Moving to Minnesota might not be as glamorous as some other states, but what it lacks in glamour it makes up for in charm. There is a reason that seemingly every person you meet from Minnesota seems to be so well natured. Despite the immense cyclical nature of our economic system, Minnesota was able to withstand all the devastation wrought by the financial crisis that was felt so greatly by the coastal states. Perhaps it’s the more fiscally conservative nature of the people. For instance, Minnesota’s debt per capita sits at $1,236 which is quite low when compared to California or Connecticut which come in at $3,060 and $5,402! There are many reasons why people chose to move and two of the more significant motives include finding a quality place to raise a family and locking down a sustainable and prosperous career. Below are 5 such reasons why Minnesota is a great place for those looking to start a new life.
While other the economies of other states have toiled and trembled amidst the great recession, Minnesota has been able to “weather” the storm. Unemployment now stands at a robust 4.8%. This can be attributed to the large amounts of job creators in the state. At least 15 fortune 500 companies call the great state of Minnesota home including United States’ largest in Cargill Incorporated. Thus, a small state with less than 1.5% of the US population has 3% of the WORLDS largest companies. In addition, Minnesota has the 11th highest household income and the highest when taking into account states without a coastline including New Hampshire. The fact that many large corporations have their global headquarters in Minnesota represents the stability of the state
Despite all the political jockeying going on in D.C., Minnesota will continue to have top notch healthcare. For instance, last year Minnesota was ranked as the 3rd healthiest state and the state with highest number of residents who exercise regularly. Minnesota also has much lower levels of cardiovascular disease, infant mortality, and work related deaths. The World renowned Mayo Clinic also calls Minnesota home. In addition the University of Minnesota Medical School is one of the most advanced and progressive schools in the country.
3. Top Flight Education
Minnesota has the 6th best education infrastructure in the nation and the best, apart from the Northeast Corridor. Throughout the 2000’s high schools graduated 90% of their students. Those wishing to attend college also have a large variety of in state institutions to choose from. In all, there are 32 public universities and colleges as well as 20 private schools, 6 of which rank in the top 100 private colleges as reported by US News. Students educated in the Minnesota School System are continually more educated and better prepared for their professional careers especially more so than those educated in most other states.
4. Outdoor Enthusiasts
If camping, hiking, fishing, kayaking, hunting, or just plain enjoying the outdoor activities isn’t your cup of tea, you probably would not enjoy Minnesota as much as those that do. The land of 10,000 lakes lives up to its billing with Voyagers National Park, Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway, Pipestone National Monument, etc. There are numerous beautiful places which serve as quaint summer retreats. The water is clean, the air is fresh/crisp and the people are wonderful.
5. Quality of Life
If given the luxury of choosing where to live and if so moving to Minnesota people tend to assign a much higher weight to macro-economic indicators. I believe the most important factor should be quality of life. For many years Minnesota has been the state with the highest quality of life ranking, or at least in the top 3 which is incredible considering the competition in Hawaii and other perfect weather places. Perhaps it’s a combination of the above factors, but people just tend to be pleasant. If you are heavily considering moving to Minnesota and would like a realtor you can trust give Nate Berg a call or email.
There you have it, 5 reasons to move to Minnesota.