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      Minnesota Cities Top National Lists For Business, Happiness

      Posted on July 25, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      Skyline of Rochester, ranked 2nd happiest city in the nation

      Photo Content: Flickr User cursedthing, Rochester, MN

      Minnesota Cities Stand Out on National List of Best Places To Do Business

      Minnesota received more good economic news yesterday. Three Minnesota cities ranked among the top 25 smaller cities in the country to do business and have a career. Mankato ranked third on the national list, followed by Rochester (23rd) and St. Cloud (24th).
       
      The analysis, conducted by Forbes Magazine, considered U.S. cities with populations of less than 250,000. Forbes weighed several factors in making its rankings, including:

      - Job growth
      - Income growth
      - Educational attainment
      - Projected economic growth through 2016
      - Business costs
      - Number of highly-ranked colleges in the area
      - Cultural and recreational opportunities
       
      This news comes just one week after the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced that the state gained another 8,500 jobs in June, and Minnesota’s unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level in more than seven years. Overall, Minnesota has gained nearly 160,000 new jobs since Governor Dayton took office in January 2011.
       
      Rochester: One of the Happiest Places in America


      Another new study released this week named Rochester the second-happiest city in the country, just behind Charlottesville, Virginia. Rochester was the only northern city in America to make the top 10 list from the University of British Columbia and Harvard University.
       
      Other Recent Top National Rankings
       
      3rd-Best State to Make a Living – Forbes Magazine named Minnesota the 3rd-best state in the nation to make a living in 2014.
       
      6th-Best State to do Business – CNBC named Minnesota the 6th-best state in the nation to do business in 2014.

      2nd Best Small Town in US -  Livability.com named Northfield the 2nd-best small town to live in in the US.

      Twin Cities: Lowest Unemployment Rate – In early July, the U.S. Department of Labor noted that the Twin Cities had the lowest unemployment rate (4%) of any major metropolitan area in the country.
       
      Best Manufacturing State in the Midwest – Creighton University’s Mid-America Business Conditions Index showed Minnesota is outpacing the entire Midwest region – and much of the rest of the country – in manufacturing. The study considers a state’s exports, domestic sales, and factory hiring.