The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, with a total population of 2.85 million, offers a quality of life that is nationally recognized. Money ranked a suburb of the Twin Cities as the #1 best place to live in 2008, with 9 other metro area cities ranked within the top 100!
Opportunities for outdoor activities are abundant during all four seasons in Minnesota. The beautiful wilderness of northern Minnesota, including the North Shore of Lake Superior, provides canoeing, fishing, sailing, rock climbing, camping and hiking within a few hours drive of the Twin Cities.
The cities provide dozens of educational and world-renowned cultural options, including the Walker Art Center, the Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Ordway Music Theatre and the Science Museum of Minnesota. Moreover, there are boundless opportunities for shopping, professional sports, numerous concerts, and dozens of parks and lakes.
The weather? The Twin Cities enjoys four distinct, changing seasons with sports for all of them. It's cold in the winter, hot in the summer and beautiful in between. Minnesotans take pride in their attitude toward the weather. For example, St. Paul's famous Winter Carnival draws thousands of people outside in the last week of January. The weather is seen as a part of life that complements the outdoor culture.