It’s not often on our life’s journey where we find we must make a choice about where we want to live. When
we do, it is coupled with another
life-changing moment in realizing that making a move is one
of the most important, and most
difficult, decisions we will ever
have to make.
Perhaps you are choosing a
school and you want to know
more about the community
before you commit. Or maybe
you are a recent college graduate
and you hope to settle in just the
right city to begin a career and achieve your dreams.
Or you may be starting a family and you want to
find a neighborhood that meets all of the qualities
that make it “most livable.”
Regardless of where you are in your life’s journey,
it takes courage to pack your belongings and begin
a new chapter of your life in an unfamiliar city.
It is my wish that this relocation guide helps you
along the way by offering a glimpse into the culture,
neighborhoods and, especially, the people who make
the Twin Cities such a wonderful place to call home.
If you are looking for a place to jumpstart your
career, I can relate. Twenty years ago I was just like
you. I had graduated from college and participated in
the workforce for a couple of years, yet I sought a place
that would allow me to continue to grow both personally and professionally. I was in search of a vibrant
community, where the economy is thriving and diverse,
and the arts and culture are highly valued.
The Twin Cities business community continues to
grow above national averages in nearly every catego-
ry. Livability.com recently named Minneapolis the
fifth best city for new college grads in 2014, citing
the metro area’s high concentration of young profes-
sionals, available housing and great job opportuni-
ties in our area’s wide-ranging industries, including
retail, marketing and banking. As a major business
center of the Midwest, the Twin Cities is home to 19
Fortune 500 companies, including Target, General
Mills and 3M. In fact the March 2014 rate of unemployment of 4. 9 percent was well below the national
average of 6. 8 percent, placing it among the best of
the country’s large metropolitan areas.
Our region’s educational achievement serves as the
bedrock for our thriving cultural and business community. Census data shows that in 2012, Minnesota
had the second highest percentage of residents with a
high school diploma ( 91. 5 percent) and the tenth highest percentage ( 31. 5 percent) with a bachelor’s degree.
Perhaps it isn’t mere hyperbole when Garrison Keillor
ends each A Prairie Home Companion performance
with a farewell from Minnesota, “where all the chil-
dren are above average.”
To be sure, the Twin Cities metro area has the
qualities that match well with any community in
the country. But it’s those qualities that are truly
unique that make it such a wonderful place to live,
such as the vibrant theater and arts community. The
Twin Cities is home to more theater seats per capita
than anywhere outside New York City, more than
60 museums and a thriving music scene probably
best characterized by the well-known First Avenue.
It’s the beautiful parks and lakes in an urban setting, and yes, even the cold weather and in how we
embrace it with our jubilant winter carnivals and
But what makes the Twin Cities most unique is
the people. There’s a reason our state has been given
the label “Minnesota Nice.” Whether they are donating their time or money to a local charity or leading
the nation in political participation, our friendly
neighbors have earned the moniker by investing in
their beloved communities.
Consider making your move Up North. You’ll
be glad that you did, and you’ll feel right at home.
welcome | editor’s note
Editor, Twin Cities Living