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

A strong economy, good schools, low crime, high home ownership rates, abundant natural resources, and high civic engagement are among the many reasons that make Minnesota an attractive place for people to live and work. Minnesota consistently ranks among the top states in quality of life:

  • Best state to raise a family (WalletHub, 2020)
  • 2nd best state to live (WalletHub, 2019)
  • 2nd in volunteering (National and Community Service, 2018)
  • 3rd for quality of life (Forbes, 2019)
  • 3rd highest life expectancy (80.8 years) nationwide (24/7 Wall St., 2019)
  • 3rd safest state (WalletHub, 2020)
  • 3rd best state to live (News and World Report, 2019)

Minneapolis-St. Paul also ranks as a top place to live:

  • Best airport in North America for the 4th year in a row (Airports Council International, 2020)
  • 1st (Minneapolis), 3rd (St. Paul) best park systems (Trust for Public Land, 2020)
  • 1 of the 10 best cities to live (Curbed, 2020)
  • 6th best place to live (U.S. News & World Report, 2019)
  • 8th best city for active life style (WalletHub, 2020)
  • 9th healthiest city (Mindbody Wellness Index, 2020)
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