The Twin Cities along the Mississippi River offers its 3.5 million residents some of the nation’s best living and working environment.
Compared to urban areas of similar size, it has a low crime rate, short commute to work, lower than average cost of living, highly educated workforce and a relatively high median household income.
Those factors combined with a strong local economy persuaded NerdWallet to rank Minneapolis and St. Paul as the third and fourth best places to live in 2014.
- Minneapolis was recently ranked a top city for female entrepreneurs for its organizations like Women Entrepreneurs of Minnesota and VentureWomen.
- The state’s Small Business Investment Credit program encourages emerging small businesses.
Ecolab, a water management, hygiene and food safety company in St. Paul, is earning a global reputation as environmental problem solver.
- UnitedHealth Group
- US Bancorp
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- Minnesota Business Partnership.
- Minneapolis St. Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership.
- News and events in high-tech and early stage ventures.
- Industrious in Minneapolis.
- COCO, a Google for Entrepreneurs hub with four Twin Cities locations.
- Assemble in Minneapolis.
- Target + Techstars. An accelerator focused on bringing new technology and products to retail.
- Biotech incubator that partners with Mayo Clinic.
- Business Enterprise Center. Biotechnology, clean technology, IT, electronics, manufacturing technology, and consumer products.
- Xcel Energy Center, a hockey arena with concerts and events.
- Walker Art Center, a multidisciplinary contemporary art centerin Minneapolis.
- First Avenue and 7th St Entry, a downtown Minneapolis nightclub that’s been a stepping stone for musicians like Joe Cocker, U2, Eminem, Tina Turner, Bo Diddly and Prince.
- Minnehaha Park, a city park on the banks of the Mississippi River with Minnehaha Falls and a national scenic byway.
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This post is by Caren Burmeister. Caren is a retired newspaper reporter turned freelance writer who enjoys yoga and caring for her two fat cats.