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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, Downtown West and Lowry Hill East.

Minneapolis Apartments for Rent

View all Minneapolis apartments on a map. The average rent is $1,300 and the average home price is $224,000.

Rental info for The Metro in the Minneapolis area
from $1,015
Studio
Walk Score 97
Rental info for Cedars 94 in the Minneapolis area
from $765
Studio
Walk Score 87
Rental info for LPM Apartments in the Minneapolis area
from $1,727
Studio
Walk Score 91
Rental info for 740 River Drive in the Minneapolis area
from $1,237
1 bed
Walk Score 47
Rental info for The Churchill in the Minneapolis area
from $1,265
1 bed
Walk Score 91
Rental info for Junction Flats in the Minneapolis area
Contact
Studio
Walk Score 81
Rental info for Station 38 Apartments in the Minneapolis area
from $965
Studio
Walk Score 64
Rental info for Seven Corners Apartments in the Minneapolis area
from $610
Studio
Walk Score 77

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

Minneapolis Neighborhoods

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

Eating & Drinking

There are about 1,288 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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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 147 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

Thinking of renting an apartment or buying in Minneapolis? Ask our neighborhood guides a question.

mackenzie lee

I am a culture obsessed person. I love to travel and explore places. I especially love hunting out secret city spots.

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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.

Ask Curt about Minneapolis

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William's Uptown Pub & Peanut Bar

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Salut Bar Americain

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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

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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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

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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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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The Soap Factory

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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