Why do we choose to live in Minnesota? It’s cold. Really cold. Then it’s hot. Really hot. Minneapolis is a flyover city right? It’s just a layover on our way to a better destination. Not true! Minnesota residents will you prove you wrong in every misconception about the great state we call home. There are innumerable reasons to settle down in Minnesota despite the weather.
Minnesotans notoriously have the best attitudes around. These upbeat personalities are reflected in the well-being of residents throughout the state. Minnesota had the 3rd highest score on the Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index, with a score of 69.2. Minnesota has ranked in the top ten states every year from 2008 to 2012. Folks in Minnesota tend to have lower rates of obesity and fewer medical problems such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and chronic pain. They also report enjoying their jobs more, have lower rates of smoking, and exercise more often than residents in states that rank lower on the list.
Minnesotans love the outdoors and we find ways to access it and utilize it in all temperatures. One pastime remains constant year-round: biking. There’s a reason Minnesotans have fewer medical problems! Minneapolis was found on the “Most Bikeable Cities” list.
Programs like Nice Ride Minnesota reflect the growing cycling population, providing rental bikes all around the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Even in the suburbs, Minnesota has access to a phenomenal system of bike trails and connecting paths that serve as superhighways for the cycling population. The Dakota Rail Trail connects Wayzata to St. Bonifacius, and the combined Luce Line Regional and State trails provide uninterrupted ride from Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis almost 60 miles west, nearly to Hutchinson.
Not confined to the Twin Cities, many parts of greater Minnesota have networks of bike trails. On the scenic North Shore of Lake Superior, the Gitchi-Gami State Trail , when completed, will join Two Harbors and Grand Marais with an 88 mile paved trail for non-motorized vehicles. The Root River Trail in Southeast Minnesota and the Paul Bunyon Trail between Brainerd and Bemidji bring recreational biking opportunities to Minnesota residents statewide.
Some of the world’s most recognized corporations make their home here, including 20 Fortune 500 companies. In addition to these companies, Minnesota employers include thousands of smaller businesses across the state, health care organizations, educational institutions and many innovative startup companies. Hard working Minnesotans earn a good living with a per capita personal income ranking 12th in the country.
First Avenue. Mall of America. The Science Museum of Minnesota. Minnesota Twins. Valleyfair Amusement Park. Guthrie Theater. Walker Art Center. Minnesota Wild. Dakota Jazz Club. Should I go on?
You Need One Reason? Try 50.
City Pages outlined not only one reason why Minnesota is the best state in America, but 50. We’re positive there were even more than that. Among the top reasons were lake cabins, cross-country skiing trails, local breweries, summer music festivals, and world renowned healthcare at the Mayo Clinic.
If you’re still unsure whether Minnesota is the right move for you, speak with a Minnesota REALTOR®. They will not only guide you on your choice to relocate to Minnesota, but where in the state is right for you.