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Companies Most Bang for the Buck:
Revenues Per Dollar of Assets.
While strong, agriculture is not
the only big industry here. With an
excellent educational system and a
population with some of the highest
levels of health insurance in the
country, the Twin Cities boasts a
healthy and well-prepared workforce
across all industries.
Minnesota’s median household
income has reached 59,126 (2012),
compared to a national median of
53,046 (2012). With two cities building
communities side by side, it’s easy to
see why most of the state’s Fortune
500 companies are located in the
Minneapolis St. Paul metro area,
including 3M, Best Buy, Medtronic,
UnitedHealth Group and Xcel Energy.
In 2014, two metro-based companies
made the Fortune 100 list of Best
Companies to Work For: Allianz Life
Insurance (No. 47, www.allianzlife.
com) and General Mills (No. 64).
➤ Aveda products
➤ Andersen Windows
➤ Dairy Queen
➤ Green Giant
➤ Mars bars
with the money directed toward
nutrition and health, education and
environmental stewardship. Cargill’s
success is indicative of the large
role Minnesota plays in America’s
agricultural industry, along with other
Twin Cities companies like Supervalu
( www.supervalu.com), a grocery
industry leader, Hormel (www.
hormel.com), a food company made
famous by Spam, and Mosaic (www.
mosaicco.com), the world’s leading
producer and marketer of concentrated
phosphate and potash.
Today many Minnesotans still
have jobs related to agriculture, from
actual farmers to marketers of our
agricultural goods. Industry leading
companies such as Land O’Lakes
( www.landolakes.com), Nash Finch
( www.spartannash.com) and CHS
( www.chsinc.com) are all Fortune
500 companies with ties to this rich
part of our state’s heritage. In fact,
Nash Finch and CHS ranked among
Fortune 500’s top performers in
Today the state is still
known for its export of
as well as for being the
birthplace of companies like
Pillsbury and General Mills,
both of which originated
in St. Anthony Falls in