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The University of Minnesota is located in the vibrant, exciting, and friendly Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. The area (also called the “Twin Cities”) has a total population of 3.6 million people. Filled with history and lively activities, the two unique downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul 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 18 Fortune 500 companies, such as 3M, General Mills, and Best Buy. These companies 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.

We are also home to the Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) International Airport, the 17th busiest airport for passengers in the U.S.

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 city in the U.S.
  • Most bikeable city in the U.S.
  • #1 in quality of life
  • Best park system in the U.S.
  • Top state for business
  • Top 10 best technology economies