiculously high taxes. Awful government. City Water/Light is insanely expensive. You have to drive 20 minutes in any direction to access real shopping. Local business prices are inflated. Higher sales tax. It's a place to get a haircut, get gas and get drunk. Businesses don't last. But at least you'll have a big yard & house. Schools are subpar and poorly run. Not a place for special needs children. Resources to anything for life are severely lacking. Even the medical clinic is substandard w/poor quality staff. Small town, small minds. But if you don't care about commuting 40 minutes round trip, you can get a great home for half the price of good communities. It's like living in a mountain town w/o the mountains or scenic view.
I have lived in North Branch since 2001. This town has always had its issues from a poor school district, which continues to get worse every year, to not allowing "big" business in to cater to the needs of the residence of this town. Poor city planning and lack of funding and/or education make this town actually very poor and tough to live in. North Branch is over-populated by banks, gas stations, and empty housing developments. The goods of this town are few; some people are great, many just like the gossip and drama. Two awesome pizza places and one decent restaurant. Roads are in terrible condition, buildings are falling apart and decaying, and the entire community is trapped by North Branch Water and Light-the most corrupt, unreasonable, and horrendously overpriced businesses in North Branch.
Overall North Branch is a small, healthy, family focused town with lots of small local businesses. I would love to see North Branch allow big box stores into the county, a Walmart would be convenient, cut tax costs for small businesses, open jobs, and cut down commuting time for families.