High-Ranking Performance for Businesses

Big brains • Big ideas • Big leadership • Big industries • Big potential • Big performance. We’ve got them — big time.

Plenty of states can talk a good game.  But Minnesota is a solid, steady partner whose performance speaks for itself.

Whether you’re talking economic growth, job growth or business expansions, we are routinely ranked as one of the best, most competitive places in the nation to locate a business.

Building reflection_glassnsteel.jpg A Standout Performer
The business world is replete with indexes that measure performance and potential. You’ll find Minnesota ranks high on many of the most widely recognized and respected indexes.
  • Minnesota ranks second among states in Fortune 500 companies per capita and 10th in overall companies (19).
  • Minnesota ranks fourth in competitiveness among states, according to 2011 rankings by the Beacon Hill Institute. 
  • Minnesota’s has the third-highest labor force participation rate nationwide (71.2 percent), according to 2011 data by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Ajilon Professional Staffing identified Minneapolis-St. Paul in 2011 as the best city in the nation to find a job.
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul is the fourth-best metropolitan area for business, according to 2011 rankings by MarketWatch.
  • Minnesota has the best health care in the country, according to a 2012 report by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
  • Minneapolis (third) and St. Paul (12th) are among the most literate cities, according to 2011 rankings by the Central Connecticut State University.
  • Minnesota is one of the most innovative states, ranking fourth nationwide in patents per capita in 2011.
  • Minnesota ranks second nationwide in livability, according to 2012 rankings by CQ Press.
  • In a 2012 report, Travel and Leisure calls the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport (MSP) best in the nation.

Compare Minnesota  

Select the links below to use our Compare Minnesota data tool to see how we stack-up with other states and how Minneapolis-St. Paul compares with major metropolitan areas in key economic indicators. 

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