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Amazing Quality of Life

Best
State to Raise a Family
Least
Stressed State
#1
in Voter Participation
#2
Best State for Working Moms and Dads

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Minnesota invites you to discover something new in the world and in yourself. Somewhere that feels wild and pure, where your story can flow like the Mississippi River and shine like the northern lights. No matter which route you take, they can all lead to your True North. And it’s only in Minnesota.

We’re a state of mind filled with adventure, culture and curiosity. And we’re a state of opportunity, committed to building what matters and making the world a better place for everyone. Here you can:

  • Start or grow your career. Our top rankings related to women in the workforce, working moms and dads, and millennials speak to why we’re a great place to grow your career.
  • Live affordably and access world leading health care. People who move here from other places are often surprised by how affordable it is; we’re among the top five states for home ownership. And we’re among the top five states in life expectancy – in part, because of the excellent medical care the state offers, including the top-ranked Mayo Clinic and other excellent medical facilities.
  • Raise your family and have your children learn in our outstanding schools. From pre-K through college, education is a high priority. We’re considered one of the Best States to Raise a Family and in the top three when it comes to child well-being.
  • Be part of an engaged and caring community. We are among the very top states in voter participation and volunteering. What’s more, we’re friendly, welcoming and one of the least stressed states.
  • Enjoy a robust arts and entertainment scene. Minnesota is not just the birthplace of stars like Bob Dylan and Prince, it’s a hotbed for music, theater, visual arts and culinary innovation.
  • Bask in our great outdoors and cheer for our professional sports teams. As one of a small handful of states with teams in seven major sports leagues, we also have several world-class sports venues. When we’re not watching sports, we’re likely to be outdoors, savoring our state’s beauty by fishing, boating, skiing, kayaking, snowmobiling, ice skating, biking, hiking and more.

And, there’s plenty to get out and enjoy

  • purple-tour6 national parks
  • 75 state and recreational parks
  • 4,000+ miles of paved bike trails
  • Nearly 500 golf courses
  • Over 100 live theaters
  • 180 craft brewers

Quick Facts

  • Best State to Raise a Family (WalletHub, 1st in 2020; 2nd in 2021)
  • Least Stressed State (WalletHub, 1st in 2020; 3rd in 2021)
  • 1st in Voter Participation (U.S. Elections Project, 2020)
  • 2nd in Volunteering (Corporation for National and Community Service)
  • 2nd Best State for Women and for Working Moms and Dads (WalletHub, 2020)
  • 2nd in Opportunity (U.S. News & World Report, 2021)
  • 3rd in Child Well-Being (Kids Count Report, 2021)
  • 4th in Healthy People (2021 Camelot Index)

For a full picture of life in Minnesota, visit our partner Explore Minnesota Tourism.

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