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 80 city blocks downtown — nearly 10 miles — so it's possible to eat, work, shop, bank, go to the gym or see a doctor 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 number of theater companies per capita and hosts the Guthrie Theater, Mixed Blood, the Children's Theater Company and the Jungle Theater, to name a few. We're also known for our art museums, including the Walker Art Center with its expansive outdoor sculpture garden — one of the largest urban gardens 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.
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.
Getting around the Twin Cities is easy. You can commute via bus, carpool lanes or light rail. There are hundreds of miles of street bike lanes, bike boulevards and dedicated paths. The Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport is just 20 minutes from downtown with easy light-rail access to both terminals.
What you may not know about the Twin Cities and Minnesota
- Minnesota has more golfers and golf courses per capita than any other U.S. state.1
- Minnesota has 90,000 miles of shoreline, more than California, Florida and Hawaii combined.
- Minneapolis is a very bikeable city according to BikeScore. Nice Ride MN operates the bike share program and stocks the bike share stations around the city.
- Minneapolis was ranked 8th-best large city for first-time home buyers2
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.
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1 Source: Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine May 2016.
2 Source: WalletHub, June 2018
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