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MinnesotaNamed by the Dakota Indians as minne + sota or "clouds and water", Minnesota's reputation as "The Land of a 10,000 Lakes" is an apt description of the general topography of the state contrasted by acres of national forests.

Minnesota was once primarily known for its heavy Western European demographic made up of primarily Norwegian, German, Irish and Swedish immigrants and their descendants. Today, Minnesota's population is rapidly becoming multicultural with an influx of Hispanic, Asian and other groups adding to the diversity of the population, primarily centered around the Minneapolis / St. Paul metro area.

Diversity also best characterizes Minnesota's overall economy which is based on a variety of industries, highlighted by some three dozen major corporations headquartered here including 3M, General Mills, Target, U.S. Bancorp and UnitedHealth Group.

Minnesota quality-of-life statistics

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Moving to Minnesota
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Find a job: Jobs in the Twin Cities

Start a business: Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota

Get a driver's license: Getting Your Minnesota License

Demographics : (Minnesota Census Data)
Major cities: St. Paul (capital), Minneapolis, Rochester, Duluth, Bloomington
Population : 5,167,101
White : 89.6%
Black, African American : 4.3%
Hispanic : 3.6%
High school graduates : 87.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher : 27.4%
Average household income: $51,202

Crime : see Crime in Minnesota

Cost of Living: Sperling's Best Places - Minnesota - Compared to the rest of the country, Minnesota's cost of living is 3.90% lower than the U.S. average.

Housing & Real Estate Overview : also see Zillow - Minnesota Real Estate
Home ownership rate : 74.6%
Average home price : $234,367
Average travel time to work : 21.1 minutes

Personal Income Taxes: Minnesota imposes state income tax in three brackets - 5.35%, 7.05% and 7.85% - depending on income and filing status. Residents are required to file state income taxes using Form M1 each year by April 15.

Schools : see Minnesota Department of Education - School Digger - The Best Schools in Minnesota

Weather : Famous for its cold winters and heavy snowfalls, Minnesota is nonetheless warm in the summer and may even experience prolonged heat waves. Temperatures in the Lake Superior area are a bit milder in both summer and winter.

also see -> Minnesota Taxes | Minnesota Eviction Laws | MN Shopping Outlets

More about relocating to Minnesota around the Web:


Minnesota Relocation Information - The state's official chamber of commerce site links to recommended apartment & real estate brokers, employment agencies, with facts & information on transportation services, utilities, and popular tourist attractions throughout the state.

Neighborhood Guide to Minneapolis/St. Paul - Check out helpful information for newcomers on city services, apartment renting & real estate, schools, bus service & transportation.

Relocating to Duluth - A guide from the University of Minnesota offering links and information on housing & real estate, area public schools, local moving companies, city services.

Minnesota real estate, apartments & job classifieds:

Minneapolis : Star Tribune
St. Paul : Pioneer Press
Duluth : News Tribune
Bloomington : Sun

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