It’s a good thing Minneapolis gets cold every once in a while. Otherwise, the rest of the world would be beating down our doors. Our city is so filled with nature, beauty and community, it’s surprising that everyone doesn’t want to live here.
If you’re looking for a new place to call home, consider moving to Minneapolis. A strong and vibrant community; an affordable cost of living; and an active, enjoyable downtown - these are just a few of the reasons Minneapolis is a great place to live.
We’ve compiled a few more; take a look, then let us know when you’ll be packing your moving boxes and shopping for a new home!
Even winter brings joy
Let’s get this out of the way. If you’ve ever considered moving to Minneapolis, then you probably at least paused in your decision-making based on the possibility of eyelash-freezing cold weather.
However, if you’ve been to Minneapolis in winter, you also know that our people have done some pretty ingenious things to make it more liveable and enjoyable.
When the area was derided as a “second Siberia” in the late 19th century, the locals didn’t take that lying down. Instead, they strapped on their snowshoes and built the St. Paul Winter Carnival, an extravaganza of skating, royal processions, hot cocoa, toasty snacks, and more.
The same goes for winter walking and wellness. When it’s too cold to be outside, Minnesotans don’t just sit still. Instead, they take to their feet and walk the Minneapolis Skyway, a network of enclosed bridges linking community buildings, retail and more in the downtown area.
It’s a reader’s paradise
Famed and celebrated author F. Scott Fitzgerald hails from the St. Paul-Minneapolis area. With The Great Gatsby forming part of the Twin Cities’ literary legacy, it’s no wonder that it’s a metropolis filled with readers.
Minneapolis has been ranked the most literate city in the US and is home to a host of bookstores for the librophiles among us. From bookstores with pizzerias to bookstores with thousands of crime novels (Once Upon a Crime) to bookstores that highlight native arts, there’s a store for seemingly every type of literary niche.
Its outdoor spaces are delightful
Spring and summer in Minneapolis are so nice that they wholly make up for the winter’s chill. When you’re moving to Minneapolis, you have so much to look forward to when it comes to outdoor enjoyment and exploration.
The city and community parks are a feast for the senses, where you can explore and experience new things year round. The city is home to almost 7,000 acres of parkland, which includes lakes, gardens, golf courses, recreation centers and more.
Minneapolis is also home to a vast array of public art displays. Where else can you go exploring and find a giant spoon with a cherry on top (“Spoonbridge and Cherry” in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden), murals dedicated to Prince and Bob Dylan, and a statue depicting Minneapolis’ original sweetheart, Mary Tyler Moore?
Sports, sports, sports.
We alluded to the many sporting centers in Minneapolis earlier, and it bears repeating that the area is home to some loyal sports fans and some pretty storied teams.
When you’re in Minneapolis, you can cheer on the Minnesota Twins (baseball), the Minnesota Vikings (football), the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx (men’s and women’s basketball); the Minnesota Wild and Minnesota Whitecaps (men’s and women’s hockey) and Minnesota United FC (soccer).
Collegiate sports are well-represented too, with the University of Minnesota fielding strong teams across multiple sports and hosting elite Division I competitors from the Big Ten Conference.
Whether you want to dip your toes in one of the city’s 22 lakes (we recommend kayaking on Lake of the Isles if you want to get really specific), or to spend a day exploring all the flavors on offer at Minnesota’s plentiful slate of downtown restaurants, our top recommendation is to get here as quickly as you can.
If you’re ready to consider Minneapolis as the ideal spot to call home, let us help you get settled in. We’d love to be the first to welcome you to the city and get you comfortably established in your new neighborhood. Let’s talk, and we’ll be ready with both hardworking move-in teams and with the best round of Minnesota coffee shop recommendations!