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THIRD BEST CITY TO RAISE BABIES

Minneapolis has been rated the third best city to raise a baby, according to The Street. LINK

When you consider our affordable homes, access to seven city hospitals (including two children’s hospitals), high number of licensed home daycare centers and low infant mortality rate, well, wouldn’t you feel good becoming a mother here?

Minneapolis: Welcome, breeders.

STATE OF THE FUTURE

Minnesota is considered a major state of the future according to a recent Gallup analysis. LINK

If you stare into this crystal ball you will see that states like Minnesota, Utah and Colorado are poised to become great, liveable states IN THE FUTURE! Far far more liveable than anywhere in the South.

No, seriously. Look at that report!

Utah trumps MN, but everyone in this top 10 list of states poised to become the best states of the future were ranked favorably on their optimism, clean water, low rate of smoking, economic confidence, job creation, you name it. Big Ten Gots It.

Minnesota: In the future, we will all know someone with a lake house.

BEST AVERAGE CREDIT SCORE

Minneapolis has the best average credit score rating, according to a State of Credit analysis conducted by Experian. LINK

When Minneapolitans say they’ll pay you back, get you next time, or gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today, they mean it.

A recent analysis of credit scores conducted by Experian in their third annual State of Credit report puts Minneapolis at the top of this list, just above our Midwest neighbors in Madison, Wausau, Sioux Falls and Cedar Rapids.

Minneapolis: Chaaaaaaaaaaarge it!

LEAST MISERABLE

Minnesota is the least miserable state, according to research conducted by the news and data service Bloomberg. LINK

By assessing an array of data that goes beyond the usual “misery index” — which assesses simply unemployment and inflation data — this new report includes other factors such as air pollution, access to health care, and income inequality (among others). By this measure, Minnesota comes out as the least miserable state in the union.

View a video detailing the results here: LINK

Minnesota: I know I’m never depressed.

7TH MOST FRUGAL

Minneapolis is the 7th most frugal city in the nation according to coupons.com. LINK

He walks briskly through automatic doors and into the bellows of his favorite shopping center. A planned walk down six aisles takes him to the items on his list.

He’ll have that one and that one and that one…

"Here you go, cashier. Check me out!" He winks and hands her a bulging wad of printed coupons.

She is, of course, impressed.

Minneapolis: So many deals, so many coupons. I feel like I’m stealing! ATTENTION EVERYONE, ON YOUR KNEES, THIS IS A CLIP-UP!

13TH MOST LESBIANISH

Jezebel ranks Minneapolis as its 13th Most Lesbianish City in a recent review of national lesbian hot-spots. LINK

We’ve got a lot to be proud of in the Minnesota Lynx women’s basketball team — they won the championship last year. Evidently their games are also a great place for chicks to pick up chicks.

But that’s not all! We also have piercings and bikes and stuff. And some liberal arts colleges. And, more to the point, lesbians!!!!!!!!!!!

Minneapolis: Let me be straight with you. This is a great place for lesbians.

4TH BEST PLACE TO STAY YOUNG

Minneapolis is the 4th best place to stay young according to the site Real Age. LINK

Stress, smoking, diet and exercise all contribute to our youth! And vigor!

We eat a lot of whole grains too! Which contributes to good blood pressure!

Ha ha ha! Mill City! That’s us! Not a care in the world! Just walking along briskly, stuffin’ our maws with Cheerios! Like babies!

Minneapolis: The fountain of youth lies hidden in the bellows of General Mills’ corporate headquarters. (But you didn’t hear it from me!)

11TH BEST CITY TO GET PAID

Minneapolis is the 11th best-paying city for women in America according to ForbesWoman. LINK

Women in Minneapolis make $52,243 annually, on average, or roughly 73% of what men make in our same city.

Our industries favor skilled labor, which helps, and one can assume there are other factors pushing up our value (education, experience, family commitments, percentage of women in the workforce) but the article isn’t getting specific since its findings come straight from average earnings recorded in the most recent census and that’s all.

Minneapolis: We’re rich as queens.

6TH HEALTHIEST STATE

According to the 2011 health rankings assessed by the United Health Foundation, Minnesota is the 6th healthiest state in the nation. LINK

I’m confused somewhat by the rubric of measurement for this study. Old favorites like smoking and diabetes play into our ranking but so do child poverty, violent crime and graduation rates.

Perpetrators of violent crime, in the movies, are often smokers. So maybe I see that correlation. And drop outs might be getting all diabetic on the free fast food from their jobs…so…there again. Maybe that makes sense? I’m really reaching here.

Minnesota: Demure, affluent and smart enough to care about our health.

MOST INSECURE

According to a survey conducted by LivingSocial, Minnesotans are among the most insecure people in the nation. LINK

While other cities may think they’re hot stuff (8+ on the scale of good-lookingness MMHMM SURE YAH RIGHT) and more, Minnesotans know they’re probably just about average. Could be worse, could be better. No right to brag though, certainly.

Twin Cities: If it’s even possible we’re good, we’d never admit to it. Ever.

15TH MOST ROMANTIC

According to Alice.com, the Twin Cities are the 15th most romantic metro in the nation. LINK

Online, we spend a fair amount of time searching for and purchasing items that might aid our sexual health: lubes, feathers, pregnancy tests. Responsible stuff like that.

The real lesson here is that respect yields romance. And the more you spend on sex aids the more romantic you must be, right? Maybe.

I’m pretty romantic, just cheap. Here are some sweet ideas, from me to you, of things you can make or do for your boyfriend this Valentine’s Day or whatever: crochet a thong for him, knit a portrait of his face, adapt a fairy tale of how you met into PowerPoint, write a song with nice lyrics instead of angry ones where you complain about how he just doesn’t “get you,” put out.

Minneapolis and St. Paul: We have a healthy interest in sex.

ABOUT OUR MAYOR

GOOD recently published an excellent article about the state of Minneapolis and its direction under Mayor R.T. Rybak. LINK

I really enjoyed reading this article about the history, priorities and work of Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak. Highly recommended.

Minneapolis: “It is not a utopia, not by any stretch. It’s just a city that works.”

15TH COLDEST

Minneapolis is the 15th coldest city in the U.S. according to The Daily Beast. LINK

Not so cold as North Dakota, slightly warmer than Iowa, Minnesota has three pretty cold cities and one of them is Minneapolis. Could be worse! Could be Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Which is where I’m from. Which ranks #8. And kind of sucks besides. OH SNAP.

Minneapolis: We spend a third of our year trapped in snow.

THANKFUL FOR MINNEAPOLIS

BoingBoing blogger and Minneapolitan Maggie Koerth-Baker said thanks this year for Minneapolis. LINK

We all like living here. Just enjoy the Kumbaya moment.

"Minneapolis: We Build Good Stuff and Take Care of Things."

WORST PERIOD FOR MN SPORTS

The Fast Horse Blog shows us that we are currently suffering through the worst period in Minnesota sports ever. LINK

We really are not winning many games. Look at that chart! We’re in the dip. Like losers. Biting down hard on the Juicy Lucy of game play (the burger I guess) and spewing forth a terrible stream of hot losses (you know, the cheese).

Minnesota: There’s never been a worse time than now to watch ESPN.

THIRD BEST CITY TO RAISE BABIES

Minneapolis has been rated the third best city to raise a baby, according to The Street. LINK

When you consider our affordable homes, access to seven city hospitals (including two children’s hospitals), high number of licensed home daycare centers and low infant mortality rate, well, wouldn’t you feel good becoming a mother here?

Minneapolis: Welcome, breeders.

STATE OF THE FUTURE

Minnesota is considered a major state of the future according to a recent Gallup analysis. LINK

If you stare into this crystal ball you will see that states like Minnesota, Utah and Colorado are poised to become great, liveable states IN THE FUTURE! Far far more liveable than anywhere in the South.

No, seriously. Look at that report!

Utah trumps MN, but everyone in this top 10 list of states poised to become the best states of the future were ranked favorably on their optimism, clean water, low rate of smoking, economic confidence, job creation, you name it. Big Ten Gots It.

Minnesota: In the future, we will all know someone with a lake house.

BEST AVERAGE CREDIT SCORE

Minneapolis has the best average credit score rating, according to a State of Credit analysis conducted by Experian. LINK

When Minneapolitans say they’ll pay you back, get you next time, or gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today, they mean it.

A recent analysis of credit scores conducted by Experian in their third annual State of Credit report puts Minneapolis at the top of this list, just above our Midwest neighbors in Madison, Wausau, Sioux Falls and Cedar Rapids.

Minneapolis: Chaaaaaaaaaaarge it!

LEAST MISERABLE

Minnesota is the least miserable state, according to research conducted by the news and data service Bloomberg. LINK

By assessing an array of data that goes beyond the usual “misery index” — which assesses simply unemployment and inflation data — this new report includes other factors such as air pollution, access to health care, and income inequality (among others). By this measure, Minnesota comes out as the least miserable state in the union.

View a video detailing the results here: LINK

Minnesota: I know I’m never depressed.

7TH MOST FRUGAL

Minneapolis is the 7th most frugal city in the nation according to coupons.com. LINK

He walks briskly through automatic doors and into the bellows of his favorite shopping center. A planned walk down six aisles takes him to the items on his list.

He’ll have that one and that one and that one…

"Here you go, cashier. Check me out!" He winks and hands her a bulging wad of printed coupons.

She is, of course, impressed.

Minneapolis: So many deals, so many coupons. I feel like I’m stealing! ATTENTION EVERYONE, ON YOUR KNEES, THIS IS A CLIP-UP!

13TH MOST LESBIANISH

Jezebel ranks Minneapolis as its 13th Most Lesbianish City in a recent review of national lesbian hot-spots. LINK

We’ve got a lot to be proud of in the Minnesota Lynx women’s basketball team — they won the championship last year. Evidently their games are also a great place for chicks to pick up chicks.

But that’s not all! We also have piercings and bikes and stuff. And some liberal arts colleges. And, more to the point, lesbians!!!!!!!!!!!

Minneapolis: Let me be straight with you. This is a great place for lesbians.

4TH BEST PLACE TO STAY YOUNG

Minneapolis is the 4th best place to stay young according to the site Real Age. LINK

Stress, smoking, diet and exercise all contribute to our youth! And vigor!

We eat a lot of whole grains too! Which contributes to good blood pressure!

Ha ha ha! Mill City! That’s us! Not a care in the world! Just walking along briskly, stuffin’ our maws with Cheerios! Like babies!

Minneapolis: The fountain of youth lies hidden in the bellows of General Mills’ corporate headquarters. (But you didn’t hear it from me!)

11TH BEST CITY TO GET PAID

Minneapolis is the 11th best-paying city for women in America according to ForbesWoman. LINK

Women in Minneapolis make $52,243 annually, on average, or roughly 73% of what men make in our same city.

Our industries favor skilled labor, which helps, and one can assume there are other factors pushing up our value (education, experience, family commitments, percentage of women in the workforce) but the article isn’t getting specific since its findings come straight from average earnings recorded in the most recent census and that’s all.

Minneapolis: We’re rich as queens.

6TH HEALTHIEST STATE

According to the 2011 health rankings assessed by the United Health Foundation, Minnesota is the 6th healthiest state in the nation. LINK

I’m confused somewhat by the rubric of measurement for this study. Old favorites like smoking and diabetes play into our ranking but so do child poverty, violent crime and graduation rates.

Perpetrators of violent crime, in the movies, are often smokers. So maybe I see that correlation. And drop outs might be getting all diabetic on the free fast food from their jobs…so…there again. Maybe that makes sense? I’m really reaching here.

Minnesota: Demure, affluent and smart enough to care about our health.

MOST INSECURE

According to a survey conducted by LivingSocial, Minnesotans are among the most insecure people in the nation. LINK

While other cities may think they’re hot stuff (8+ on the scale of good-lookingness MMHMM SURE YAH RIGHT) and more, Minnesotans know they’re probably just about average. Could be worse, could be better. No right to brag though, certainly.

Twin Cities: If it’s even possible we’re good, we’d never admit to it. Ever.

15TH MOST ROMANTIC

According to Alice.com, the Twin Cities are the 15th most romantic metro in the nation. LINK

Online, we spend a fair amount of time searching for and purchasing items that might aid our sexual health: lubes, feathers, pregnancy tests. Responsible stuff like that.

The real lesson here is that respect yields romance. And the more you spend on sex aids the more romantic you must be, right? Maybe.

I’m pretty romantic, just cheap. Here are some sweet ideas, from me to you, of things you can make or do for your boyfriend this Valentine’s Day or whatever: crochet a thong for him, knit a portrait of his face, adapt a fairy tale of how you met into PowerPoint, write a song with nice lyrics instead of angry ones where you complain about how he just doesn’t “get you,” put out.

Minneapolis and St. Paul: We have a healthy interest in sex.

ABOUT OUR MAYOR

GOOD recently published an excellent article about the state of Minneapolis and its direction under Mayor R.T. Rybak. LINK

I really enjoyed reading this article about the history, priorities and work of Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak. Highly recommended.

Minneapolis: “It is not a utopia, not by any stretch. It’s just a city that works.”

15TH COLDEST

Minneapolis is the 15th coldest city in the U.S. according to The Daily Beast. LINK

Not so cold as North Dakota, slightly warmer than Iowa, Minnesota has three pretty cold cities and one of them is Minneapolis. Could be worse! Could be Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Which is where I’m from. Which ranks #8. And kind of sucks besides. OH SNAP.

Minneapolis: We spend a third of our year trapped in snow.

THANKFUL FOR MINNEAPOLIS

BoingBoing blogger and Minneapolitan Maggie Koerth-Baker said thanks this year for Minneapolis. LINK

We all like living here. Just enjoy the Kumbaya moment.

"Minneapolis: We Build Good Stuff and Take Care of Things."

WORST PERIOD FOR MN SPORTS

The Fast Horse Blog shows us that we are currently suffering through the worst period in Minnesota sports ever. LINK

We really are not winning many games. Look at that chart! We’re in the dip. Like losers. Biting down hard on the Juicy Lucy of game play (the burger I guess) and spewing forth a terrible stream of hot losses (you know, the cheese).

Minnesota: There’s never been a worse time than now to watch ESPN.

THIRD BEST CITY TO RAISE BABIES
STATE OF THE FUTURE
BEST AVERAGE CREDIT SCORE
LEAST MISERABLE
7TH MOST FRUGAL
13TH MOST LESBIANISH
4TH BEST PLACE TO STAY YOUNG
11TH BEST CITY TO GET PAID
6TH HEALTHIEST STATE
MOST INSECURE
15TH MOST ROMANTIC
ABOUT OUR MAYOR
15TH COLDEST
THANKFUL FOR MINNEAPOLIS
WORST PERIOD FOR MN SPORTS

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