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


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.

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