Minneapolis, Minnesota

Cosmopolitan & Provincial

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The Area

Nicknamed “Twin Cities,” Minneapolis and St. Paul are close enough to connect by an easy to navigate rail system. Both cities are in the central northeast part of the state, close to Wisconsin. Minneapolis lies along the Mississippi and the Minnesota River, highlighting the importance of water to both the city and the state of Minnesota. As “The Land of 10,000 Lakes,” Minneapolis doesn’t disappoint with 13 lakes, wetlands, rivers, creeks and waterfalls, and more all within city limits. Minneapolis and St. Paul sit tucked away from other major midwest cities. The closest major metropolitan area is Chicago, a 6-hour drive southeast.

North Loop

Young Professionals

Minneapolis locals can be a bit cold, so if you’re a young professional moving to the area, we hope you have an office where you can get to know some people your age or close to it. Getting settled and feeling welcome are important to a lot of people, which is why it’s crucial for young professionals to live in a neighborhood with a lot to do and a (relatively) friendly feel. We suggest checking out North Loop, a popular alternative to the recently underwhelming Uptown. It’s a decently walkable neighborhood with a ton of condos, coffee shops, cocktail bars, breweries, and restaurants. It’s full of young professionals so there’s a chance you’ll find it easier than most to make friends living here. Bonus points for being close to the river and the rail system.

  • North Loop
  • Uptown
  • Loring Park



Northeast is one of the newer LGBTQ neighborhoods and is home to a growing collection of LGBTQ+ owned and supportive art galleries, cafes, boutiques, microbreweries and overall community.

If you're looking for a quieter choice consider Loring Park. Primarily residential the area is known for its beautiful green spaces, lake and extensive hiking and biking trails. It also has cool cafes, restaurants, and boutique shops.

  • Northeast Minneapolis
  • Loring Park
  • Powderhorn Park

Loring Park

Young Families

Although taxes in Minneapolis can seem high, the overall cost of living can seem downright cheap if you are moving from a large city like Chicago or NYC. We suggest starting your search in Northeast. If you are ready to start a family but can’t quite picture yourself in the suburbs, this is your spot. It’s a popular spot thanks to the breweries, yoga studios, and adorable houses. You’ll have a super short commute if you work downtown, since it’s nestled right near the northeast corner of Minneapolis’ downtown.

  • Northeast
  • Loring Park
  • Linden Hills

Linden Hills

Established Families

Linden Hills is a hit amongst families in Minneapolis. Located southwest of downtown, this neighborhood also borders two of the city's lakes: Bde Maka Ska and Lake Harriet, as well as Lake Harriet Bandshell Park and Lyndale Park Rose Garden. This neighborhood has access to some great schools as well as bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks for weekends out with family or friends.

  • Linden Hills
  • Fulton
  • Nokomis



If you recently retired and find yourself itching for a new place to live where you can really enjoy yourself, look no further. In Minneapolis you get two cities in one with St. Paul a quick train ride away. If you want to be close to the action, look no further than Loring Park. There are homes to rent or buy, it’s downtown adjacent, and it’s the spot to be for the huge spring/summer/fall festivals and events in the park.

  • Loring Park
  • Uptown
  • North Loop