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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B+
North Branch is a town in Minnesota with a population of 10,157. North Branch is in Chisago County. Living in North Branch offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In North Branch there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in North Branch and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in North Branch are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$163,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$872
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    16%
  • Own
    84%
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North Branch Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    155
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    19
    41
  • Robbery
    19
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    367
    500
  • Theft
    1,730
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    68
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$69,419
National
$55,322
Children
22%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    38%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    36%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%
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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.
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North Branch is your average normal small town. I like North Branch but the taxes are a bit expensive. There are not many things to do to keep busy, and many of the places to eat are not very great. The school district especially the elementary is not academically where I think it should be. Although the people are quite personable.
There are many people who have lived in North Branch all of their lives. These people seem to be more concerned about the community. Other people have moved to North Branch to escape life in the cities, yet it seems that urban sprawl has begun to reach North Branch in recent years. I have lived in the North Branch community for 18 years, and I know that many other families decided to have North Branch be the school district that their child attended all throughout their schooling years. There is a dog park, so the community is friendly towards pets. With many local restaurants, the community is also friendly towards families who choose not to make dinner at home for the night. There are many community classes to become enrolled in, which can help to bring the community together.