Concerned about Minneapolis-St. Paul airplane noise around a home you might buy?

As I strolled along Minnehaha Creek in South Minneapolis with my birthday buddy while we ate our handmade ice cream cones last weekend, she was very aware of all the airplanes flying overhead. This was a new neighborhood for her and she commented that she wouldn’t like living there because of all the airplanes flying so close over our heads.

People who live in the area usually get used to it and find the other amenities of the neighborhood make up for the airplanes overhead, but if airplane noise is a concern of yours, the Metropolitan Airport Commission’s Flight Tracker could be your good friend when you are searching for a home to buy. Many of the most popular city neighborhoods have airplanes overhead. Enter an address into Flight Tracker to see how much your new potential home might be affected.

The marker on the map below is where we picked up our ice cream… no planes right there. But when we got to the creek straight south of the shop we were right under the flight path and had many planes flying in directly overhead for landings. It is only two red lines below the marker on the map below, but they represent many planes flying into the airport on those two flight paths.

Of course the noise impact extends beyond the flight path itself. Check out the MSP Annual Noise Contour Analysis Reports for annual noise contour maps.

For other airport noise questions, including info on noise mitigation, visit the Metropolitan Airports Commission at

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