Why Minnesota?

Whether you call a rural, suburban or urban community home, Minnesota is a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Minnesota is so much more than the land of 10,000 lakes. We are a strong, bustling economy and a diverse population. Minnesotans can choose to live in our busy, urban centers, numerous, spacious suburbs, or vibrant, rural communities.

Minnesota consistently ranks high in quality of life, education, health and well-being. The state is also home to the world-renowned Mayo Clinic and 16 Fortune 500 companies (including agri-food businesses CHS, General Mills, Ecolab, Land O’Lakes, Target and Hormel Foods). Minnesota has a thriving, diverse agricultural industry, and in fact, just over half of our state’s lands are agricultural. 

Minnesota is home to several professional sports teams including the Vikings, Twins, Minnesota United FC, Wild and Lynx. We have great concert venues, amazing state and local parks, world-class hunting and fishing, a thriving food scene, and a top-rated international airport. Whether you prefer small town life or city living, Minnesota has something for everyone.

We don’t like to brag in Minnesota - but we are a pretty amazing place to call home with friendly neighbors and countless opportunities.

Here are a few statistics from Greater MSP on why the 15 county Minneapolis and St. Paul regional metro area is a great place to live and work:

  • Average weekly wage: $1,207
  • Value of Exports: $20 billion
  • #1 for Volunteering, Top Among the 50 Largest Metros in the U.S.
  • A more affordable cost of living than Dallas, Denver & Chicago
  • 53 percent of adults 25+ have an Associate's Degree or higher, and 43 percent of adults 25+ have a Bachelor's Degree or higher
  • Home to 5 of the world's largest 30 food companies and has the third-largest combined food science and biomedical engineering workforce in the U.S.

Here are a few key facts from GreenSeam for why that region of Southern Minnesota is a wonderful place to live and work:

  • There are over 1000 ag and ag-related businesses in the region
  • More than 100k people are employed in ag-related businesses
  • Over $36 billion in economic activity in the region

Here are a few reasons why Northern and Western Minnesota is a top place to live and work:

  • Northwest Minnesota is home to fertile cropland, with many counties boasting that over two-thirds of their land is farmed including Marshall, Polk, Pennington, Norman and Traverse counties
  • Northern Minnesota is home to numerous lakes, trails and top hunting grounds for outdoor enthusiasts
  • For those passionate about a career in natural resources, this region boasts numerous opportunities related to timber, mining and wildlife management
  • Duluth, Minnesota is a top tourist destination with numerous festivals, restaurants, hotels, and outdoor recreation, as well as a top port city in the United States with over 1,000 ocean-going and Great Lakes vessels visiting the port annually
  • Money Magazine ranked Duluth as one of its top four Midwestern small cities based on livability

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