City Spotlight: Saint Paul, Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota and all it has to offer

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St. Paul is the capital of Minnesota and home to over 285,000 residents, making it the second most populous city in Minnesota. St. Paul was established and grew as a center for economic development because of its location along the Mississippi River.  In the early years it was the hub for trading and transportation and a gateway for early settlers arriving on steamboats.  The railroads also were a major contributor to the economic development of the city.

Now, St. Paul is an attractive place to live, work or visit.  The downtown business district is stable and easy to navigate and offers many popular restaurants and area attractions.  It is home to the MN Wild hockey team, which plays at Xcel Center, an amazing arena that also serves as a high-demand concert venue.  The MN Swarm Lacrosse team and the St. Paul Saints minor league baseball team call St. Paul home, as well.Read More »

City Spotlight: Twin Cities

Living in the Twin Cities 

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The Twin Cities are a great place to live, work and play. Vast career opportunities, excellent education systems, influential arts, endless entertainment and professional sport teams. They’re known for their high quality of life and affordable cost of living.

With things to do, ranging from lake side strolls to rooftop dinners, it’s hard to become bored in the beautiful Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

Good jobs and a healthy economy are two factors that have a big impact on real estate in the Twin Cities. Some good news for the Minneapolis-St. Paul area: the Twin Cities are in Forbes magazine’s annual Best Places for Business and Careers. The Twin Cities rank 23rd out of 200 large metro areas in the United States. That’s up 11 places from where the area ranked in 2011.

Forbes also ranks the Twin Cities on several other lists, expressing the quality we have here in Minnesota:

  • #1 America’s Safest Cities
  • #19 Best Cities for Singles
  • #20 in Education
  • #22 Best Places for Business and Careers
  • #104 in Job Growth
  • #20 in Education
  • #156 in Cost of Doing Business

Don’t let the talk about Minnesota’s tough winters scare you! The Twin Cities have more to offer than a good amount of snow and below freezing temps. Embrace all the area has to offer and you’ll see why so many people love to call Minnesota home.

The Minnesota Association of REALTORS® is the largest professional trade association in the state with more than 17,000 members who are active in all aspects of the real estate industry.