Minneapolis | World’s Best Cities


The economy may be buzzing, but locals are just as proud of their numerous parks, scenic bike trails and picturesque sunsets in this city that has always taken full advantage of its prime location along the mighty Mississippi. With 18 Fortune 500 companies—the most per capita of any American metro area—Minneapolis scores an impressive #8 for Prosperity. The highly-educated workforce earns a comfortable living and enjoys easy access to the rest of the world via Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. Locals are eager to show off the Walker Art Center, which features contemporary works like the giant spoon sculpture, which has become a city trademark, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, known affectionately as “Mia.” With a decent #19 ranking for Culture (determined by concerts, shows and events), the city’s heart still belongs to beloved hometown recording artist Prince, whose suburban home and studio, Paisley Park, opened as a museum in 2016.