50 Reasons Minnesota is the best state in America

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Bratty gossip site Gawker is counting down the 50 Worst States in America and last week named Minnesota the 45th Worst.

That actually makes us the 6th Best, which isn't half bad, except that it's the blog equivalent of "damning with faint praise."

Big surprise: Gawker chose New York as the Best--relying on nepotism over logic and reminding us of all the times the Yankees beat the Twins.

But Gawker's evaluation was clearly performed by someone who never actually visited Minnesota--at best, they shopped at Mall of America during a layover between LA and NYC. Those of us who live here can tell you quite a few more advantages to living in flyover country (including: "no earthquakes").

Here are 50 Reasons Minnesota is the Best State in America. Feel free to add your own in the comments.



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The Oregon Trail, invented by 3 Minnesotans
50. We invented Oregon Trail, the popular educational video game.

49. Thanks to the Hold Steady, Brooklyn hipsters are envious of our old haunts.

48. Some of the world's toughest fighters call Minnesota home, including Brock Lesnar.

47. We've hosted the Nationals for gymnastics twice in the past five years.

46. Still the only state to elect a professional wrestler as governor.

45. Jim Thome's 600.

44. Black Sabbath's first single was a cover of "Evil Woman" by Minneapolis's own Crow.

43. We're the birthplace of Zubaz.

42. We're home to Target, a major convenience for shoppers everywhere.

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A glorious Zubaz sighting
41. We've got famous drag queens: Several top contestants from RuPaul's Drag race got their start in Minnesota at the Gay 90s (Manila Luzon and season one winner BeBe Zahara Benet).

40. The Triple Rock Social Club -- for music itinerary and menu alike.

39. We're the birthplace of the original Zombie Pub Crawl.

38. Nationally renowned artists Alec Soth and Wing Young Huie are from Minnesota.

37. We excel at relaxing: everyone has a cabin at the lake.

36. Our huge selection of quality locally-made ice cream--Sebastian Joe's, Pumphouse Creamery, Izzy's, Crema Cafe, Grand Ole Creamery--probably beats every major city in the U.S.

35. We have the best, most plentiful cross-country ski trails of any urban area in the nation.

34. It's not too expensive to live here, and with 20 Fortune 500 companies in the state, there are also plenty of jobs.
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Corndogs at the Minnesota State Fair
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33. The MN State Fair is the largest 12-day event in North America.

32. The continued existence of Al's Breakfast.

31. We're the hipster state.
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sajinokami
sajinokami

It's expensive and if you don't have a car, you're SOL in this state. Then when it comes to number one, what else are we suppose to do? We need to leave our homes. If you are into outdoor activities or sports, probably great great state for you. I'm not.

mfl1926
mfl1926

#34: "It's not too expensive to live here..."

I'm sorry but Minnesota is very expensive. I've lived in eight different states and Minnesota is the most expensive (and of the other seven only California is close). Gas, power, groceries- everything costs more here. 

booperkit
booperkit

Please don't bitch about the minutia before you come try out England. Then you understand minutia, very minute minutia ( London not included, its about as English as New York is American)

booperkit
booperkit

You don't have to convince me, a Brit married to a Minnesotan, I just came back from 3 weeks there. Every time I do I mourn the niceness, the simpleness, the coolness that is minnesota. The seasons are predictable and magical. The people are happy and chill ( on the whole). We're moving there soon and there is nowhere in the world that would take me away from where I currently live except minnesota.... Wha wha wha wha wha minnesota style.

Ben Bakunin
Ben Bakunin

One of the best, Colorado is beautiful and they have weed stores.

Sean McKenna
Sean McKenna

That's exactly what I was getting at. You just said it better. Thank you.

Perri Pryor
Perri Pryor

I've been through most of the Midwest. MN really is better than most parts of this region.

Becca Hudson
Becca Hudson

The numerous articles about how MN is #1 read like the insecure girl having to be told over and over how pretty she is.

Melissa Mj
Melissa Mj

Minnesota drivers are so competent! Oh, wait....

Joleen Mische
Joleen Mische

Bike trails- one of the best states for biking.

Jay Boller
Jay Boller

Less about insecurity (although you're on to something), more about clicks.

Sean McKenna
Sean McKenna

Seems like a lot of the City Pages posts have to do with why MN is awesome. If it is so great, why does it need validation nationally all the time? -Wisconsin transplant who has lived here a long time and doesn't care what anyone thinks and still lives here

Samson Lee Heldt
Samson Lee Heldt

I think reason #18 and #3 tie for the best reasons why we're best.

Kalley26
Kalley26

One more thing, NICHOLAS DAVID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kalley26
Kalley26

If someone says something negative about the beautiful state of Minnesota they either have never been, they were here in the wrong place or at the wrong time or they are not a nature person.

Kalley26
Kalley26

One more reason Minnesota is a great state is because our Professional Women's Basketball team won the championships in 2011 and 2nd in 2012.

Kalley26
Kalley26

Minnesota is a great state because of how we allow people to be who the want to be and how Minnesotans stay true to their roots.

ldurkin81
ldurkin81

I think you meant to say why The Cities is best. Nothing about anything really important like the North Shore, Polaris, Arctic Cat, Headwaters of the Mississippi, Paul Bunyan, and so much more. 

Adam Klugherz
Adam Klugherz

I'm glad people from NY or Cali don't realize this is where it's at!

queennisia1
queennisia1

Minneapolis got buses,one train that takes you from downtown Minnespolis to the Mall Of America and tons of cabs.

queennisia1
queennisia1

I like Minneapolis because of the education system it's a woman and kid state they got tons of government services and resources. I also like the cultural diversity and the landscapes. The Mall of America in Bloomington, MN is too cool and so is Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis. The people are friendly and they got so many people there from all over the world like Whites, Blacks, Hmongs, Native Americans, Indians, people from the caribbean and a whole lot of Somalians. Downtown Minneapolis also have skyline which I love and is very beautiful because in the winter time you can go outside and walk through the skyline your outside but yet inside as well it is so cool and very little crime.

queennisia1
queennisia1


 Chicago is culturally diverse but very segregated at the Moment. They trying there best to gentrify the place.

I like Minneapolis because of the education system it's a woman and kid state they got tons of government services and resources. I also like the cultural diversity and the landscapes. The Mall of America in Bloomington, MN is too cool and so is Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis. The people are friendly and they got so many people there from all over the world like Whites, Blacks, Hmongs, Native Americans, Indians, people from the caribbean and a whole lot of Somalians. Downtown Minneapolis also have skyline which I love and is very beautiful because in the winter time you can go outside and walk through the skyline your outside but yet inside as well it is so cool and very little crime.

Minneapolis help you with everything thing from getting into a shelter and getting housing to getting an education and a job and cheaper cost of living than chicago.

Chicago got a mass transit system which is just about the only thing they got on Minneapolis.

Chicago got buses, pace, taxi, metra train and L line trains.

Minneapolis got buses,one train that takes you from downtown Minnespolis to the Mall Of America and tons of cabs.

queennisia1
queennisia1

I like Chicago because I was born and raised there and we got a lot to do here and our city is big and a tourist attraction. plus we have one of the best downtown's ever. The crime is bad the education is ok depending on where you live the hospitals are great and the housing authority here sucks. The cultural diversity is ok we got people from all walks of life here also, but they all live on the Northside of the city especially in Rogers Park.

Chicago helps with getting an education but a job and housing is hard to come by here cause we got so many people here and a lot of more to come. The housing authority still got there wait list for section 8 and public housing closed in 2012 but Minnesota still help out with public housing. Hopefully Chicago open up as well we got a lot of new mixed income housing popping up everywhere that can't nobody afford not to mention the gentrification that's going on here. Most of the ares that's becoming integrated is Rogers Park, Humboldt Park, Hyde Park, Uptown, Lincoln Park and Edgewater.

a.little
a.little

Obama really loves MN! He personally replied to an Ely man who requested a letter for their new 50-year time capsule!

Yeah_right_
Yeah_right_

"Everyone has a cabin.." Yeah, everyone...nice try.

Also, the lightrail? Are you kidding me???? That has to be one of the most god awful transit systems in the US.

 

Did Superloza write this? LOL.

Beth Ann
Beth Ann

What about being an absolutelyly amazing place to get around on 2 wheels!! Hello Nice Ride and miles upon miles of bike trails!!

Dan Marqusee
Dan Marqusee

Seemed like you were reaching with 99% of the pros. Regionalistic pride is BS. Just let MN be. 

Dan Marqusee
Dan Marqusee

Im a Minnesotan and you just made me hate this state. Stop with the regionalistic pride and just chill@ 

cara
cara

Don't forget the largest dinner theater in the country!!

Matt
Matt

No mention of the whole "State of hockey" thing?  Fail. We put out the most professional and college hockey players in the entire country.  We are also home to the Schwan's Super Rink in Blaine with the most enclosed rinks in the country, and I don't know if it's true or not, but the complex that the rink is on also at one time had the most soccer fields in one location in the country.  The USA Cup for soccer players is a HUGE deal.  People come from around the world to play in it

Ehendry822
Ehendry822

I live in North Dakota, but i live in MN for the summer, ya bemidji :)

Markbjornrud
Markbjornrud

And about 98% of this list is why the Twin Cities are great.  No other state has Northern Minnesota (and I don't mean St. Cloud).  North of MN HWY 2 is where its really at.

Fatony4u
Fatony4u

Is this supposed to be about Minnesota as a state? Or just the Twin Cities area?? Some other things that should make the list are; Eel Pout Fest, Duluth, Lake of the Woods, BWCA, mining and logging just to name a few. Your list sounds like you've never been North of St. Cloud! Which makes you more Iowan than a Minnesotan!!

Sajohnson22
Sajohnson22

Diablo Cody is from Illinois... her third job after graduating from the University of Iowa finally brought her to the twin Cities... for a short amount of time. But not education or growing up happened there. I don't find that claim legitimate but most are decent. 

Versinn
Versinn

The MN Renaissance Festival is the longest running Renn Fest in the US.  it has the highest attendance in the midwest and is the 2nd largest in the nation (2nd to TX).Also, the Animal Humane Society (in MN) hosts the Walk for Animals every spring- it is the largest animal walk in the nation and over 10,000 people and 7,000 pets show up every year to raise $1million

Guest
Guest

I love Minnesota, but not for most of the reasons on this list.  I guess it must be the top reasons gay people like Minnesota.

mfl1926
mfl1926

@Ben Bakunin I used to live in Denver. Horrible traffic and unfriendly people who spend every waking hour of every day obsessing over a stupid football team. There are more important things in the world than the Donkeys. 

megatronopera
megatronopera

You're just mad about Minnesota being the best.


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