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Apartment Living in Minnesota
Called the "North Star State" as well as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes," Minnesota is home to the largest lake in the world, Lake Superior. This superior lake is the source to the Mississippi River and countless other bodies of water. With all this water you'll be sure to find outlets for every water sport imaginable. Interestingly, Minnesota is said to be the nation's leader in issuing fishing licenses per capita. Rich in natural resources, Minnesota also generates more than 3/4 of the nation's iron ore.
With a combined population of over 600,000, the twin-cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul house 15 percent of Minnesota's home and apartment residents. Over half of the entire state's residents live in the Twin Cities metropolitan area while the rest live in the peaceful surroundings of the state's natural beauty called Greater Minnesota. During the winter you'll have to spend a little extra time in your apartment because the winters are long and cold and the summers are long and hot. Good thing that the state has so many lakes!
36 of the nation's top 1,000 traded companies are headquartered in Minnesota including, Target, 3M, UnitedHealth Group, General Mills, Best Buy and U.S Bancorp to name a few. Minnesota also has a reputation of having one of the top ten strongest education systems in the state. The University of Minnesota is one of many colleges and universities and is home to the world-renowned medical center, The Mayo Clinic. With the fifth highest median household income in the nation, Minnesota's cost of living is below the national average making apartments fairly reasonable to find and afford.
Minneapolis is the largest city in the state and lies leisurely on both banks of the Mississippi River. It adjoins with its twin-city, the state capital of St. Paul. Like St. Paul, Minneapolis is famous for being a walkable city. The city is also famous for the Mall of America. The University of Minnesota dominates the Minneapolis college scene and as with every college-town, there are always plenty of apartments in the area. Even though the overall cost of living is 12 percent below the national average, apartments in this prime area don't reflect lower prices. Apartments rent in the range of $800 and up.
St. Paul Apartments
St. Paul sits at a cost of living that is only 9 percent lower than the national average. Ironically though, the costs of apartments are not more, but a little less expensive than those in Minneapolis. Apartments can start at $150 less than those found in its twin-city. When you're looking for an apartment in St. Paul, you will certainly be taken with the many enclosed walkways that virtually connect all of the downtown area. Located along the Mississippi, St. Paul has a culture that is rich in heritage and is sometimes described as the somewhat "bookish brother" to Minneapolis. The neighborhoods don't have as many bars, nightclubs or theaters, making it a quieter community for the more subdued apartment seeker.