This is 39th in a series of 50 posts we are putting out throughout the years in anticipation of the celebration of our 50th Anniversary in 2015. We welcome your feedback and suggestions for the top things YOU love about Minnesota as well!
Minnesota is known for its Twin Cities. Our 50th things series would not be complete if we did not talk about the city of Minneapolis. It’s the 14th largest metropolitan area in the US, the larger of the Twin Cities and the largest city in the state. Minneapolis, the city itself, is home to 20 of the more than 10,000 lakes in the state. Five Fortune 500 corporations call Minneapolis their headquarters: Target, US Bancorp, Xcel Energy, Ameriprise Financial and Thrivent Financial. The city is known for its culture – the Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and it is the second largest, behind New York City, of live theater per capita. Minneapolis is becoming more and more famous for its award-winning restaurants and chefs. Each year several are awarded accolades and recognition. Spoon and Stable restaurant, newly opened, was recently nominated for a 2015 James Beard Foundation Award and that’s just one of many excellent foodie choices! Minneapolis is home to four professional athletic teams and numerous other college teams. There is never a shortage of spectator sports, including the Minnesota Twins, the Vikings, the Lynx, and the Timberwolves. There is conversation that professional soccer may add to the mix soon.
The Minneapolis park system is amazing – featuring beautiful landscaping, the Chain of Lakes including 7 lakes and Minnehaha Creek and the Mississippi River. Minneapolis is also home to the Golden Gophers of the University of Minnesota. There are several other private and public four –year universities that add to the quality of life in Minneapolis. Public transportation in the city of Minneapolis is improving with new light rail lines recently added. Bicycling is a big deal in the city and its Nice Ride program gains national attention. It’s rated ninth for walk ability in a large city. Even in the winter, residents can still get around because of our amazing skyway system – walking in walk ways above the ground connecting buildings. Shopping is also plentiful in Minneapolis, complete with a major department store, Macy’s, multiple grocery stores, Lund’s and Byerly’s, and even a two story Target and a deluxe Walgreens coming soon.
There is never a shortage of things to do in a city of this size and one of the beauties is it’s easy to come downtown and get around. Whether you are dining, taking in a show, a sporting event, the seasonal Farmers Market or just wish to walk, run or bicycle the lakes – Minneapolis is a city that has it all.
If you are considering a move to the Minneapolis area soon, please contact us for any assistance you may need with your relocation.