Forbes: Twin Cities crack top 20 for biz and careers
But rejoice not: Cities in the Dakotas and Wisconsin rate higher
Forbes.com has compiled an exhaustive list of the best metro areas for businesses or careers. The math that goes into it--cost of living, cost of doing business, income growth--is predictably corporate-minded, but offers an interesting glimspe of the twin towns anyway. For the 3.1 million of us living in the 18th-ranked Minneapolis-St. Paul area, it might come as no surprise that we're 14th in "educational attainment" or 15th in "culture and leisure," but that we rate only 111th--that housing bubble again?--in "cost of living."
What's more surprising is that we're not necessarily the Star of the North anymore. One could argue that distinction might still reside in the state, however, with good old Rochester coming in at number 2 among "best smaller metros." But first-ranked Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Fargo and even the dreaded Bismarck make that particularly depressing top ten.
So perhaps we're not so exceptional after all. But yet things could be worse. The only solace we can take here in the land of the loons is a not-very-startling revelation: To live and work in Milwaukee, coming in at 86, sucks big donkey balls.