With its many lakes and rivers, alongside rich farmland and a diverse population, Minnesota is a remarkable state. Its regions offer plenty of outdoor activities and nearby getaway spots perfect for vacations or just a weekend escape.
Consisting of five regions and a geographical area of 86,939 square miles (225,181 square kilometers), Minnesota offers something for everyone. The Northwest region includes large lakes, state parks with miles of hiking trails, and the headwaters of the Mississippi. The Northeast region is flanked by one of the five Great Lakes (Lake Superior) and has many rivers and waterfalls. The central region features rolling hills, fishing lakes, golfing destinations, and plenty of beautiful weekend getaway spots within a short drive. The southern portion of the state is comprised of bike trails, scenic river valleys, bluffs, and rich farmland. The metro areas of the 186 cities and townships offer a wonderful mix of restaurants, museums, and sports venues. Landmarks include the Mall of America, Mayo Clinic, General Mills and Gillette Children’s Hospital.
Minnesota has a uniquely diverse economy. It is the largest United States producer of sweet corn, sugar beets, farm-raised turkeys, and green peas for processing. The state is also home to the headquarters of a number of major companies, including, Target, UnitedHealth Group, 3M, General Mills, SuperValu, and Best Buy. The relative outputs of the Minnesota business sectors have been compared as parallel to the United States overall economy.
5,344,861 people reside in Minnesota, with a 2006 estimate that 3.5 million of those residents live in areas within and around the Twin Cities. The Twin Cities are listed as one of the best places to live in the United States, and consist of Minnesota’s largest cities, Minneapolis and Saint Paul. A number of professional sports teams call the Twin Cities home including the Vikings, the Wild, the Timberwolves, and the Twins. They also have several college teams including the Minnesota Gophers. The major airport, Minneapolis Saint Paul International, makes travel in and out of the region easy. Nearby and highly sought after homes in the gated communities of North Oaks and Bearpath provide luxury living and privacy within an easy commute of the cities. Downtown Minneapolis features many luxury condominiums, and neighborhoods such as Ramsey Hill, Crocus Hill, and Summit Hill in Saint Paul are known for luxury historic homes.
Burnsville is a metropolitan suburb about 20 minutes south of downtown Minneapolis-Saint Paul. It offers a combination of retail, commerce and employment opportunities. The community provides a slower paced lifestyle only a short distance from the center of the urban city.
Living in Minnesota is a great experience and one you’ll love. With a diverse mix of culture, arts and scenic beauty it’s a wonderful place to raise a family and a state you’ll be proud to call home.