Twin Cities one of world's top hotspots for recent college grad relocation, study says

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We've heard many times in recent years about how great a place Minneapolis/St. Paul is for college grads. We grant there's a bit of a chicken-or-egg thing going on here, but now there's better evidence than ever that smart young folks are taking the notion of moving here seriously.

LinkedIn recently published a list of world cities that experienced the biggest influx of recent college grads last year. (Read it here.) Lo and behold, the Twin Cities ranked second among all American cities, and third on the planet Earth as a whole.

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Forty percent of new Twin Cities residents in 2013 were recent college grads. Here, according to LinkedIn, is where they came from:
Greater Chicago area
La Crosse
Des Moines
Greater NYC area
Greater Boston area
Greater Milwaukee area
Greater LA area
And here are the top schools from which those grads graduated:
U of M (no surprise here)
Winona State
University of Iowa
Michigan State
St. Olaf
Finally, here are the top companies hiring them:
General Mills
Wells Fargo
City Pages (just kidding -- we're not really on the list)
For context, here's the full top 10 list, with the percentage of new residents who are recent grads in parentheses:
10. São Paulo (34%)
9. Bangalore (34%)
8. San Francisco Bay Area (34%)
7. London (35%)
6. Chicago (38%)
5. NYC (38%)
4. Madrid (40%)
3. MSP (40%)
2. Washington, D.C. (40%)
1. Paris (42%)
Pretty incredible company for the Twin Cities to keep, isn't it?

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Chris Porto
Chris Porto

Keep in mind the U of MN is the 5th largest college in the country. I think that is a large contributing factor.


as Johnny said I'm shocked that people can get paid $9810 in 1 month on the computer . hop over to here

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Rick Miller
Rick Miller

Not too many unemployed here-our unemployment rate is below the national average

Deatrick LaPointe
Deatrick LaPointe

These bloody outsiders are taking all our jobs! Or raising the welfare costs...

Dave Doucot
Dave Doucot

Because of our welfare system?....For the unemployed it is top notch!


The Twin Cities is also one of the world's hotspots for Welfaya collectors. In no particular order, they come from:

1. Shitcago

2. Deeeeeetroit

3. St. Louis

4. Kansas City

5. Somalia

6. Laos

mingtran topcommenter

@_Joe_ He's absolutely correct, just being a dick about it. Your support of the system that created this debacle is cancerous, but you'd never know it because of your massive ego that keeps you ignorant.



People like you are humanity's cancer.

OlWillyClinton topcommenter

@mingtran @_Joe_ The problem with both of your statements is, while calling other people ignorant to the truth, you provide no substantiation for your claims. The burden of proof is on the speaker. Rhetoric 101, children.


@OlWillyClinton And while you're there, watch the Greyhound and Mega Buses from Chicago and Detroit drop off the welfare parasites directly at the front door.


@OlWillyClinton Oh, and those thousands of Somalis living in the crack stacks? ALL of them are on public assistance.


@KennyX So you're also then saying that they're all college graduates? I don't see many Somali or other recent immigrant people at the UofM. Mostly looks to be a bunch of smart middle class white people from surrounding States.

Drewey topcommenter

@KennyX anyone care to guess who is no threat to ever graduate college? 


@OlWillyClinton Go visit the fucking Welfare office in Minneapolis and there's your goddamn proof.

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