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Quality of Life

The happiest – and least stressed – state

People sometimes hesitate to move to Minnesota – but once they do, they tend to stay. Businesses here recognize that having good quality of life is important in attracting and retaining talent.
  • Across the state, our premier education and health care systems have led to a population of residents who are among the most educated and healthiest in the country. For the past 28 years, Minnesota has ranked among the healthiest states in the country, placing first or second more than 10 times in America’s Health Rankings (United Health Foundation).
Minnesota tops many other livability rankings as well. Here are just a few:
  • Happiest – and Least Stressed – State in the Country (WalletHub, 2017)
  • 1st in Quality of Life (Forbes, 2017)
  • 2nd in Quality of Life (U.S. News & World Report, 2018) 
  • 3rd in Quality of Life (CNBC, 2017)
Cost of Living

Whether you’re living in the Twin Cities, other Minnesota cities or in a smaller town or rural area, housing prices help make Minnesota an affordable place to live well – particularly when compared to locations on the coasts.

Median Sales Prices for Single-Family Homes in 15 major metro areas
Location Median Home Value
Minneapolis/St. Paul $250,200
Ann Arbor, Mich. $251,900
Phoenix $252,600
Madison, Wis. $262,200
Raleigh, N.C. $264,000
Charleston, S.C. $272,700
Miami $335,000
Portland $380,400
New York metro $395,900
Washington, D.C. $397,100
Denver $414,400
Boston $448,500
Seattle $471,700
Los Angeles $541,200
San Francisco $920,000
Source: National Association of Realtors, 4th quarter 2017 (preliminary data)
Standard of Living Salary Comparisons

Minnesota has ranked among the healthiest states in the country.
City Salary Needed for Equivalent Standard of Living
Minneapolis/St. Paul $100,000
Denver $105,123
Chicago $113,472
Seattle $137,666
Boston $140,607
San Francisco $171,063
New York City $217,078
Source: CNN Money Cost of Living Calculator (April 2018)
Work-life balance

Minnesota is a family-friendly place that values the importance of work-life balance:
  • 1st Best State for Women (WalletHub, 2017; Institute for Women’s Policy Research, 2015)
  • 2nd Best State for Working Moms and Working Dads (WalletHub, 2017)
  • 2nd Best State to Raise a Family (WalletHub, 2018)
  • 3rd in America’s Best States to Live In (CNBC, 2017)
  • 4th in Overall Child Well-Being (2017 Kids Count Databook, Annie E. Casey Foundation)
Living options

  • Minneapolis and St. Paul’s downtown's support a mix of corporate, residential, retail and entertainment spaces that give each city a unique and vivacious spirit. Outside of the each city’s center, residential neighborhoods provide a variety of living options. 

  • Tying together the Twin Cities urban environment is a flourishing public transit system of buses and light rail. For those who prefer to use their own two wheels, there are over 225 miles of on- and off-street bike paths running through Minneapolis alone, which would explain its frequent inclusion in lists of the most bike-friendly cities.

  • For those looking to live outside of the Twin Cities, Minnesota is full of charming small- and medium-sized cities with thriving and emerging economic opportunities – and affordable costs of living. Rochester, Duluth, St. Cloud and Moorhead are just a few examples of smaller metropolitan centers, each with a diverse economy and many of the cultural amenities that are found in the Twin Cities.
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