Willmar, Minn., is a small city located about 100 miles west of the Twin Cities. Boasting a population of almost 20,000, Willmar is home to a close-knit community with sizable amenities. Situated within a wonderland of lakes, hills, farmland and rural scenery, Willmar balances a small-town atmosphere with numerous amenities. As the city's population continues to grow, city officials have made it known that Willmar is open for business. Numerous medical facilities, industrial firms and commercial retailers have set up shop in Willmar throughout the past few years. Those searching for Willmar apartments for rent will appreciate this growing area's appreciation for both growth and small-town connectedness.
Prior to its settlement by Americans of European descent, Willmar was home to the indigenous Lakota tribe. The first settlers arrived in the 1850s and began making use of the region's fertile land, ample forests and wildlife resources. In 1869, the railroad came to the area and brought with it many new settlers of Swedish and Norwegian origin. Even today, Willmar is home to many Scandinavian residents.
The city's tree-lined streets, friendly Minnesota vibe, family-focused attitude and large lawn spaces makes for a great suburban way of life. Though the Willmar area is smaller than the Twin Cities area, residents here enjoy a quality of life that is similar to that of most suburbanites', but with a much lower cost of living: The cost of living index in Willmar is 80.6, which is almost 20 percent lower than the U.S. average.
Willmar's vibrant downtown is listed as a Minnesota Main Street, a coveted distinction that is awarded to cities with vibrant historic city centers. Community members work with local businesses to promote an active community life centered in the region's downtown area. Those searching for Willmar rentals will be delighted to discover the downtown area's many outdoor art festivals, parades, farmers markets, block parties and more.
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