Friday, August 14, 2020

Is Kasson the second happiest town in Minnesota?

Besides the vibrant downtown, the championship sports teams, the award-winning schools, the state-of the art aquatic center, and the charming old neighborhoods, what makes Kasson one of the happiest places to live in Minnesota? 

According to the website, Only in Your State, none of those things were considered in their rankings.

The site refers to the website RoadSnacks, which uses some facts from the 2010-2014 Census’s American Community Survey about some towns in Minnesota with a population over 2,000 to decide which towns are the happiest. 

Based on what? The criteria chosen by the site includes the percentage of residents with a college degree, average commute times, unemployment rates, cost of living, percentage of married couples, percentage of home-owners and the poverty rates. 

Kasson’s nearest neighbors with populations over 2,000, Byron and Dodge Center, are not even on the list.

The website only ranked the 168 worst places to live in Minnesota, (based on their criteria), of which, Kasson ranks second to last. 

So, does that mean Byron and Dodge Center are ranked higher than the 168 worst places to live? The website lists 260 towns with populations over 2,000 but does not rank them all in the ‘worst’ list.

The website also ranks the most redneck cities, based on their criteria, which included the number of bars, number of mobile home parks, number of tobacco stores, number of places to get fishing gear and number of guns and ammo stores. Kasson ranks 114 out of 140 towns based on that data. Byron is 109th and Dodge Center is 103rd.

The redneck criteria included “places within a short driving distance.” So, does that mean Byron and Dodge Center count Kasson’s liquor stores and Kasson counts both Dodge Center’s and Byron’s?

Some facts about Kasson that are not taken and ranked off a census may be more likely to give an indication of Kasson’s citizens’ happiness.


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Steele County Times
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Blooming Prairie, MN 55917

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121 West Main St.
Kasson, MN 55944

Dodge County Printing
121 West Main St.
Kasson, MN 55944


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