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Tour of Columbia Heights, Minnesota

Updated: Feb 7, 2023

Today we’re checking out Columbia Heights, Minnesota!

Columbia Heights is an area that very often our local clients are looking at, but our relocation clients don't typically hear about or even really know about. This Virtual Tour will help at least put it on the map for y'all, and while it won't be the right fit for some, it very well may be for others! If you're looking for an affordable suburb, minutes from the trendy cafes, breweries, art scene and more of Northeast Minneapolis, then Columbia Heights should absolutely be on your radar!

Let’s get into it!

Columbia Heights Vibes

Located about 10-15 minutes north of downtown Minneapolis, 15-20 minutes to downtown St. Paul, and about 30 minutes or so to the MSP airport, Columbia Heights has a population of about 20,000 residents and is one of the most densely populated cities in Minnesota. Other than parks, almost every square inch is covered.

Columbia Heights is ranked the 3rd most diverse suburb* and the 14th best suburb for young professionals in Minnesota*. In terms of schools, they rate just okay. The Columbia Height School District is rated a C+ and most schools within the city are ranked in the B’s and C’s*.

Home Price Statistics Where Columbia Heights really shines, is in the home prices. Consisting of mostly single-family homes, the median sale prices here come in around $269k, compared to the Twin Cities median of about $350k. For a lot of folks who may be priced out of Northeast Minneapolis but want to be close to it and what it has to offer, Columbia Heights may be a great option.

Pros + Cons


  • Very affordable home prices

  • Culturally diverse

  • Along with suburban amenities, it has plenty of unique, diverse restaurants, bars, shops, etc

  • Access to Northeast - hip spots, arts community, breweries, etc

  • Surprisingly great outdoor spaces

  • The path of progress and a good investment (particularly for first time home buyers)

  • Houses here, are newer than the houses in Northeast Minneapolis and Minneapolis proper


  • Schools are rated just okay

  • Very densely populated and renter dense

  • Some pockets of less well cared for homes

  • Mostly modest housing stock and not a ton of variety

To Sum Up Columbia Heights in Three Points

  • Affordability

  • Proximity and access to Northeast Minneapolis

  • Culturally diverse area

For Fans Of

Basically, if you like this neighborhood, you might want to check out these other neighborhoods 👇

  • Northeast

    • If you can afford more, Northeast is going to have more of that vibrancy of the city - shops, breweries, art scene, etc

  • St. Anthony

    • If you can afford a bit more, it has really beautiful homes and some great mid-century modern homes

  • Greater East Side (St. Paul)

    • Edge of the city vibe, similar home prices, similar school ratings

  • Brooklyn Center

    • Just to the northwest of Minneapolis, it will have similar home prices, similar school ratings

As We Depart

Every day I help people, who are moving or relocating to the Twin Cities area, find the home of their dreams in one of the best metropolitan areas in the country! If you're looking for a full-service Real Estate company that specializes in these cross-country moves, or just across the city, look no further.

Welcome to the Twin Cities - Make Yourself at Home!

Jesse Lynch - The New Face of Real Estate

Brokered By REAL Broker LLC

Call/Text (612) 564-1868

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