When compiling a list of 'Best of' lists, who's on top of the list? Twin Cities


Do you have list fatigue?

So many lists wanting to point you toward America's best city for ... starting a career, finding good sushi, stretching a dollar, strolling an art district, etc. Who can digest the lists and tell the rest of us which cities are really being recommended?

A website called Patch of Earth took a stab at it and found Minneapolis/St. Paul wound up atop the list of most-listed metro areas.

Patch of Earth selected seven lists, each measuring a slice of life that's not unique to a particular career or gender.

Eight metro areas that popped up repeatedly were chosen as its "Absolute Top Cities." But while four cities tied for third place and three cities tied for second, you-know-who was all alone in the top spot. Minneapolis/St. Paul had five top ten finishes on the seven lists.

Here's a rundown:

  • Greenest cities. Compiled by Wallet Hub. Minneapolis #7
  • Best food scene. Put together by Travel + Leisure. Minneapolis/St. Paul #5
  • Best cities for retirement. Bankrate did not rate any Minnesota cities in the top ten (oversight?)
  • Most well-read cities. Amazon omits the Twin Cities from the top 20 (what's up with that?)
  • Best cities for job seekers. Nerd Wallet ranks Minneapolis 4th and St. Paul 10th. (Fortune put the Twin Cities 9th)
  • Best cities for students without cars. BestColleges.com puts the Twin Cities at #5.

Denver, Portland, and Austin, Texas, were the only other cities with top 10 finishes on as many as four lists.

Certainly, each list is based on data that help support its rankings and may provide interesting comparisons. But ultimately, what does topping the list of list-toppers mean to a city?

Bragging rights, baby.

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