Living and Working

High standards of living. Low violent crime rates. High job satisfaction. Low levels of poverty. High home ownership in some of the most lovely and livable cities anywhere.

Simply put: People love it here. But don't take our word for it. 

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High Standards of Livability
  • According to CNN.Money, nine of the best 100 small cities to live in the U.S. are in Minnesota, including the top city, Plymouth. Minnesota small cities rank among the top because of their topnotch schools, good jobs, affordable housing, low crime, an active outdoor culture, and reasonable home prices.
  • Minnesota ranks as the seventh-greenest state in the nation, according to the 2008 Business Facilities Rankings Report. Rankings are based on nine eco-related criteria such as total pollution levels, number of hazardous waste sites, air pollution emissions and number of people using public transportation.
  • Travel and Leisure and CNN asked travelers to rank 25 U.S. cities for the best places to live and visit. Minneapolis-St. Paul came second in cleanliness, most intelligent people and safety, and third in friendly people and affordability.
  • Minneapolis is one of the world's top 25 most livable cities, according to a 2008 report by a British Journal, Monacle. Minneapolis is among top cosmopolitan cities such as Paris, Barcelona and Amsterdam due to its redesigned of cultural buildings, festivals, relatively low cost of living, highly educated and healthy population, and 30 performance venues with more seats per capita than any other city in the U.S. with the exception of New York.
  • Minneapolis and St. Paul rank first and second respectively in land dedicated to parks. According Trust for Public Land, 16.6 percent of Minneapolis are parks while the percentage for St. Paul is 14.7 percent.
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul has an average annual volunteer rate of 39.3 percent (913,000 volunteers serving 106.2 million hours per year) ranking first among the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the country, according to a 2008 report by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
  • Minneapolis and St. Paul ranked first in National Night Out, a unique crime and drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW). In 2008, Minneapolis finished first, representing the sixth time in eight years for cities with more than 300,000 people. St. Paul moved-up from its third place in 2007.
High Standards of Living
  • Per capita personal income in Minnesota was $41,573 in 2008, the 10th-highest personal income in the nation.
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul is the second best city in the country for earning a living, according to Yahoo! Finance. Rankings considered the 40 largest metropolitan areas, and economic indicators such as the number of Forbes companies per capita and median incomes.
  • Minneapolis is one of the best cities for saving money, according to the 2008 Salary Value Index conducted by The survey considered 69 cities with a population of 250,000 or more people, and factors such as unemployment rates, cost of living, poverty rates, education and median travel to work.
  • Minneapolis ranked as the third best city for singles in 2008, according to Forbes. Rankings are based on indicators such as culture, nightlife, job growth, number of singles and cost of living.
  • Minneapolis ranked as the third best place in America to grow old, according to Forbes. Minneapolis ranked high due to its big-city arts and nightlife, and cost of living that can accommodate fix income of retirees.
  • Eden Prairie is one the 10 best places to retire, according to a 2008 article from U.S. News and World Report. Eden Prairie ranks high due to the city's community center, the Eden Prairie Center Mall, its vibrant economy with a 1,000-acre business park, green areas with ponds and parts, and its proximity to Minneapolis.
  • Minneapolis is one of America's best long-term real estates bets, ranking fourth nationwide according to Forbes. The magazine evaluated the 40 largest metropolitan areas, using 25 years of data from the National Association of Home Builders. The building activity in Minneapolis peaked in 2004, meaning less new inventory of houses dragging down prices. In addition, Minneapolis is considered economically strong with a handful of multinational corporations.

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