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Our Twin Cities

Although separated by the Mississippi River, Minneapolis and Saint Paul are virtually one city. Together they form the core of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area, the 16th-largest metropolitan area in the country (and roughly 65th-largest in the world), with more than 3 million residents.

By nearly every measure, the Twin Cities area ranks among the country’s most desirable places to live, offering exceptional cultural, social, and recreational opportunities.

The Twin Cities community has long been noted for its tremendous spirit of civic cooperation. Private corporations and foundations often join with government and community organizations to improve and expand the resources available to the community. The substantial private investment that results enriches the whole Twin Cities area and helps maintain it as a dynamic metropolitan center.

Economic Profile

Minnesota’s economy is one of the most diversified in the nation with more than 90% of all major U.S. industries located in the state, including 32 Fortune 1000 companies and 15 S&P 500 firms.  Many large companies started in Minnesota, such as Target, General Mills, Medtronic, Cargill, 3M, and Honeywell, to name a few. Other leading companies located here include United Health Group, Best Buy, Carlson Companies, Aveda Corporation, St. Paul Travelers Companies, U.S. Bancorp, and Xcel Energy.

The Twin Cities metropolitan area serves as the economic center of the upper Midwest. It is no surprise that beautiful scenery, world-class art museums, professional sports, and exciting nightspots abound.

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Did You Know?

In a February 2010 Gallup survey Minneapolis ranks 4th nationally on its well-being index.

A June 2010 study by Forbes magazine rates Minneapolis as the 3rd best city in the country for young professionals.

Minneapolis/St. Paul is rated, in a February 2010 issue of Travel + Leisure magazine, as the second safest city in the United States with "friendly people, family-oriented activities, and uber-clean streets."

Portfolio.com ranks Minneapolis third in its 2010 Quality of Life report.

Business Facilities, in 2010, ranks Minneapolis as having a high quality of life and as one of the greenest cities in the country.

The 2010 American Fitness Index report rates the Minneapolis metro area third in the United States.

The Minneapolis metro area is rated the eighth best city in the country to relocate to in 2010.

In 2010, the Minneapolis Saint Paul metro area is ranked first in the nation for volunteering by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Move.com ranks Minneapolis as one of the nation's top 10 green cities.