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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 60 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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Walk Score of Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis is Somewhat Walkable

Some errands can be accomplished on foot.

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Mill City Farmers' Market

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Powderhorn Park

Minneapolis is the 12th 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, Uptown and Lowry Hill East.

Minneapolis Apartments for Rent

Minneapolis Neighborhoods

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

Eating & Drinking

There are about 1,509 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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Grand Cafe

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The Monte Carlo

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thumbnail for Mill City Farmers' MarketExperience the charming characteristics of the Mill City community within this farmers market. Hosting the freshest local produce, live music, and many other goods, this place has something for everyone. Saturdays, 8am-1pm. #farmersmarket Photo: Mill City Farmers Market

Walk Score Team
on Mill City Farmers' Market

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 151 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.

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Minneapolis has about 18 car shares from RelayRides and Zipcar.

Neighborhood Guides

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Morrison Park

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Gold Metal Park

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Mill Ruins Park

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People are my passion! In our current real estate climate experience matters. I have 20 years as a seasoned broker working with clients, buying selling homes, managing transactions, negotiating terms, and closing deals.

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William's Uptown Pub & Peanut Bar

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Salut Bar Americain

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France 44 Cheese Shop

Bike Score of Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis is Very Bikeable

Biking is convenient for most trips.

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Bike sharing is available from Nice Ride Minnesota.

What's It Like to Live in Minneapolis?

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American Swedish Institute

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Minnehaha Creek Park

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Stewart Park

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Settergren's of Linden Hills

Overview

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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Sheraton Minneapolis Midtown Hotel

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Como Streetcar

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, RelayRides, 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

Walk Score Team
on Powderhorn Park

Neighborhoods

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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Shalom Garden, Community Garden

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Stone's Throw Urban Farm

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W Lake Harriet Pkwy

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The Aster Cafe

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.

thumbnail for American Swedish Institute#phillipswest The American Swedish Institute is located at the site of this mansion. The mansion features amazing architecture and each of the rooms are have stunning details. Be sure to visit the Fika restaurant and the museum gift shop when you visit.

Carrie Monroe
on American Swedish Institute

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Midtown Farmers Market

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The Soap Factory

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