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Having been rated No. 3 in the nation for
quality of life, perhaps Twin Cities residents have our excellent health care system
to thank. Minnesota enjoys top medical
facilities and a strong emphasis on access
to medical care and technology. In fact,
more than 8,000 health care companies line
Minnesota’s 350-mile-long “Medical Alley,”
which stretches from Rochester to northern
U.S. News & World Report has ranked
several Twin Cities hospitals—University
of Minnesota Medical Center, Abbott
Northwestern, Children’s Hospitals and
Clinics of Minnesota and the United Hospital of St. Paul, included—among it’s Best
Hospitals (2013-2014). The Mayo Clinic
also made this list—on its Honor Roll.
Located just 80 miles south of the Twin
Cities in Rochester, the Mayo Clinic offers
residents easy access to one of the top medical institutions in the world.
Twin Citians uphold and applaud the
arts—sometimes even before the rest of
the world. The Tony Award-winning
Broadway production of The Lion King
premiered in downtown Minneapolis, as
did the national tour premiere of Priscilla
Queen of the Desert and Elton John and
Tim Rice’s Aida. Such important productions do well in the Twin Cities, as locals
pack top-rated venues such as those in
the historic Hennepin Theatre District,
the Ordway Center for the Performing
Arts in St. Paul and the famed Guthrie
Aside from the performing arts, the
Twin Cities boasts world-class museums,
including the Minneapolis Institute of
Arts, whose collection spans 5,000 years
and includes more than 83,000 pieces,
and the Walker Art Center, one of the
best contemporary art museums in the
country. Located on the University of
Minnesota campus, the Fredrick R.
Weisman Art Museum is a work of art
in itself; a glimmering stainless steel
building designed by architect Frank
Gehry perched on the banks of the
Mississippi River. With two famed
orchestras, a number of well-regard-
ed professional chorus groups and
numerous dance companies, there’s
no shortage of the arts here.
In a state full of lakes—one tenth
of which are found right here in
Minneapolis St. Paul—residents find
ways to enjoy them in all four seasons.
A great place to start is the Chain of
Lakes, comprised of Lake Calhoun,
Lake of the Isles, Lake Harriet,
Brownie Lake and Cedar Lake. The
Twin Cities also boasts one of the most
extensive regional parks and trails systems in the country: 51 regional parks
and more than 300 miles of interconnected trails. There are also four state
parks, three state trails, 19 wildlife management and refugee areas and some
1,000 locally owned parks.
There are close to 200 golf courses
in the metro area, and they are as challenging as they are distinguished. Minnesota has hosted more than 30 various
USGA championships, and will host
the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National
Golf Club in 2016.
Spectators aren’t without activity
either, as the Twin Cities is home to several professional sports teams: the Timberwolves and 2013 WNBA champs
Lynx basketball, Vikings football (who
will see a new stadium in 2016), Wild
hockey and the Minnesota Twins, who
play in one of the country’s best ballparks, Target Field. The Swarm, our
professional lacrosse team, and Minnesota United FC, our professional soccer
team, both have very loyal followings.
And our minor league baseball team,
the Saint Paul Saints, entertains with
antics on the field and sidelines, and is
set to move to a new stadium in Lowertown in May 2015.
For greater detail on all our cities
have to offer, read on. Before you’re
done, you’ll understand why the Twin
Cities is a great place to live.
THE TWIN CITIES IS A FROZEN
TUNDRA ALL YEAR LONG.
We enjoy four distinct seasons, but we share
more weather commonalities with Chicago
and Boston than Winnipeg or Fairbanks. In
fact, we’re geographically closer to Missouri
than Canada. Winter typically lasts from late
November to early March; average summer
temperatures reach the low 80s; and
spring and fall—favorite times of the year
for many residents—provide comfortable
temperatures for outdoor activities.
ALL WE HAVE IS MALL OF AMERICA.
On the contrary, while Mall of America is
one of our greatest attractions, nearly four
million people don’t call the Twin Cities
home because of it. We take part in award-winning theater performances, get cultured
at some 60 museums, dine at farm-to-table restaurants, and learn at high-class
WE’RE NOT TOO BRIGHT.
Minnesota high school students consistently
rank among the top students in the country
in multiple categories, including making us
the top state for ACT scores and scoring well
above average on the SATs. Plus, in a study
presented by Central Connecticut State
University, the two cities claimed top spots
as America’s Most Literate Cities in 2013,
with Minneapolis and St. Paul ranking No. 3
and No. 7, respectively.
THE AREA ISN’T EASY TO ACCESS.
Minneapolis St. Paul is located in the middle
of the country, with New York City and
Los Angeles a few hours away by plane,
and Chicago just seven hours away by car.
Traveling in and out is a breeze at MSP
International Airport, the 16th busiest airport
in the country serving 33 million people
each year. Once you’ve been here, between
the extensive bus routes, comprehensive
highway system and the METRO, traveling
around is quite simple.
BLONDE HAIR, BLUE EYES:
WE ALL LOOK THE SAME.
In actuality, Hispanics make up five percent
of the Minnesota population, while African
Americans make up more than five perent.
Minneapolis has one of the largest Native
American populations in the United States,
while the state as a whole has the largest
Hmong, Somali and Liberian communities
in the country. According to the State
Demographic Center at the Minnesota
Department of Administration, by 2015 the
non-white population in Minnesota is projected
to grow 35 percent, compared to seven
percent percent for the white population.