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Best Places to Live in the US in 2022 Sponsored by: eXp RealtyeXp Realty

#6. Minneapolis, MN

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Minneapolis, MN
Quality of Life
Liv Score

662
How We Calculate Our Data
Civics 49
Demographics 63
Economy 77
Education 56
Health 68
Housing 55
Infrastructure 58
Amenities 63

Why Minneapolis is one of the best cities to live in

Minneapolis, MN, ranks as one of the best places to live in the U.S. partly because of its innovative economy that touches a breadth of industries from software to renewable energy. There’s much fun to be had in this Midwestern city, too. The nearly 425,000 plus residents who call Minneapolis home get to enjoy the good life, with local microbreweries in the hip North Loop, wonderful waterways that include 22 lakes in city limits (plus the Mississippi River that cuts through downtown), as well as color-saturated, commissioned murals that complement the arts and music scene. Worth a mention: Every resident in Minneapolis is within six blocks of a park, making this Twin City a gem for outdoors lovers, families with kids and pet-loving residents.

What are Minneapolis’ major industries and employers?

Medical technology innovation, commercialization and manufacturing, banking, and finance are major industries here. 

What are the major colleges and universities in Minneapolis?

University of Minnesota

What is the weather like in Minneapolis? 

Summers are hot and humid. On the other hand, winters get pretty darn cold, so put some hotdish recipes in heavy rotation.

What is there to do outside in Minneapolis?

Minnehaha Park is home to a scenic waterfall with a 53-foot cascade. Visitors can feel the mist of Minnehaha Falls from the viewpoint above. 

Minneapolis, MN is Remote-Ready

What makes Minneapolis a great place for remote workers?

Minneapolis is primed for remote workers. The city has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country and some of the fastest Wi-Fi speeds available, so it’s easy to get (and stay!) connected. And there are some excellent coworking spaces in Minneapolis to choose from, such as Fuelled Collective and Industrious, each with two locations within city limits. At the statewide level, Minnesota has high hopes for new businesses establishing themselves in the state with the formation of Launch Minnesota, a statewide collaborative effort to accelerate the growth of startups. 

What Locals Love in Minneapolis, MN

What is the best local bookstore in Minneapolis?

Whether you’re a regular old Nancy Drew or a murderino, Once Upon a Crime is a niche bookstore selling mystery fiction. 

How do you spend a weekend in Minneapolis?

Catch a matinee performance of a Broadway musical at Hennepin Theatre Trust

What can you do for free in Minneapolis?

Take a trip to the Como Zoo & Conservatory, where you’ll spot an Arctic fox and a Galapagos tortoise, plus the zoo regulars – lions, tigers and bears!  

What’s the best way to spend happy hour in Minneapolis?

Overlooking the Mighty Mississippi, Psycho Suzi’s serves tiki drinks and pizza.

What’s something only locals know about Minneapolis?

The Mall of America is 5.6 million square feet. MOA estimates it would take 86 hours to visit every store in the mall if you didn’t spend more than 10 minutes in each one.

Thinking of Moving to Minneapolis, Minnesota?

You’ll find listings of Minneapolis homes for sale as well as all of Minnesota real estate on eXp Realty and you can refine your search. These top-rated real estate agents in Minneapolis are local eXperts and are ready to answer your questions about the best new neighborhoods.

Quick Facts About Minneapolis, MN

Average Commute
22.7
Median Home Value
$344,782
Med. Household Income
$66,068
Total Population
424,536
Walk Score
65
Median Property Tax
$3,439

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