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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    A-
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    B+
Paynesville is a town in Minnesota with a population of 2,717. Paynesville is in Stearns County. Living in Paynesville offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many retirees live in Paynesville and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Paynesville are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$127,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$624
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    33%
  • Own
    67%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
A-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    40
    282.7
  • Murder
    79.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    40
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    159.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    319.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    79.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    14%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    10%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    25%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    11%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    20%
    13%

Working in Paynesville

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$48,661
National
$55,322

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Paynesville Reviews

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In general, Paynesville is a comfortable place to live, but over the years it has become almost unsafe in some areas. Lots of violence and drugs. Not too much for jobs. A good handful of community events. The community does stick together. Everyone knows everything. School is making good updates and they think about what is best for students. The lakeside is beautiful. Nice nature scene. Starry Stonewort in Lake Karonis, an invasive species.
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Paynesville is a nice small town, that still has places like the bigger towns. Everyone is very friendly and knows what is going on. You can easily walk to where you need to if you do not have a vehicle.
Paynesville is a quaint town that is filled with friendly people. It has a Café where many people eat on Sundays and a coffee house right down town. The bookstore down town is filled with pre-read books of all types and titles. A quilting shop brings friends together while they learn to quilt. There are a few antique stores one can explore. Lake Koronis is just south of town which has three islands you can boat to and have picnics on.