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Least stressed state — best state to raise a family

Minnesota is one of the best states to find and retain a job, start a business, and balance work and family life.

State rankings

  • Least stressed state, considering indicators that range from average hours worked per week to personal bankruptcy rate to share of adults getting adequate sleep (WalletHub, 2019).

  • Best state to raise a family based on five key dimensions: family fun, health & safety, education & child care, affordability and socio-economics (WalletHub, 2019).

  • Best state for women, considering metrics such as median earnings for female workers, economic clout of women-owned firms and unemployment rate for women (WalletHub, 2019).

  • Second best state for jobs, using metrics like improvement in unemployment, current unemployment rate and income improvements (Zippia, 2019).

  • Fourth highest for 5-year business survival rate (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015-2019).

  • Fourth best state for millennials, based on affordability, education and health, quality of life, economic health and civic engagement (WalletHub, 2019).

Minneapolis-St. Paul rankings

  • Third best city for college graduates based on 5 equally-weighted factors within 3 categories important to college graduates: jobs, affordability and livability (Apartment List. Inc., 2019).

  • Third best city for singles, using metrics such as population density, median age, share of population male vs. female and number of unmarried people (HomeSnacks, 2019).

  • Sixth best place to start a career, considering indicators like availability of entry-level jobs, job fairs, workforce diversity, job-market saturation, housing affordability and commuter-friendliness (WalletHub, 2019).

  • Seventh best city for young professionals. Minneapolis offers young professionals relatively low rent and relatively high average annual incomes (SmartAsset, 2019).
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