The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are located within a major metropolitan area with something for everyone. Minnesota’s famed quality of life is a major draw for students and professionals. The cities are home to a nationally recognized arts, music and theater community, and to several professional sports teams. The many distinctive neighborhoods, cultures and faith communities offer rich places for residents to discover a plethora of celebrations, ethnic dining and diverse entertainment options.
In recent years, a variety of rich and thriving immigrant and refugee populations have joined the more established African American and American Indian communities in the area. This includes the largest Somali population in the United States, the largest Hmong population outside Laos, the second-largest Vietnamese and Ethiopian populations and one of the fastest-growing Latino/Hispanic populations. The Twin Cities is also home to one of the country’s most vibrant GLBT communities.
Historically, Minnesota is noteworthy for its progressive approaches to health and human services, medical innovation, and public policy leadership. The region is also home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and multinational organizations.
For all these reasons and more, Minnesota is consistently ranked one of the best places to live in the United States.