Gilmanton, MN

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Gilmanton, MN

About Gilmanton, MN

Life in Gilmanton, MN is peaceful and serene. The small town is nestled in the rolling hills of rural Minnesota, offering breathtaking views of the natural landscapes all around. With a population of just over 2,000 residents, it's a tight-knit community with plenty of opportunities to get involved and make new friends. From outdoor activities such as fishing and hiking to more leisurely activities like antiquing or taking relaxing strolls along the town's scenic walking trails, there's something for everyone here. The area also boasts plenty of locally owned shops and restaurants that offer something special for those who are looking to explore local culture and cuisine. All in all, Gilmanton is an inviting place where one can find respite from their everyday lives and enjoy the peace and beauty that comes with living in such a small town. Small city - Central Minnesota, 60 miles northwest of Minneapolis–St. Paul along the upper Mississippi.

Location Details

State: Minnesota
County: Benton County
Metro Area: St. Cloud Metro Area
City: Gilmanton
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Time zone: Central Standard Time (CST)
Elevation: 1028 ft above sea level
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St. Cloud is more of a “small town grown into a large town”, with a friendly Midwestern feel but an expanding role as a commercial and educational center and commuter suburb to the northwestern reaches of Minneapolis-St Paul.

The downtown is clean and in good shape if not especially exciting. Five small private colleges and the larger St. Cloud State University bring college town feel and cultural diversity. The area serves as a gateway to wilderness lakes and parks to the north. The city has a number of its own amenities and is close enough to share those of Minneapolis–St. Paul while being lower on the cost of living scale. Proximity to the Twin Cities area is a plus, and suburban development southeast of town is springing up to take advantage of it. There is talk of commuter rail service, which will work to further connect the two metro areas.

The terrain is flat to gently rolling with numerous lakes and wooded areas. The continental climate is highly variable with four distinct seasons. Spring, summer, and fall are pleasant, with moderate temperatures and low humidity. Thunderstorms are the principal source of rainfall and severe storms are common. Winters are cold with low humidity. On average in winter, 5 to 10 days reach temperatures between –20 and –30 degrees. Heavy snowfalls occur, but the location north of most storm tracks means they are less frequent than in cities to the south. Snow generally remains on the ground throughout winter. First freeze is late September, last is mid-May.

Gilmanton Cost of Living

Cost of living, small town atmosphere, and nearby outdoor recreation make Gilmanton a great place to live.

+14.8% higher than avg
+23.9% higher than avg
$875 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-31.2% lower than avg
Gilmanton Crime
12.6 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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Pros & Cons of Gilmanton
   Cost of living
Low ethnic diversity
   Small town atmosphere
Low job growth
   Nearby outdoor recreation
Winter climate
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