What is it like to live in Minneapolis, MN?
It's pretty awesome, actually. I was born here but moved to Europe before I was a year old. Moved back at age 7. Moved away. Moved back. Moved away. Moved back. Wash, rinse, repeat. Moved back in 2002, for likely the last time. I don't see myself leaving.
What's it like? The first thing everyone will tell you about is the weather. Summers are hot and humid, and in some places the mosquitoes are out of control. Fall is really nice until late October or early November. After that the bottom drops out, and you are in for a brutal winter. The cold can be really painful, even dangerous. The snow? Not so bad, really, compared to places like upstate New York and anywhere in the path of lake-effect precipitation. Spring comes late. Realistically, you'll switch to shorts in early May.
The people are a mixed bag -- you'll hear about Minnesota Nice. You'll also hear about Minnesota Passive-Aggressive. Both are true, to a point. People are people, though, and there's enough immigration from the outside world where it's all diluted into a really fun mix. We have large Hmong and Somali communities, and a history of taking in refugees, so the food and restaurant options in town are amazing. I'd put our best restaurants on the same level as any other city in the western hemisphere.
Politically, Minnesota has usually leaned Democrat, and the Twin Cities remain that way, mostly. Some of the outer-ring burbs have gone red, and the rural counties are a mixed bag. Generally speaking, we're pretty accepting here, regardless of origin, sexuality, skin color, whatever. Cultural diversity is great, as mentioned in the previous paragraph -- and there's vibrant arts and music scenes here (seriously, like 30,000 people showed up outside First Ave when Prince died). Oh, and the people here are wicked smart -- we're one of the best-educated and well-read metro areas in the country.