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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: Downtown West, Lowry Hill East and East Bank/Nicollet Island.

Minneapolis Apartments for Rent

View all Minneapolis apartments on a map. The average rent is $1,345 and the average home price is $223,210.

Rental info for Lake Calhoun Flats in the Minneapolis area
from $1,119
1 bed
Walk Score 73
Rental info for LPM Apartments in the Minneapolis area
from $1,669
Walk Score 91
Rental info for Cedars 94 in the Minneapolis area
from $765
Walk Score 87
Rental info for VELO in the Minneapolis area
from $1,195
Walk Score 95
Rental info for The Churchill in the Minneapolis area
from $1,255
1 bed
Walk Score 91
Rental info for Calhoun Beach Club Apartments in the Minneapolis area
from $1,109
Walk Score 63
Rental info for Marquette Place in the Minneapolis area
from $1,570
1 bed
Walk Score 92
Rental info for 740 River Drive in the Minneapolis area
from $1,237
1 bed
Walk Score 47

To view Minneapolis homes for sale sorted by Walk Score, visit Trulia.com.

Minneapolis Neighborhoods




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1 Downtown West 94 96 89 5,700
2 Lowry Hill East 92 65 91 6,277
3 East Bank/Nicollet Island 90 77 95 1,126
4 East Isles 89 62 96 3,104
5 Loring Park 89 87 92 7,728
6 Stevens Square 88 77 79 3,739
7 Whittier 87 69 88 13,544
8 Downtown East 87 89 93 1,256
9 Midtown Phillips 86 63 90 4,789
10 Calhoun 84 64 79 5,624
11 North Loop 83 89 95 4,632
12 Cedar-Riverside 83 74 92 7,978
13 Ventura Village 83 72 91 6,248
14 Elliot Park 81 89 94 6,955
15 Marcy Holmes 81 68 95 10,161
16 Phillips West 81 65 93 4,927
17 Lyndale 79 64 87 7,456
18 University District 79 66 91 5,428
19 East Calhoun 79 61 90 2,385
20 Seward 78 62 95 7,235
21 East Phillips 78 65 96 4,283
22 Lowry Hill 75 62 87 3,579
23 Longfellow 74 56 86 5,011
24 Powderhorn Park 71 58 79 8,806
25 Central 70 61 87 8,149
26 St Anthony West 70 62 89 2,288
27 Sumner-Glenwood 70 66 92 1,320
28 St Anthony East 69 60 82 1,889
29 Windom Park 69 47 80 5,311
30 Corcoran 69 59 83 3,855
31 Holland 68 49 86 4,439
32 West Calhoun 68 48 86 1,927
33 Kingfield 67 57 75 7,580
34 Prospect Park 67 61 89 7,565
35 Logan Park 67 51 83 2,281
36 Fuller Tangletown 66 55 66 4,383
37 Sheridan 66 47 85 2,778
38 Jordan 65 54 71 7,647
39 Audubon Park 65 48 71 4,887
40 Hawthorne 64 51 76 4,246
41 Fulton 63 47 63 5,807
42 Standish 63 55 81 6,330
43 Howe 63 55 79 6,705
44 East Harriet 62 54 75 3,640
45 Southeast Como 62 54 84 6,265
46 Field 62 57 76 2,331
47 Cedar-Isles-Dean 62 47 90 2,677
48 Beltrami 62 58 70 1,163
49 Near North 61 57 80 5,912
50 Harrison 60 52 78 3,280
51 Bryant 60 56 81 2,801
52 Bottineau 59 43 90 1,634
53 Linden Hills 59 43 66 7,453
54 Keewaydin 59 47 67 3,258
55 Northeast Park 58 49 75 1,072
56 Bancroft 58 52 75 3,402
57 Hale 57 48 68 3,189
58 Ericsson 57 58 82 3,250
59 Lynnhurst 56 47 75 5,755
60 Folwell 55 53 59 5,245
61 Page 55 55 69 1,709
62 Northrup 55 50 71 4,419
63 Cooper 54 47 78 3,510
64 Windom 54 52 53 4,857
65 Minnehaha 54 58 61 3,855
66 Regina 51 57 68 2,232
67 Mckinley 51 52 58 3,162
68 Willard Hay 48 53 64 8,504
69 Hiawatha 47 60 77 5,456
70 Webber-Camden 45 55 75 5,175
71 Kenwood 44 47 82 1,524
72 Columbia Park 44 42 61 1,830
73 Cleveland 42 49 59 2,983
74 Armatage 41 47 53 4,846
75 Waite Park 39 45 62 5,113
76 Kenny 39 43 54 3,575
77 Diamond Lake 38 52 50 5,331
78 Bryn Mawr 38 40 78 2,721
79 Marshall Terrace 36 42 68 1,379
80 Lind-Bohanon 31 43 67 4,512
81 Shingle Creek 27 41 55 2,861
82 Victory 27 52 67 4,449

Eating & Drinking

There are about 1,286 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Minneapolis.

People in Minneapolis can walk to an average of 3 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in 5 minutes.

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Monte Carlo

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Aster Pictures Corporation

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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

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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 146 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

Curt Norwood Real Estate Broker

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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France 44 Cheese Shop

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Wakame Sushi & Asian Bistro

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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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Grand Cafe

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Minnehaha Creek Park

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Stewart Park


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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Settergren's of Linden Hills

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Sheraton Minneapolis Midtown Hotel

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


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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Como Streetcar

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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

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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thumbnail for Monte CarloMonte Carlo claims to be Minneapolis' oldest bar, delicious food and drinks and great al fresco dining. #northloop

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