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Quality of Life: Good Health. Scenic Beauty. Affordability.

A strong economy, strong work ethic, good schools, low crime, abundant natural resources, and high civic engagement are among the many reasons that make Minnesota an attractive place for people to live and work. 

How Minnesota Ranks

  • 1st on Forbes’ America’s Top 20 Healthiest Cities in 2017, for the third year in a row.

  • 3rd in quality of life, according to 2016 rankings by Business Facilities.

  • 6th Best City to Live in America in 2016. Minneapolis received A+ overall, with grades of at least A- for outdoor activities, diversity, nightlife, health and fitness and commuting according to

  • 6th on the Minneapolis Creative Vitality Index, a ranking of 35 largest U.S. metro regions that measures the creative vitality of a region based on its arts, culture and employment in creative occupations.

  • Minnesotans ranked second in the country for volunteering. The Corporation for National and Community Service reported that 35.4 percent of Minnesota residents volunteered in 2015, second only to Utah.
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