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Living in Minneapolis, Minnesota:
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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Minneapolis, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 14 people living in Minneapolis what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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Minneapolis is one of the largest cities in Minnesota. It is widely regarded as a more innovative and artistic town compared to the state capital, St. Paul. Together with St. Paul, Minneapolis forms the region called the Twin Cities. The residents of St. Paul and Minneapolis often tell the outsiders they are from the Twin Cities rather than specifying the city.

If moving to Minneapolis, you need to consider whether or not you want to live downtown. While living downtown is great, there are some wonderful neighborhoods outside the cities that are closer to nature. If you have a car, living in the city would be even more expensive when you consider the cost of parking. However, there is always so much to do downtown and you will never be bored.

It is very cold in winter; summers are hot and humid; there are many parks and trails and people love outdoor activities; downtown is boring, not much to do. Young people love to gather in Uptown, where the bars and the night clubs are found. There is also the Guthrie Theater and you can find many art galleries.

Brittany, says: 2020

Currently, the most important thing to know about Minneapolis is the tense cultural climate. We have been the epicenter of civil unrest. If moving to Minneapolis be aware of the history of racial segregation. Over decades development in the city has pushed neighborhoods into stark economic contrast. Living on either side of a main street will mean the difference between higher taxes, crime rates, and access to education for families. The city is vibrant and thriving in many ways, but the lack of resources for disenfranchised communities is becoming a strain on all residents.

Minneapolis has 24 community gardens throughout the city that are cared for by community members. Minneapolis is culturally enriched with multicultural communities from all across the globe, including populations from Latin America, East Africa, Asia, Europe, along with the original settlers from Germany and Sweden. Minneapolis was home and continues to be home to many indigenous tribes. The city’s multicultural and multilingual communities have influenced its multicultural visual and performing arts, the food scene, music, fashion, theatre, entertainment, film, sports, and politics, both locally and nationally.

Miranda, says: 2020

Minneapolis can boast of the first Muslim woman and Somali-American to be elected to Congress, Ilhan Omar, U.S. Representative for Minnesota’s 5th congressional district since 2019. Minneapolis, has generations of U.S born citizens and immigrants from all across the world who have built their lives in the city and have experienced success in their home countries as teachers, social workers, lawyers, business owners, doctors, and countless other professions. In turn, they have brought all of their skills and expertise to open businesses invigorating urban and rural communities with their entrepreneurial spirit.

Minneapolis is a great city for biking. There are many paths and trails in the city. Some of the trails connect various lakes. The lakes also have paths around for biking and walking. The scenery along the bike trails varies from residential settings to being completely immersed in nature. Minneapolis is a very bike friendly city.

Hannah, says: 2020

The city of Minneapolis began integrating sustainability practices into City decision making in 2003. The city’s commitment to making Minneapolis pedestrian friendly means you have several accessible transportation modes when it comes to moving around the city; the METRO light-rail transit (LRT), the Metro Transit with 120 bus routes in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas; the Nice Ride bike share program; and more than 77 biking, walking, running, and dog walking trails covering 780 miles to explore.

Minneapolis is actually quite warm in summer. It is not a frozen tundra like it is sometimes supposed. It can get up in the 100-degree range at times. The variation in temperature in Minneapolis suits me quite well.

Nichola, says: 2020

A Minnesota Winter is not for the faint of heart. Last winter, Minneapolis, was one of several cities in the “Polar Vortex”, known for its dangerously, frigid temperatures. Although most Minnesotans have to grunt through the pain of winter, in summer, there are plenty of parks to hike, bike, walk, and enjoy the warmth. Another fun aspect of daily Minneapolis living, is the coffee shops. If you are a coffee or tea lover, there are so many new coffee shops popping up around the city.

Minneapolis is a wonderful city in which to raise children. The park system is extensive and the libraries have many programs for children. Additionally, there are many opportunities for enrichment such as art museums and science centers. Finally, the natural world offers swimming, canoeing, and kayaking in summer and skiing, sledding and snowshoeing in winter.

Nicole, says: 2020

The most important thing to be prepared for when moving to Minneapolis is winters. People often underestimate how cold it can get here, especially those who come from a warmer climate. I recommend purchasing a thick, heavy coat along with gloves, a warm hat, and snow boots upon your arrival.

Chandra, says: 2020

In Minneapolis, winter temperatures may reach below freezing. Due to this fact, it is of the utmost importance to own a reliable winter coat. One should invest in a coat that will last throughout the season. Additionally, it would be in one’s best interest to layer their clothing when leaving the house.

Danielle, says: 2020

Minneapolis is a medium sized city in Minnesota. The city offers a variety of entertainment options, has many parks and lakes, and is easily accessible. People from Minneapolis enjoy the outdoors, and take advantage of all the cities parks throughout the year. Although the winters are cold, you’ll find lots of outdoor recreation opportunities from hockey, to ice fishing, to snowmobiling.

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