As we begin to see the sun sinking earlier in the day and the cool weather set in, it might not surprise you that international buyers aren’t jumping off planes at MSP International Airport and buying houses en mass. The top destination states for international buyers in 2013 based on home sales tend to be a bit warmer: Arizona, California, Florida and Texas.
These states are more appealing to European buyers who are attracted to warmer climates, Asian purchasers who find the West Coast appealing, Mexican buyers who want to stay closer to their homeland, and Indian house hunters who tend to settle in urbanized area with a strong IT industry.
Be that as it may, as Minnesotans, we know that our changing weather always gives us something to talk to strangers about, and there are many more great reasons to move or stay in the Twin Cities.
It might get cool, but our air is clean! People who live in the Twin Cities are more likely to be in excellent or good health. Residents of Minneapolis and St. Paul have lower instances of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and asthma. It could be because we’ve banned smoking in public places. Maybe it has something to do with all our bike trails. We value our parks and the cities prioritize space for outdoor activities and sports. Even in the winter, we’ve got our snow sports and lots of indoor fitness centers. The Twin Cities have been named the healthiest cities in the country three years running by the American Fitness Index. Not only are we healthy, we have fun staying that way.
The Twin Cities is great for college graduates
Things haven’t been easy for young people graduating from college and looking for jobs, but in the Twin Cities job growth is strong. Not only are there jobs being created here, but it’s an affordable place to live. We’ve got a great population of young people and lots of entertainment for them to enjoy.
It’s a great place for families
Parenting Magazine named St. Paul/Minneapolis one of the top five places in the country to raise a family. They cite how healthy the cities are, safe streets, sustainability, alternative transportation like the light rail, restoration of green spaces, the high quality schools. It’s a place to enjoy the big city life without sacrificing health and safety.
Speaking of great schools
Princeton review named the University of Minnesota the “Best Value College” for their commitment to academic excellence, financial aid availability, and overall value of an education. It’s not just the University of Minnesota, either. If you take a look at top schools in Minnesota, you’ll find a lot of them in the Twin Cities.
As if all that isn’t enough, in 2013 the Twin Cities received the following accolades:
- #1 U.S. City for cleanliness
- #1 for city parks in the U.S.
- #2 most bike-friendly city in the U.S.
- #9 most innovative city in the world
- #10 for quality of life in the U.S.
- #10 for urban forests in the U.S.
The Twin Cities are a great place to live. We live here, so we know that. If you’re looking to buy a house in or relocate to the Twin Cities, we’d love to help you out; we know the cities and we’d love to help you find the place you’ll be happiest.