Quality of Life

Northeastern Minnesota offers a lifestyle that includes quality recreation and cultural opportunities. With unspoiled forests, thousands of lakes and a wide range of cultural attractions, the region has a variety of resources to satisfy everyone.

Minnesota consistently ranks among the top states in regard to quality of place. As the state’s premier outdoor and recreation playground, northeastern Minnesota is in a class by itself. With literally thousands of crystal clear lakes and abundant forests, this region is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream.

Visitors and residents alike are drawn to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Voyageurs National Park, the Mississippi River and the North Shore of Lake Superior. The region boasts several world-class golf courses, hundreds of multi-use recreational trails and some of the most prime lakeshore real estate in the country.

Northeastern Minnesota is a great place to raise a family in a healthy and safe environment. Less time commuting means more time for family and friends. Add affordable, accessible housing, a superior education system and an excellent rural health care system, and northeastern Minnesota stands out among the most desirable living environments in the nation.

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Unity Addition - Mountain Iron

Housing

Northeastern Minnesota consistently offers a variety of housing options for all income levels.

Private home values in northeastern Minnesota: 
    Northeastern Minnesota median selling price: $136,300  
    Minneapolis/St. Paul median selling price: $233,400

Minnesota’s high standard of living allows its residents to enjoy a home ownership rate five percentage points higher than the national average.

With a home ownership rate of 72 percent, the state ranks 10th highest nationwide, surpassing other states in the Midwest.

Health Care

Virginia Regional Medical Center

Northeastern Minnesota is better equipped to serve healthcare needs than most rural areas in the United States. Major healthcare systems (like Essentia Health Care and Fairview University Medical Centers) are located throughout the region and the area is served by many metropolitan-based and private practice physicians. Dentistry and orthodontic specialty clinics are easily accessible in nearly every community in northeastern Minnesota, as well as psychiatric care, chiropractic and rehabilitation clinics.

According to CQ Press, Minnesota is the healthiest state in the country, according to 2008 annual rankings. The state has been among the top five states since 1996 and among the top three since 2006. 

Recreation

Everywhere you look, northeastern Minnesota is filled with recreational opportunities. With the great outdoors literally right out your backdoor, there’s no better place than northeastern Minnesota to enjoy all that the great outdoors has to offer.

Home to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Voyageurs National Park and nestled in the Superior and Chippewa National Forests with numerous state parks at your fingertips, northeastern Minnesota is an outdoor lover’s paradise.

Spectacular hunting and fishing can be found nearly everywhere in northeastern Minnesota. Hiker or biker? Wind your way through miles of paved and natural hiking and/or biking trails. In winter, snowmobilers can take advantage of thousands of snowmobile trails found within the region. All terrain vehicle trails and designated riding areas provide prime northwoods riding to ATV and off-road riders.

Bear, moose, deer, wolves, birds and other unique Minnesota wildlife abound in northeastern Minnesota.

Sports


The Quarry at Giants RidgeSituated in the heart of the Superior National Forest, northeastern Minnesota’s Iron Range is known worldwide for its world-class championship golf courses. The Legend and the Quarry at Giants Ridge, the Wilderness at Fortune Bay and Superior National Golf Course at Lutsen all make this region a golfer’s paradise. For information on these and other golf courses check out wildnorthgolf.com

Communities throughout the region offer a variety of league-based sports activities for children and adults. Take part in one of many community-based softball, volleyball, and biking leagues (among others).

For winter sports enthusiasts, northeastern Minnesota boasts world class cross country skiing, snowshoe trails and ice fishing, along with numerous ski areas and terrain parks, including Giants Ridge, Lutsen Mountains and Spirit Mountain.

Other

The region does not fall short of things to see and do. Explore the region’s ethnic heritage (and your very own) at the Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm. Answer the call of the wild with a visit to the American Bear Center and International Wolf Center in Ely, where you are able to observe the animals, learn from staff naturalists about animal life and habitat, and more.

While northeastern Minnesota still relies on the mining industry today, logging brought many settlers to the region years ago. Take a trip back in time at the Forest History Center in Grand Rapids, where you are offered a variety of exciting opportunities to explore Minnesota's forests and learn about the people who lived and worked in the forests over 100 years ago.