The Twin Cities Has a Pathetically Low Number of Bars Compared to Other Northern Cities

Categories: Booze, Lists

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We could use a few more bars
A Portland-based think tank found the Twin Cities barely has two bars for every 10,000 workers, placing us in the same stratosphere as -- gasp! -- Southerners when it comes to public access to spirits and gaiety.

City Observatory measured the 51 most-populous cities' bars per 10,000 workers and Minneapolis came in 32nd place with a figure of 2.3. The only northern city with a worse showing was Boston, which has two bars per 10,000 workers.

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Minnesota Has the Worst Financial Racial Inequality in America, According to Study

Categories: Lists

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Minnesota is great, but for whom?
It seems like once a month a new study or list will come out ranking Minnesota as a great place to live, in one form or another. Minneapolis has the best parks, St. Paul is the most romantic, Duluth is the best outdoors town, Minnesota is the best overall state, etc.

Those lists aren't wrong. Minnesota has great parks and outdoor scenery, low crime and cost of living, and a solid, diversified economy. But things aren't great for everybody.

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Minnesota Rated Best State in the Country by Politico

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By best we mean most wealthy, and tied for first, technically
By now loyal City Pages readers have to know Minnesota is a great place to live. Last month we put together a top 10 list of all of the top 10 lists Minnesota made last year, and to be honest that list could've been twice as long.

But yesterday Politico crowned us with the big daddy prize: Best American State. Well, we tied for first with New Hampshire, but still: FIRST PLACE WHOOOOO. You feel that? That's called validation.

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Minnesotans Named America's Best Drivers

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Aaron Rupar
Really?
Here's another distinction Minnesota can add to its overflowing trophy case: A new study by carinsurancecomparison.com named Minnesota as the state with the best drivers.

We're guessing the study's authors have never navigated the 394/94 split heading into downtown Minneapolis.

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The Top 10 of the Top 10 Lists That Declared Minnesota Fabulous This Year

Categories: Lists, Media

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Seems like Minnesota is in the top 10 of just about everything these days

If you've been paying attention over the last year, you know that we have it pretty darn good in Minnesota. It seems that every time new, dubiously researched national rankings come out, our fair state finds itself near the top.

We here at City Pages love telling you about it. That's because A) Minnesota is awesome and B) a wonderfully unreasonable number of people will click on any story that includes a list.

So without further adieu, here are the Top 10 top 10 lists Minnesota landed on in 2014:

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20 Things You Say That Make You a Minnesotan

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Anna Gulbrandsen
You don't need to be Paul Bunyan or Babe the Blue Ox to call yourself a Minnesotan. In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, there are plenty of sayings ("Don'tcha know!") that have been passed down throughout the years -- and a few that are singularly our own.

Here are some things you'll hear more than a few Minnesotans say time and time again. If you've been in the state for even a short stretch of time and catch yourself saying any of these, you betcha you're on your way to becoming an honorary Minnesotan. Did we miss any? Leave your suggestions in the comments.

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Minneapolis Has More "Sugar Daddies" Than New York or L.A.

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Not only is the stigma surrounding online dating going away, but apparently so is the stigma involving "sugar daddies" -- that is, older men who date younger women they've met online with full knowledge the gals wouldn't be interested if they didn't have money and weren't willing to spend it on them.

According to the not-exactly-unbiased SeekingArrangement.com, the world's largest sugar daddy dating website, the number of men on the site has nearly tripled in the last year, and surprise! One of the hotspots for sugar daddies is Minneapolis, where 6.33 men per 1,000 are on the site and looking for their very own "sugar babies."

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Minnesota 2nd-Most Liberal State, Study Says

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Monroe Family Blog
A study put together by The Hill concludes that Minnesota is the second-most liberal state in the country, only behind Washington.

The Hill cites Minnesota's history of supporting Democratic presidential candidates and the DFL's control of the legislature, among other factors, as reasons the state is just about as deep blue as it gets these days.

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Mass Transit Study Ranks Twin Cities 13th, but Doesn't Include Green Line [MAP]

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Michael Hicks
The Green Line has benefits that go beyond the line itself, a transportation expert says.
A new University of Minnesota study looking at the number of jobs accessible by transit in 46 of America's largest metros ranks the Twin Cities 13th, but it doesn't account for the Green Line, Andrew Owen, director of the U's Accessibility Observatory and lead researcher for the project, tells us.

"All of the data across all the cities [comes from] January 29 or as close to it as possible, so it doesn't include the Green Line," he says. "Within the next month we're preparing to release a report that compares the accessibility data in the current report with a new calculation that includes the Green Line, a map that shows where and by how accessibility was changed as a result of the Green Line, and supporting bus schedule changes."

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A Smoker's Manifesto: 11 Reasons to Revoke the University's Tobacco Ban

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To the disdain of smokers and acclaim of abstainers, the University of Minnesota's campus-wide tobacco ban was officially enacted in July, a few months shy of the fall semester. Ashtrays were present throughout campus for the first few weeks of school, but have since been removed. Signs informing students of the smoking ban have popped up along sidewalks. Professors no longer hold back when they catch students with cigarettes. For a regular smoker like myself, it's first world hell.

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