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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?
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CNBC, as part of its examination of which states are the best places to do business, examines the top 10 states for quality of life. CNBC used several factors to determine quality-of-life rankings. Minnesota is lauded for having both a cosmopolitan area along with the natural beauty of the North Woods. Plus it has clean air, healthy people and a relatively low crime rate, CNBC says.

Overall, Minnesota was No. 11 as a state to do business.

It can be tough to keep up with all the top rankings that include Minnesota and the Twin Cities. A few recent ones:

The state was No. 23 for economic growth, according to a recent report.

Among metros, the Twin Cities recently landed at No. 85 for job growth.

Minnesota was the sixth-healthiest state (but binge drinking is a problem).

Here's a quirky 2007 video from the History Channel about Minnesota, with some good trivia about the state (although the narrator mispronounces Edina):

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