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Live and work in the Twin Cities

In the metro area alone, there are 950 lakes and 136,900 acres of parkland. Popular activities include golfing, boating, hiking, fishing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing. Minneapolis' famed skyway system connects 69 blocks downtown — nearly 11 miles — so it's possible to eat, work and shop without going outside.

What's your sport?

Minnesota is home to six professional sports teams: the Vikings, Twins, Wild, Timberwolves, Lynx and United FC. The University of Minnesota teams can keep you entertained with college sports and our minor league baseball team, the St. Paul Saints, is a popular summertime draw.

Where the arts flourish

Minneapolis is second in the U.S. for theaters per capita and hosts the Guthrie Theater, Mixed Blood, and the Jungle Theater, among others. We're also known for our art museums, including the Walker Art Center with its expansive outdoor sculpture garden — the largest urban garden in the country. The Twin Cities is also one of the few metropolitan areas in the country with two world-class orchestras: the Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Minneapolis is also home to The Minnesota Opera and the Minnesota Ballet.

Abundant shopping

The Twin Cities is home to the first indoor mall in the country, and continues to stay at the forefront of good shopping with destinations like the 4.2 million-square-foot Mall of America. There are also many boutique-filled shopping districts such as the Uptown area in Minneapolis and Grand Avenue in St. Paul. For antiques, used books and reclaimed architectural pieces, excursions to stores in the Warehouse District, Lowertown in St. Paul, and nearby Stillwater provide a great assortment of finds.

Convenient commute

Getting around the Twin Cities is easy. You can commute via bus, carpool lanes or light rail. And the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport is just 20 minutes from downtown.

What you may not know about the Twin Cities and Minnesota

  • Minneapolis has more golfers per capita than any other city in the country.
  • The Guthrie Theater is the largest regional playhouse in the country.
  • Minnesota has 90,000 miles of shoreline, more than California, Florida and Hawaii combined.
  • The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is one of the largest urban sculpture gardens in the country.
  • Minneapolis was ranked #6 of the 50 Best Bike Cities of 20161

Excellent education

Whether you're searching for a school for your family or want to expand your own education, Minnesota has outstanding educational systems. There are numerous public and private higher education institutions located throughout the Twin Cities, including the University of Minnesota and its Carlson School of Management, which boasts a top ranking among MBA programs in the U.S.

Want to know more about Minnesota? Visit these sites for further information.

1 Source:, September 2016.

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