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Minneapolis: Why I love it here

27 December 2012

Image“Wait, so you travel from April to November, and then come back to Minneapolis for the winter? Summer in Minnesota is the reason people tolerate winter here!” I get that response a lot when I describe my job, especially when I actually spent long stretches of winter at home. I travel a ton, obviously, but through all of that travel, I’ve been proud to call Minneapolis home. I spend a lot of time extolling the virtues of this great city, but here are some numbers to back it up.

Our airport is #1 in the nation. I seldom connect through it, but I give myself a little more time before my flight here than I do in most cities, because it is an awfully nice place to hang out. When I land here, I make a beeline for the door, because I can’t wait to get out and enjoy the rest of what Minneapolis has to offer.

Minneapolis-Saint Paul is the healthiest, fittest metro area in the US.

Probably in part because it’s a pretty good place to ride a bike

And it’s pretty good for running, too.

Which adds up to Minnesota being the 5th Healthiest State

The Twin Cities have some of the most intelligent and most attractive people in the US.

Minneapolis is the least stressful city in the US.

Possibly related, Minnesota is the least miserable state.

We have the second best music scene (or #5, depending upon how you read it), thanks to the best radio station (that one’s just my opinion, they haven’t gotten that crown yet).

We have two of the top 50 breweries in the world, a number that is threatening to grow as our beer scene explodes.

Travel and Leisure loves us, giving us the number one spot in America for Best Summer, #1 on Cleanliness, Most Intelligent, Best Public Parks and Outdoor Areas.

And while we have that great summer, we make the best of winter, too, with National Geographic’s #4 best winter carnival in the world.

People are starting to notice how nice it is here. Lonely Planet named the Twin Cities one of the Top 10 US Travel Destinations for 2013.

Even our suburbs don’t suck. Allegedly. I’ll have to take their word for it, I don’t go to the suburbs.

If you’re still not convinced, how about 50 reasons that Minnesota is the best state.

And our future looks awfully bright, too.

And that, my friends, is why I love it here, and why I keep coming back here, no matter how dang cold it gets in the winter.

  1. “Even our suburbs don’t suck. Allegedly. I’ll have to take their word for it, I don’t go to the suburbs.” YES, Jon Vick, just…yes. Also, St. Paul is pretty great, too.

  2. I love Minneapolis! It’s one of the most underrated cities in the USA. I spend about three weeks there for work, and thought it was a fantastic town. Great food scene, you can cross-country ski from your doorstep in the hippest part of town, and awesome music/arts. Love it!

  3. Yes, indeedy, Saint Paul is pretty awesome. I dare say better than MPLS 🙂

    Great post, Jon!

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