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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, Lowry Hill East and Downtown West.

Minneapolis Apartments for Rent

Minneapolis Neighborhoods




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

Eating & Drinking

There are about 1,477 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

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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 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.

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Morrison Park

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Gold Metal Park

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Mill Ruins Park

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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


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

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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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