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Moving to Minneapolis, MN, offers four distinct seasons, with average summer highs of 84 degrees Fahrenheit and January lows averaging 7 degrees Fahrenheit with 52 inches of snowfall on average.

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minneapolis, mn at a glance

Big-city living comes at a price, which is why the cost of living in Minneapolis is about 5% higher than the national average. The average household income is also slightly higher than average, though. 

A few of the major Minneapolis employers include:
Xcel Energy
General Mills
M Health Fairview
Allina Health

Many neighborhoods are highly walkable with convenient trails, and light rail and bus lines offer car-free commuting. Plus, it’s home to the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport.

The Minneapolis Public School District serves students in 111 schools. The city is home to several colleges, including The University of Minnesota, Augsburg University, and Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Life in Minneapolis means you have a wide range of big-city attractions like professional sports teams, high-end shopping, world-class museums, and exquisite restaurants. 

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where to live, have fun, and explore


Downtown West, with its trendy restaurants, bars, and entertainment, offers the full downtown experience. High rises and condos make it popular among young professionals.

The spot, where Hennepin and Lagoon Avenues intersect, anchors this neighborhood south of downtown. It’s known for its access to the Chain of Lakes, culture, and nightlife. 

Whether you call it the North Loop or the Warehouse District, you have to call this neighborhood hip, trendy, and young with its converted warehouses and collection of bars, restaurants, and shops. 

Whittier is known for “Eat Street,” a section packed with multicultural cuisine. It also has other commercial corridors and two museums. 

The Northeast neighborhood sits along the Mississippi River. It’s made up of the Arts district, with art studios and galleries, and the Riverfront district with stunning views. 

 Steeped in art and culture, Powderhorn hosts several art festivals and offers a mix of housing and commercial areas.

Bde Maka Ska and Lake Harriet border Linden Hills, which also has plenty of green space in its parks and is ideal for nature lovers.

This neighborhood sits along the Mississippi River and offers ample outdoor activities.

Lake Nokomis, Minnehaha Creek, and Lake Hiawatha make this neighborhood an attractive option for water lovers. It also offers a wide range of restaurants, from supper clubs and ethnic cuisine to ice cream and gluten-free bakeries. 

Seward is an older neighborhood that gives off small-town vibes. It features miles of trails, Mississippi River views, culture, entertainment, and dining.

things to do in minneapolis

It’s nearly impossible to list every festival and special event happening in Minneapolis, but these options are some of the most popular:
Aquatennial: This 4-day outdoor festival falls on the third full week of July and packs in fireworks and entertainment. 
Twin Cities Pride Festival: Every June, the city hosts its Pride Festival to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community.
Minnesota State Fair: Perhaps the most well-known state fair in the country, this event lasts 12 days, with the last falling on Labor Day.
Northern Spark: Happening in early June, Northern Spark is a late-night art festival.

The Minnesota Vikings are Minneapolis’ football team.
The Minnesota Timberwolves compete in the Western Conference of the NBA.
The Minnesota Twins compete in the MLB.
Minnesota Lynx make up the all women’s basketball team to compete in the WNBA.
The NHL Minnesota Wild reign from St. Paul, Minnesota.

Minneapolis offers eclectic nightlife options, including live music, dance clubs, and unique cocktail experiences. Some of the top spots for nightlife include North Loop, Uptown, Hennepin Avenue, First Avenue, and the Warehouse District.

If you’re moving to Minneapolis with a family, here are some kid-friendly spots:
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory: Check out the animals, gardens, art, and attractions. The zoo is free but asks for a small voluntary donation.
Science Museum of Minnesota: Kids and adults alike can learn interactively in the 8.5 acres of exhibits, covering everything from dinosaurs to space.
Minnesota Children’s Museum: With three floors and 11 play spaces, this museum offers hands-on play for kids.
Nickelodeon Universe: This amusement park anchors the Mall of America with 7 acres of attractions.
Mill City Museum: Learn about the city’s history as the Flour Milling Capital of the World in this museum, which integrates into the ruins of a flour mill.

Your furry family members can join in on the fun with these pet-friendly Minneapolis spots:
Minnehaha Regional Park: Dogs who love to hike can come along on the trails of this park and go for a swim in the river.
Lake of the Isles: The city offers an off-leash dog park that’s near the Lake of the Isles trail.
Stone Arch Bridge: This historic bridge is an iconic spot with amazing views, and your pup can join you.
Bde Maka Ska: This lake is a dog-friendly recreational spot with open fields, picnic areas, and trails.
Loring Park: This Minneapolis park has a fully fenced, off-leash dog park. 

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minneapolis restaurants & breweries

The culinary scene offers everything from award-winning chefs to classic supper clubs. Spoon and Stable and 112 Eatery both feature James Beard Award winners as owners. Several food halls offer an eclectic mix of options in one spot. Minneapolis is also known for a wide range of international cuisine to satisfy any craving.

environmental standards

Minneapolis, MN upholds rigorous environmental standards with its emphasis on renewable energy integration, extensive biking and walking infrastructure, robust recycling programs, and urban planning that prioritizes green spaces, collectively contributing to its reputation as a city dedicated to fostering sustainability and reducing its carbon footprint.

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minneapolis moving & storage

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