Best Cities 2010: Minneapolis, MN

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Best Cities 2010: Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis is nicknamed “City of Lakes” for the 22 lakes that exist within the city limits.

City: Minneapolis

State: Minnesota

Best Cities Overall Rank: 18

About Minneapolis: Minneapolis is nicknamed “City of Lakes” for the 22 lakes that exist within the city limits.

Its famous skyway connects 52 blocks of downtown.

Minnesota inventions include PostIt Notes, Scotch tape, SPAM lunchmeat, and Bisquick.

It is the birthplace of Peanuts creator, Charles Schultz.

Minneapolis has three quality children’s hospitals, which earns it the place of 8 on our health rank.

County: Hennepin

Population: 382,605

Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitor’s bureau website 

Newspaper with the largest circulation: Star Tribune

Minneapolis blogs:

Star Tribune: Cribsheet

Bringing Up Baby

Baby Goodbuys

Minneapolis‘s Facebook page: Follow Minneapolis on Facebook

Minneapolis‘s Twitter page: Follow Minneapolis on Twitter


Education rank: 19

High School graduation rate 2008: 76.4%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 0

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 27

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 7.057

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 270

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 16

Total Expenditures Per Student: $16,052


Health rank: 8

Quality children’s hospitals: 3

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.78

Quality Pediatricians: 1

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0.26

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0


Safety rank: 40

Violent Crimes, 2008: 4,779

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 1,249.07

Sex Offenders: 83

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 21.69


Economy rank: 58

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 21.89      

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 7.7      

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 1,085.59

Median Home Sale Price: $177,500                   

5-Year Home Value Index: -4.74%                       

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 26.30%      


Recreation Rank:  42

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 5,864         

Parkland per 100,000: 1,532.65