Minneapolis Facts

  • Minneapolis is home to 22 lakes – owing to its distinction of being 6% water. 
  • This lake-rich city has nearly 200 parks dispersed throughout. 
  • Saint Anthony Falls, which flows through downtown Minneapolis, is the only true, natural waterfall on the Mississippi River. 
  • The Mall of America has a full theme park inside of it, with five full-size roller coasters and a water ride. 
  • With more than nine miles of pedways connecting buildings downtown, the Minneapolis Skyway System is the largest of its kind worldwide. 

If you want to move to a major U.S. city but don’t want to fork out a lot of money to do so. Your options may be limited but not impossible. Some cities – like Minneapolis – are more affordable than you might think. In fact, Minneapolis ranks #21 out of the 25 Best Affordable Places to Live list. The city is also friendly to immigrants. The city streets are named after U.S. presidents and are ordered chronologically based on when the presidents were in office. The city did this to assist immigrants who were studying for their citizenship exams. Minneapolis is also home to numerous craft breweries and incredible eateries. The folks who live here are serious about their food – and you’ll benefit from it!

You’ve decided to make the move to Minneapolis. Congratulations! You won’t be disappointed. Now, it’s time to find an apartment in your ideal neighborhood. Here are just a few of the top neighborhoods in the city:


Looking for a hip neighborhood that’s buzzing with life? Look no further than Uptown Minneapolis – a great town for those who appreciate great food and artsy entertainment. You’ll find indie boutiques that sell designer clothing, as well as vintage apparel. Bistros and gastropubs line the streets. The Uptown Theatre is a classic theater where residents go to watch foreign films and the best indie movies. The theater even has a bar to make the experience even more enjoyable.

North Loop

North Loop has a livability score that’s on par with the rest of the nation. Also known as the Warehouse District, the neighborhood is made up of startups, gay nightclubs, the coolest bars in Minneapolis and innovative restaurants. Warehouses built in the 19th and 20th centuries have been converted to house things like the Minneapolis Farmers Market, where you can purchase locally made candy and locally grown produce. The warehouses also house indie fashion boutiques.


Due to the proximity of the University of Minnesota, Dinkytown is the epicenter of student life in the city. Students and residents alike appreciate the bars, cafés and inexpensive restaurants in the area. You can find everything from burritos to pizza and everything in between. Live music venues host events where local singer-songwriters and indie bands perform regularly. Consignment clothing stores and bookshops can be found in the neighborhood as well. The neighborhood has a hip, eclectic party vibe and is great for singles and young professionals.

Calhoun Isles

The Calhoun Isles community is extremely desirable, mainly for its low crime rate, great schools and urban amenities. The area is quite lovely, as well, with beautiful lakeside parks and the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary where you can witness seasonal blooms in a variety of settings, including prairie, wetland and woodland. The cost of renting in the neighborhood is slightly higher than the national average but with the beauty of the area, the great nightlife and fun indie shops, it’s worth it to be in a neighborhood you love.

Central Minneapolis

Young professionals and families make up the majority of residents in the Central Minneapolis neighborhood. The cost of renting is just slightly higher than the national average. Residents love the diversity of the neighborhood and say that safety in the area has increased significantly in recent years. All the schools in Central Minneapolis are above average as well.

Linden Hills

Linden Hills is a historic neighborhood in Minneapolis. The neighborhood was named for the abundance of linden trees in the area, as well as the beautiful, gently sloping hills surrounding the neighborhood. You’ll feel like you’re living in a small town but with all the amenities of a big city. The vibe is charming yet hip. Niche.com names it the #1 neighborhood to live in for Minneapolis residents. The cost of living is just slightly higher than the national average but both the schools and the nightlife are excellent. That’s a combination you don’t see too often!


The majority of the over 10,000 Powderhorn residents are young professionals and families. Schools in the area are well above average. Residents say their neighbors are friendly and laid-back. It’s a very community-oriented neighborhood and newcomers are always welcome.

University of Minneapolis

This neighborhood has a higher-than-state average for livability, which mainly comes down to the amenities. It is, after all, a college neighborhood, and young students need easy (and affordable!) access to restaurants for nourishment, green space for studying (or a respite from studying) and plenty of nightlife to celebrate getting a great grade on an exam. Rental prices are just slightly above the Minneapolis average. Also, the walking, biking and public transit scores are exceptionally high in this neighborhood.


Residents of the Lynnhurst neighborhood like living here because of the urban amenities, higher-than-average employment opportunities and excellent schools. Of the nearly 6000 people who live here, the majority own their home. However, there are still some beautiful, affordable rental properties in the area. One of the perks of the neighborhood is its beautiful setting, which is on the southeast side of Lake Harriet. Minnehaha Creek also runs throughout the neighborhood. There are several green spaces for downtime and recreation activities with family and friends.

Loring Park

A charming residential neighborhood, Loring Park is a neighborhood built around the green space called Loring Park. This Park has a lake, as well as numerous walking, jogging and biking paths. Over 80% of the residents who live here, many of whom are young families or young professionals, rent their properties, the cost of which is just slightly above the national average. In the neighborhood, you’ll find cozy cafés and upscale restaurants, as well as plenty of shops to browse.

Downtown East

Downtown East is an affluent neighborhood that’s home to many young professionals. The area is full of contemporary restaurants and cafés, as well as the historic Guthrie Theater (founded in the early-1960s). At the theater, you’ll be able to watch classic plays, as well as those of up-and-coming playwrights or the latest plays from your favorite established writers. The Mill City Museum is a former flour mill that traces the history of the city. The neighborhood also contains multiple green spaces where you can relax and enjoy some time out in nature.

Prospect Park

Prospect Park is a historic neighborhood that’s part of the University community. Just over 9000 people live in the area, most of whom are young professionals. However, it’s important to note that the public schools in the area are excellent – good news for families that want to move into the neighborhood. Most residents rent in the area, the cost of which is just slightly above the U.S. average. There are three parks and a preserve in the area, so if you love spending time outdoors, you’re in luck! The area also has numerous restaurants and even more coffee shops!


Armatage is one of the best places to live in Minnesota. Many young families choose to settle down in this neighborhood, attracted by the low crime rates and great schools.


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