The New Capital of the North (Don’t Tell Chicago)
Whatever you do, don’t call it the Midwest. The Twin Cities metro area prefers to think of itself as the “Capital of the North.” Check the stats and the lofty title makes sense: home to dozens of corporate headquarters (Target, 3M, United Health), as well as a new breed of tech startups. Property taxes are low, and the downtowns are liveable, thanks to great public transit, innovative restaurants, and world-class museums and galleries. Yes, the winters are cold, but when the weather breaks, the area comes alive with an outdoor concert every day of the summer. Or find unexpected solitude at Fort Snelling, near the banks of the Mississippi.
My Town: Mike Jones, 36, CEO of Alchemy
“When I first moved here, Minneapolis was ‘up-and-coming.’ The North Loop, where I’d just opened my gym, was all strip clubs and empty warehouses. Now, people have been leaving New York to open restaurants here. And I’ve found that despite the really harsh winter, people here lead more active lifestyles than in other, warmer places I’ve lived. They manage to bike, skateboard, walk, and move their bodies everywhere, all year long.”Back to top