Opportunity, Affordability & Culture

Minneapolis has topped a number of best-of lists in recent years, repeatedly recognized for its opportunity, affordability, and quality of life. If you’re unfamiliar with Minnesota’s largest city, it offers the friendliness and small-town feel you’d expect of the American heartland, plus a level of urban vitality and cultural sophistication that you might not expect.

Amid landmark architecture and more theater seats than any city outside of New York, the Minne-apple has a whole new wave of creative types and entrepreneurs, and they’re cultivating modern tastes. The art scene is thriving. Walker Art Center, an architectural feat designed by Herzog & de Meuron, is home to one of the most progressive art museums in the country, as well as an eleven-acre sculpture garden that includes a mini-golf course designed entirely by artists. As part of its most recent renovation, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts added 34 new galleries to its Target Wing, thereby increasing its exhibition space by 40%.

With a network of 160 parks and ten of 22 lakes within city limits, it’s no wonder Minneapolis is lauded as having the best parks and recreation system in the US. Residents savor the outdoors on water (one in six Minnesotans owns a boat) and land. This is one of the top US cities for bicycling, for both commute--through its bike-share program--and leisure, with 92 miles of on-street and 85 miles of off-street bikeways.

The growing influx of domestic and international transplants have flocked to Minneapolis to seize the combo of high earnings and low housing costs. The city’s burgeoning start-up community is home to 22 corporate headquarters, more per capita than anywhere in the US—hence high employment and plentiful opportunities for college graduates. With its impressively ranked higher education institutes, America’s third most literate city is also in the top ten for college graduation rates.

Fun Facts

  • The Minneapolis Skyway system is the world’s largest continuous skyway system, connecting 69 blocks of downtown. It offers residents and tourists a warm urban traverse during icy winters.
  • Sorry, Florida. Minneapolis is home to the nation’s highest number of golfers per capita.
  • 94% of residents live with ten minutes of a park. Secure your picnic spots!
  • Good grief, Charlie Brown. The Peanuts creator Charles Schultz was born and raised here. Peanuts characters are scattered around Landmark Plaza.
  • The Endless Bridge provides a vista of the Stone Arch Bridge, St. Anthony Falls, and the Mississippi. If you want to capture the full essence of Minneapolis, this is the spot to do it.
  • White as its winters are Minneapolis’s Scandinavian roots, yet this city boasts high diversity, with America’s largest population of Somalis, 2nd largest Vietnamese population, and the largest Hmong population outside of Laos.
  • Minneapolis’s LGBTQ community is vibrant: the city was named one of “The Gayest City in America” by The Advocate.

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