Skip to main content

Minneapolis, St. Paul listed in top 5 in quality-of-life ranking

  • Author:
  • Updated:

Add one more list to the long list of lists that rank the Twin Cities as a great place to live – both cities landed in the latest ranking's top 5.

The finance blog NerdWallet says that Minneapolis and St. Paul are No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, in the top five cities for quality of life.

Madison, Wisconsin, topped the list, while Lincoln, Nebraska, was ranked second. Omaha, Nebraska, is No. 5.

NerdWallet determined its ranking of 100 cities on three major factors: income, affordability and health benefits; the local economy; and work-life balance.

Buffalo, New York, came in at No. 6 in the rankings, followed by Lexington, Kentucky; Lubbock, Texas; Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Freemont, California.

The rankings were determined based on data from the 2012 U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey.

Minneapolis and St. Paul have been high on other lists this year. Earlier this month, the American Political Science Review in a study of most liberal cities ranked Minneapolis as the sixth most liberal city in the U.S., while St. Paul was ranked No. 13.

In May, Homeowners Insurance in a study said Minneapolis was the top city in the Midwest when it came to developing and promoting green commuting practices. St. Paul came in at No. 6 on the list.

In January, NerdWallet also named Minneapolis No. 8 on its list of the most promising U.S. cities for job seekers.

Next Up

police lights

Las Vegas man identified as victim killed near 38th and Chicago

The 25-year-old died at the scene Sunday afternoon.


Beloved Eagan Dairy Queen says goodbye

A summer staple has shuttered in Eagan.

Screen Shot 2022-08-16 at 3.44.22 PM (2)

Bridge damage closes westbound Hwy. 62 between Richfield, Edina

The Minnesota Department of Transportation said bridge maintenance work is in progress.

Michael Miller

Charges: Drunk driver killed former chair of Hibbing Chamber of Commerce

Michael Miller's blood-alcohol content was nearly three times the legal limit at the time of the crash.

Mystic Lake

Charges: Man attacked Mystic Lake security with 2x4

A chaotic scene unfolded after the man approached the bell stand late Friday.


SWAT presence in Eagan neighborhood Tuesday morning

There's a developing story out of Eagan.


Minnesota in top 5 for quality of life

Minnesota ties for fifth with one of its neighbors in a new ranking of the best places to live, based on quality-of-life criteria. Is New Hampshire really that much better than the North Star State?