Many of the suburbs surrounding Minneapolis make for great living, but there’s much more value to Plymouth than its proximity to the big city. Time and time again Plymouth has ranked highly in lists of the best places to live in the United States, often cracking the top 10 and occasionally landing in the top spot. Though its history reaches as far back as the 1400s, Plymouth only became incorporated as a village in 1955. What happened since then to make the city one of the best cities to live not only in Minnesota, but the entire country, Here’s a deeper look.
One of the cornerstones to having a high quality of life is quality education, at least according to the people of Plymouth. The quality of the school’s four districts is the envy of many in Minnesota and has been nationally recognized. For those seeking a more individualized approach to their child’s education, Plymouth also boasts a small number of charter schools and private academies, including religious options. If you still need convincing that Plymouth has made education a priority, consider Lionsgate Academy. This school caters to students with Autism and related disorders.
Though the number of highways running around and through Plymouth may conjure images of a city of concrete and pavement, the reality is much different: Plymouth has all the outdoor amenities to keep a nature lover endlessly occupied. Swimmers and fishermen will find themselves at home with one of the city’s eight lakes. That’s not even mentioning the 147 nature trails that wind and stretch throughout the city, connecting over 40 parks to residential and commercial areas alike.
Homes are just as scenic, with many of the houses built in the village days still standing. Plymouth makes a strong effort to accommodate first time home buyers with special loan programs geared specifically towards them. Similar loans are made available to homeowners looking to make safety and energy-efficiency related home improvements. Two senior living apartments have also been built and backed by the city to support retirees. Both complexes are strategically located so that all of life’s conveniences are within easy reach. These programs best illustrate how Plymouth strives to look after all of its residents and keep them happy and comfortable. There are houses to fit every style and need, including lakeside and luxury homes.
In terms of leisure, Plymouth makes great use of its beautiful scenery. Besides the lush parks you’d expect from Minnesota, Plymouth is home to miniature and disc golf courses, beaches, and an incredible fountain at the Millennium Garden. Indoor activities abound as well. The escape room Escape MSP continues to gain popularity across the state. Kids and adults alike can have a great time at Sky Zone Trampoline Park, and if you’re looking for a unique taste of the local arts scene, the Plymouth Playhouse puts on performances of original plays every week.
When all of these things are considered, it’s no mystery why Plymouth ranks so highly. The city has put a major focus on enriching and bettering the lives of its residents. If history is any indicator, life in Plymouth will only get better.
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