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Living in Minneapolis

Minneapolis is surrounded by many lakes and the banks of the Mississippi river. The city’s Nice Ride bike program offers more than 100 kiosks dedicated to bicycle sharing and the Chain of Lakes is connected by 34 miles of dedicated bike lanes, providing ample biking, running and walking paths.

Minneapolis METRO runs a network of buses, light rail, and commuter rail. Minneapolis is known as a highly livable city, with great access to nature and a thriving arts scene. It also has a reputation as a smart city for its university and private research centers, its medical trials, energy conservation, and highly educated population. Minneapolis' largest employers include The University of Minnesota, Target, and Wells Fargo.

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70 Walk Score of Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis is Very Walkable

Most errands can be accomplished on foot.

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Grand Cafe

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Minnehaha Creek Park

Minneapolis is the 11th most walkable large city in the US with 382,578 residents.

Minneapolis has good public transportation and is very bikeable.

Find apartments in Minneapolis's most walkable neighborhoods: Lyn Lake, Downtown West and Lowry Hill East.

Minneapolis Apartments for Rent

Minneapolis Neighborhoods




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1 Lyn Lake 96 64 97 1,466
2 Downtown West 93 94 89 5,370
3 Lowry Hill East 93 63 94 4,918
4 Uptown 93 60 94 2,310
5 Whittier 91 64 94 13,428
6 Downtown East 90 93 93 1,256
7 Loring Park 90 85 87 7,714
8 Stevens Square 89 77 88 3,958
9 East Isles 89 59 89 2,115
10 Nicollet Island 89 79 86 1,306
11 Warehouse District 88 89 93 2,948
12 CARAG 86 60 93 5,162
13 Ventura Village 85 72 95 6,559
14 Elliot Park 84 88 95 6,651
15 Lyndale 84 58 91 7,272
16 Phillips 83 62 95 13,803
17 Marcy - Holmes 83 71 95 6,257
18 Cedar-Riverside 83 79 91 7,971
19 North Loop 83 87 91 1,783
20 Logan Park 82 51 93 2,185
21 Sheridan 81 48 94 2,877
22 Central 81 57 93 8,301
23 Powderhorn Park 80 55 91 8,638
24 Dinkytown 80 69 97 4,364
25 East Calhoun 79 57 90 1,864
26 Holland 78 49 92 4,493
27 St. Anthony East 78 59 98 2,036
28 Seward 78 60 98 7,344
29 Kingfield 78 54 89 7,475
30 St. Anthony West 76 60 96 2,235
31 Windom Park 75 47 92 5,697
32 Longfellow 75 55 92 4,901
33 Lowry Hill 75 59 83 3,733
34 University 74 73 82 4,938
35 Prospect Park 73 67 88 7,458
36 Bottineau 73 43 96 1,649
37 Bancroft 72 50 92 3,372
38 East Harriet 72 53 91 3,595
39 Bryant 72 54 93 2,833
40 Corcoran 71 58 93 3,930
41 Fulton 71 45 65 5,867
42 Audubon Park 70 46 82 4,960
43 Northeast Park 70 50 92 679
44 West Calhoun 70 40 81 1,739
45 Jordan 69 53 77 7,352
46 Summer - Glenwood 69 70 90 1,498
47 Standish 69 53 90 6,523
48 Tangletown 69 54 77 3,846
49 Northrup 68 47 86 4,362
50 Hawthorne 68 49 80 4,585
51 Howe 67 52 89 6,616
52 Ericsson 66 59 85 3,202
53 Como 66 53 90 6,257
54 Beltrami 65 56 90 1,244
55 Hale 65 45 81 3,125
56 Harrison 64 46 90 3,211
57 Linden Hills 64 41 70 7,566
58 Windom 64 50 70 4,963
59 Cedar Isles - Dean 63 41 86 2,883
60 Cooper 63 45 85 3,495
61 Near North 63 56 76 5,943
62 Field 62 57 89 2,365
63 Keewaydin 62 48 70 2,870
64 Lynnhurst 62 45 76 5,486
65 Page 61 53 80 1,727
66 Webber - Camden 61 53 72 5,077
67 Folwell 58 50 60 5,334
68 Regina 57 56 90 2,292
69 Hiawatha 56 58 86 5,265
70 McKinley 55 49 62 3,135
71 Willard-Hay 53 52 70 8,599
72 Minnehaha 53 58 67 3,859
73 Cleveland 51 45 65 3,021
74 Armatage 49 43 57 4,887
75 Diamond Lake 47 49 69 5,471
76 Kenny 45 39 61 3,524
77 Bryn Mawr 44 35 74 2,670
78 Columbia Park 44 40 66 1,576
79 Water Park 43 43 63 5,254
80 Victory 42 49 61 4,565
81 Marshall Terrace 42 42 83 1,375
82 Lind - Bohanon 40 45 63 4,567
83 Kenwood 37 38 78 1,449
84 Morris Park 36 50 48 2,820
85 Wenonah 34 42 54 4,523
86 Shingle Creek 27 50 55 3,024

Average Home Features

According to HomeAdvisor Data, these characteristics make up the average home in Minneapolis

Average square footage 2100
Homeowners have 3.3 bedrooms
Homeowners have 2.2 bathrooms
Age of home 43 years
Average time living in home 13 years

Check out HomeAdvisor’s Minneapolis Home Happiness Survey.

Eating & Drinking

There are about 1,361 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Minneapolis.

People in Minneapolis can walk to an average of 4 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in 5 minutes.

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The Monte Carlo

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Peace Coffee

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57 Transit Score of Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis has Good Transit

Many nearby public transportation options. Find Minneapolis apartments for rent near public transit.

Public Transit Routes

Minneapolis has good public transportation and about 78 bus, 1 rail and 3 light rail lines.

Transit Time

The map above shows how far you can travel in 30 minutes from Minneapolis on public transit.

Neighborhood Guides

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Morrison Park

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Gold Medal Park

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Mill Ruins Park

Curt Norwood Real Estate Broker

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Edina Grill

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William's Uptown Pub & Peanut Bar

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Salut Bar Americain

84 Bike Score of Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis is Very Bikeable

Biking is convenient for most trips.


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What's It Like to Live in Minneapolis?

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Stewart Park

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Settergren's of Linden Hills

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Como Streetcar

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Shalom Garden, Community Garden


Minneapolis is known as a highly livable city, with great access to nature. The city sits on the banks of the Mississippi and the region is dotted with green spaces, lakes, and parks and 34 miles of bike lanes. In the winter, there’s nearby cross country skiing, pond hockey, and ice skating, in summer, there’s biking and boating and miles of great walking trails. The city is surrounded by the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, a connecting series of parks and lakes that show off the city’s natural beauty.

The “Twin Cities” of Minneapolis and St. Paul make up Minnesota’s largest metropolitan area. Target, Best Buy, and Land o’Lakes (it’s Minnesota, there’s dairy!) have their corporate headquarters in Minneapolis. Minneapolis is home to the Vikings football team, the Minnesota Twins baseball team, and the Minnesota Wild hockey franchise.

The city has thriving arts scene. The Walker Art Center houses a renowned contemporary arts collection. There’s also the Guthrie Theater, a science museum, and a lively gallery and nightlife scene. Minneapolis has a reputation as a smart city – it jostles with Seattle for the top slot on annual “most literate city” lists. It’s not just talk about brains, though – there are multiple universities, private research centers, medical trial and energy conservation programs, and its home to a highly educated population.

Minneapolis prides itself on diversity. It hosts one of the largest GLBT Pride celebrations in the United States. But it’s home to ethnic diversity too – there are large Somali, Hmong, Vietnamese, and Ethiopian populations here.

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Stone's Throw Urban Farm

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W Lake Harriet Pkwy

Getting Around

Minneapolis METRO runs a network of buses, light rail, and commuter rail. The Northstar commuter line runs from Big Lake into downtown Minneapolis and takes about an hour. The Blue Line runs south to the Mall of America and connects to the airport.

Extensive bus service includes a downtown free ride zone -- most places in the city are no more than a ten minute walk from the bus – and the buses are kitted out with bike racks so you can take your bike with you for a bike/bus commute.

When the weather is on your side, biking is a great way to get around Minneapolis. Bike Walk Twin Cities is working hard to encourage bikes (and feet) as transportation – they produce a map and lots of helpful resources for Twin Cities non-motorized transportation users. Nice Ride MN operates the bike share program and stocks the bike share stations around the city.

If you need a car from time to time, Zipcar, Turo, and HOURCAR Hub all operate car sharing services in Minneapolis. But on the whole, thanks to an extensive transit network and active support of activities like biking and walking, living car free in Minneapolis and the Twin Cities region is a very doable choice

thumbnail for Powderhorn ParkCheck out this gigantic park, covering 68 acres of land and 12 acres of water. Bring your family here for a fun day picnicking, hiking, or playing on any of their recreation courts. #park #tenniscourt Photo: Mulad

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on Powderhorn Park


If you choose to live and work in downtown Minneapolis, you can avoid the bitter cold of the Minnesota winters or high heat of muggy summers by walking between buildings using the Minneapolis Skyway. Come the milder weather, you’ll want to go outside to take advantage of the extensive biking and walking paths that crisscross the city. Downtown West ranks very high for walkability. Most of the apartments or condos are in high rise buildings. There are some very cool new buildings that have from studio to three bedroom units for rent, and there are some smaller units in renovated brick buildings. You may also find some super chic downtown loft spaces with big windows and great views of the river.

The North Loop used to be the warehouse district, but that’s been changed by gentrification. There are lots of stylish new condos and loft style apartments here with gourmet style kitchen kitted out with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. Some of those old warehouses have been converted into open floor plan apartments with big windows. There’s super hip shopping here, it’s a good place for foodies, and it’s home to Target Field where the Minnesota Twins play their home games.

Lowry Hill East – locals call it “The Wedge” is south and a little bit west of downtown, and it’s also a very pedestrian friendly neighborhood. There are some smaller, classic style apartment blocks here where you can find one and two bedroom apartments with leaded glass windows and hardwood floors. The Wedge is a great place for cyclists to live because it’s transited by two major bikeways, the Midtown Greenway and the Bryant Avenue Bikeway.

The University District is bordered by Marcy Holmes and Prospect Park. Marcy Holmes is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Minneapolis and it’s got the character to prove it. It’s been voted a top neighborhood to live in and to visit, and a few years back it was ranked as one of the nation’s top eco-friendly places to live. The Guthrie Theater is here, and cyclists access the neighborhood via the 5th Street SE bike path. Housing is mixed – there’s affordable student housing and some new construction apartments; there are also a few single family homes but it’s a competitive rental market since it’s so close to the university.

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The Aster Cafe

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Sheraton Hotels

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Milwaukee Ave

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Midtown Farmers Market

Prospect Park, to the south of the University also has student apartments and single family homes. Prospect Park is embracing the urban village concept, developing a community that makes walkability and access to things like shopping, transit, and street life a priority. There are some large apartment blocks that have from studio to two bedroom apartments, some of them have gyms, common areas, indoor bike storage, and underground parking. There are also some nice single family homes here, places with detached garages, big gardens, and still with easy access to transit.

A few Minneapolis suburbs ranked as CNN Money’s Best Small Towns – Chanhassen for it’s great outdoors activities, Apple Valley for affordability, and Savage for its walkable downtown area. Eden Prairie has also received recognition as a great place to live outside Minneapolis.

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on American Swedish Institute

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