The cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul Minnesota make up the Twin Cities Metro Area. The entire area includes well over 3 million people and is the 13th largest metro area in the United States.
So why do all these people live there? Many people are familiar with a few things about the Twin Cities (or Minnesota) like the Twins or Vikings, Prince, or the cold winters. The (obvious) truth is that there\’s a lot more to this area than people know. Here are 5 great reasons to call the Twin Cities home:
5. Seasons: Yep – let\’s go ahead and start with the weather. It does get cold – sometimes very, very cold. Usually, however, those occurrences are brief and the people here have adapted with indoor parks, shopping, and skyways. The truth is it\’s never boring – there are four very distinct seasons and each one has it\’s advantages and appeal. Fall in the Minnesota is fantastic, and the Summer\’s are hot and sunny. Springtime is especially noticed and appreciated after the Winter. Even Winter is embraced with skiing, sledding and snowball fights. Variety!
4. Jobs and Economy: Though rest of the nation is experiencing an unemployment rate near 9%, the rate in Minnesota (and the Twin Cities) is a much better (though it has risen too). That\’s one the of the main reasons that Money Magazine named Eden Prairie (a suburb of Minneapolis) the most livable city for 2010. Several Fortune 500 Companies call the Twin Cities home, including United Health Group, Best Buy, General Mills, Target, and Super Value.
3. Big League Sports and Entertainment: Though a smaller city, the Twin Cities is home to four major league sports: The Minnesota Vikings (football), the Minnesota Timberwolves (basketball), the Minnesota Wild (hockey), and the Minnesota Twins (baseball). The cities also has the University of Minnesota and all the Big-10 sports that go along with a major university. Target Field (for the Twins) was recently named the top sporting \”experience\” in all of sports. The area also has world-class arts including the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Walker Art Center, and the Ordway.
2. Minnesota Nice: Minnesotans have a (well-deserved) reputation for being some of the nicest people you\’ll meet. People tend to be mild-mannered and easy to both work with and live next to. This makes both traveling to the Twin Cities or living here much more enjoyable. Often you\’ll hear about people who have moved away from the Twin Cities moving back because of the people.
1. Lakes and Outdoors: The State of Minnesota has 15,000+ lakes. The Twin Cities Metro Area has several lakes within it\’s boundaries. Residents make great use of the outdoors and it\’s lakes. There are many parks and activities available throughout the state and the Minneapolis and St Paul Metro Area. These include golf courses, ski areas, biking, hiking, boating, water sports, etc. Minnesota is fortunate to have a wide variety of outdoor settings and the people take full advantage of them.