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Overview

Located in the exciting and friendly Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, known commonly as the “Twin Cities”, we are the flagship campus of the University of Minnesota. Our location in the Midwestern region of the U.S. is considered the “Heart of America.”  Here, you’ll enjoy four beautiful, distinct seasons with noticeable changes in temperature, appearance, and available activities. Filled with history and lively activities, our two unique downtowns offer a wide range of opportunities. The cultural institutions, and dining and entertainment options are as diverse as the people who call this area home. Numerous lakes, parks, and trails throughout the metro area allow even city residents to enjoy the natural beauty of Minnesota. Whether you are attracted to big city energy, outdoor recreation, or the safety and friendliness of the Midwest, the Twin Cities have something for everyone.

The Twin Cities also offer great professional opportunities, including 17 Fortune 500 companies based here, such as 3M, General Mills, and Best Buy.  These dynamic companies, as well as a number of smaller, local businesses, represent a diverse range of solid, sustainable industries such as healthcare and medical technology, financial services, general merchandising, specialty retailing, food consumer production, and more.

Top-Ranked Cities and State

The Twin Cities and the State of Minnesota have proven themselves as a great place to live with consistent, high rankings in a number of categories:

  • Healthiest/fittest metro area in the U.S.
  • Cleanest city in the U.S.
  • Most Livable State in the United States for the 4th year in a row (award based on 43 factors, including job growth, education, income, health care, and more)
  • #1 in quality of life, healthiest state, and safest city
  • #2 best place to raise children
  • Top State for Business
  • Top 10 best technology economies