Minneapolis St Paul Minnesota
Minneapolis/St. Paul Minnesota Retirement Nicknamed "City of Lakes", Minneapoliss name was coined from the Dakota word for water, and polis, the Greek word for city. It is the county seat of Hennepin County and the largest city in the state. It adjoins Saint Paul, the state's capital, and together the Twin Cities comprise the 16th-largest metropolitan area in the U.S. Truly an area abundantly rich in water, there are over twenty lakes and wetlands, the Mississippi river, and numerous creeks and waterfalls. Population: There are approximately 3.3 million residents in the metropolitan area.
Climate: Typical of the Upper Midwest, winters are cold and dry, while summer is hot and humid. Minneapolis gets 34 inches of rain and 55 inches of snow per year.
Cost of living: The cost of living in Minneapolis is 12% greater than the national average.
Housing costs: Retirement housing is fairly affordable, 5% greater than the national average. The median home cost in Minneapolis is $184,700.
Colleges and Universities: Always a delight for learning in retirement, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Minnesota will provide many courses of interest. Retirees may even want to consider teaching a class themselves.
Transportation:The Minneapolis Bicycle Program has earned the award of best biking city in the country by Bicycling Magazine, as well as the #4 bicycling city in the nation by the US Census Bureau. Minneapolis also prides itself on a sustainable transit and transportation system that supports a vital and growing downtown. Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport is a hub for Delta Airlines, providing retirees with a gateway to the world.
Travel and tourism: Minneapolis can be considered the artiest town on the prairie, with a multitude of coffee shops, organic and ethnic eateries, swank art museums, and enough theaters to be nicknamed Mini-Apple (second only to New York City). Retirees who enjoy sports will root for the Minnesota Vikings and the Minnesota Twins.
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