Twin Cities among least stressed metros, CNN study says

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Minnehaha Falls: Who could possibly be stressed in this lovely corner of Minneapolis?
Earlier this month, we told you about a Movoto Real Estate study that ranked Minnesota among the least stressed states. So it probably shouldn't come as a surprise to learn that a new CNNMoney study puts Minneapolis among the least stressed cities.

For the study, which looked at the 55 Americans metros with populations of one million or more, CNNMoney "spoke with experts, including the American Psychological Association, to come up with 15 of the biggest indicators of stress in urban areas," an explanation of the methodology says.

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Do Dayton, DFL deserve credit for MN's high rank in CNBC's Top States For Business?

Somewhere, Tim Pawlenty shakes his head...
The Dayton administration is crowing after Minnesota clocked in with a sixth-place finish in CNBC's Top States For Business 2014 list.

Matt Swenson, Dayton's press secretary, drew reporters' attention to the study yesterday, writing in an email, "Members of the Press - I wanted to make sure you saw this news release issued by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) this afternoon. CNBC just named Minnesota the 6th-best place to do business in the United States."

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Minneapolis one of the best cities for singles, study says

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Gives "spooning" a whole different meaning, doesn't it?
As a guy who has been around the dating block a couple-thirteen-fourteen times, let me tell you -- Minneapolis is a pretty good place to be single, at least until you've gone on dates with half of Uptown and have to keep your head on a swivel while out in public as a result.

But don't take my word for it. Listen to the folks at, who rank Minneapolis as the seventh best city in the whole country for folks who are single and wanting to mingle.

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Minnesota among safest states, study says

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Relatively wreck-free roads helped propel Minnesota to the top of the list.
Minnesota is behind only Massachusetts and New Hampshire on WalletHub's list of the safest states to live in.

The study accounts for workplace safety, emergency preparedness, home and community stability, traffic safety, and financial security, with Minnesota ranking in the top 10 in all but one of those categories.

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Minnesota among most chill states, study says

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Take it from this Lowertown hipster -- Minnesota is pretty chill, man.
According to a new study put together by Movoto Real Estate, you're not going to find too many states in the lower 48 more chill than Minnesota, but one of them is our legendarily sexy neighbor to the northwest.

The study looks at census data pertaining to commute times, unemployment rates, hours worked, population density, percentage of income spent on housing, and percentage of population without health insurance to determine which states are the most stressed out, and on the other hand, which states are most conducive to a relatively worry-free lifestyle.

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Here's why Minnesota's relatively high tax rate isn't necessarily a bad thing

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You know the old saying, "You get what you pay for?" WalletHub's state-by-state analysis of what residents pay in state taxes compared to the services they get for them shows that Minnesota taxpayers are getting at least that much.

The study finds that Minnesota has the best government services in the entire nation. However, only 12 states (including D.C.) have higher tax rates. When the two are put together, Minnesota comes out with the 17th-best return on investment (ROI) with regard to taxes of any state.

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Minnesota third-best state to make a living, study says

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The Land of 10,000 Lakes is a welcoming place to make a living.
Minnesota is third only to first-place Washington and second-place Texas in's 2014 list of the best states to make a living.

The list accounts for each state's average salary, cost of living, unemployment rate, and workplace satisfaction, then uses that data to rank the 10 best and worst.

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

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Look close and you can see Minneapolis's skyline, too.
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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Apple Valley, Minnetonka are Twin Cities hotbeds for cheating spouses

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Ashley Madison has 26 million users and expects to bring in more than $120 million this year.
The suburbs are where most of the Twin Cities' wannabe cheaters live, according to new information released by Ashley Madison, which is known perhaps as the world's leading hookup site for wayward spouses.

According to the site's "membership per capita" numbers, 9.1 percent of the Twin Cities' Ashley Madison accounts belong to Apple Valley residents, which is the highest percentage in the metro. Minnetonka clocks in at second with 8.8 percent.

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Minneapolis still has best parks in America, study says

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Loring Park, one of 197 park properties in Minneapolis.
For the second year running, the city of Minneapolis has been honored for having the best parks in the country, according to the Trust for Public Land's 2014 "ParkScore" rankings.

Like last year, the City of Lakes stands alone at the top of the list with a "5.0 park benches" score. New York is second with a 4.5 score, with Boston, Portland, and San Francisco tied for third with a 4.0 rating.

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