It’s not surprising that Savage ranked No. 51 in the nation on Money Magazine’s list of America’s best small towns (population under 60,000) in 2011. If anything, it’s surprising it didn’t come in higher on the list.
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Savage has good schools: Test scores were 17.3 percent higher than the state average in reading and 26.6 percent higher in math in 2011, according to Money Magazine.
It has good job prospects: Savage experienced 30.59 percent job growth from 2000 to 2010.
It even has good air: The air quality index—measured in the number of days ranked as “good”— is 94.0 percent.
Located just 15 miles from downtown Minneapolis, Savage is still a largely undeveloped area. It is home to part of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge and the Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve, the former a 14,000-acre refuge along the Minnesota River, the latter features a hilly cross-country ski trail system and a six mile hilly mountain bike trail.
Savage also contains approximately 304 acres of city-managed park lands, as well as over 2,400 acres of state and county-managed park space.
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