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The best things about living in Minnesota

Minnesota, known as the ‘Land of 10,000 Lakes’, is one of the best states in the U.S. to live and work. Located in the Upper Midwest of America, it has everything from teeming metropolitan areas to smaller towns and idyllic nature spots to be discovered. It also has good schools, excellent housing, low unemployment and regularly ranks highly on the U.S. News & World report of ‘Best State Rankings’.

Let’s dive into all the things that make Minnesota great!

Abundance of outdoor scenery

Minnesota has 75 state parks, so you’ll never be far from some green space to walk around or explore. The state is also home to Voyageurs National Park which covers an area of almost 200,000 acres and is located just south of the Canadian border. This place is an explorer’s dream – with acres of land and water to roam. Whether you’re a swimmer, kayaker, rock climber, survivalist, or keen fisher, there’s something for everyone. You can even catch a glimpse of the great Northern Lights in winter or go stargazing during summer when the Milky Way galaxy is visible.

Lakeside living

The many lakes in Minnesota offer stunning views, a variety of water sports and activities including fishing, hiking and boating, plus the opportunity to just sit back and take in the beautiful scenery. Lake Minnetonka, situated 20 minutes west of Minneapolis city, is one of the largest lakes in the state and offers a great mix of big city convenience and suburban relaxation. It’s known for scenic landscapes, greenery, and wildlife. Living on Lake Minnetonka is not only about looking at the lake, or driving past it on the way to work, it is also about being out there on the water. There are lots of boating options on the lake, including kayaking, sailing, and motorboating.
Explore the best lakes to live on in Minnesota here.

Affordable cost of living

Living in Minnesota is more affordable than many other U.S. states. According to data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, goods and services in the state cost 2.5% less than the national average.

Clean and green

Minnesota’s cities are renowned for their clean air, green spaces and high walkability, contributing to the happiness and health of its residents.


Minneapolis is the most populous city in the state and consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in America – partly because of its innovative economy which covers an array of industries from software to renewable energy. The city is easily accessible by air via the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, which operates national and international flights to other U.S. states, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and more. The cost of living in this city is typically above the state average however, in return, you’ll have access to a high standard of living, quality education institutions, well-maintained roadways and excellent healthcare. There is also plenty of shopping, dining, and entertainment facilities.

Booming economy

Minnesota is home to 16 Fortune 500 corporations and active medical and educational communities. There are ample opportunities for employment and career growth.

Mall of America

Located just 15 minutes from Downtown Minneapolis, Mall of America is the largest mall in the country and one of the top tourist destinations in the entire United States. It boasts more than 520 stores, 60 restaurants, Nickelodeon Universe (a 7-acre indoor amusement park), SEA LIFE Aquarium, a comedy club, world-class gaming and entertainment centers, movie theatres, mini-golf and tons of other family attractions and nightlife options. Plus, there’s no sales tax on clothing or shoes! You won’t want to miss this.

Interested in living and working in Minnesota?

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