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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  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
    B+
  12. Commute
    B-
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.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$184,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$913
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    16%
  • Own
    84%
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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
    85.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    28.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    237.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,007.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    95.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    17%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    40%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    36%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in North Branch

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$77,750
National
$55,322
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North Branch Reviews

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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.
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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.
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.