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Minnesota is a thriving economy and one of the first major metropolitans in the country to begin recovery from the recession. Part of that is the abundance of jobs, and the presence of major corporations that are headquartered here including Target, General Mills, 3M, UnitedHealth Group, Medtronic, US Bancorp, Ameriprise, Hormel, Land O’Lakes, SuperValu, Best Buy, Valspar, Gold’n Plump and until recently Northwest Airlines which has now been absorbed by Delta and they still maintain a “hub” in the Twin Cities Metro. Our abundant farmland also makes Minnesota home to a variety of food products that ship elsewhere, such as farm raised chickens and turkeys, corn, peas and sugar beets.

Actual Minnesota homes range in equal variety from farmhouses built in the mid 1800’s to modern marvels of recent construction technology. Dilapidated neglected homes under $10,000 to Minnesota’s most expensive piece of residential real estate, the Pillsbury Mansion originally listed at a cool $53,500,000, now reduced to a mere $24,000,000. Over the years too, styles changed from the original one-level living popular with early construction, the inevitable 2-story then followed, building upward on the original version, then in the 1950’s and 60’s the split level homes gained significantly in popularity, as well as town homes. At this same time the construction of condominiums shot up drastically as well. Some of these condos were built as apartment buildings and later converted into individually owned condos.

The major cities, Minneapolis and St. Paul have some of the oldest homes in the Twin Cities metro area, as St. Paul is the capital and a bit older, and across the river Minneapolis also has a thriving metropolis with skyscrapers full of big business. Other cities that contain more than 50,000 residents are Bloomington, Blain, Brooklyn Park, Eagan, Plymouth, Maple Grove, Woodbury, Coon Rapids, Eden Prairie, Burnsville, Apple Valley, Lakeville, Saint Cloud, Rochester and Duluth. With over five million residents statewide, Minnesota ranks as 21st most populous state in the nation.

Quality of life is also considered to be quite high in the Twin Cities metro, with arts and sciences and history and performing arts. Minneapolis featured Orchestra Hall and adjacent Peavy Plaza where regular performances of great works can be heard by the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Our world renowned Guthrie Theater also calls Minneapolis its home, having moved recently (2006) from its previous location behind the Walker Art Center, to a new perch overlooking the Mississippi River. There are countless other theatres, museums, and galleries dappling Twin Cities metro area. St. Paul is home to the Minnesota Science Museum and planetarium, the Minnesota History Center, and the Xcel Energy Center as well, to name just a few. In fact the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro is second only to New York in number of theatres per capita.

Also speaking to quality of life, you will frequently find our suburbs in publications listed Under “Best Places to Live” or “Best School Districts” and other lists. Recently Chanhassen, Plymouth, and Woodbury have been among the celebrated cities.

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