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5. Minneapolis, MN

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  • Average years of education: 14.91 years
  • Adults w/ a bachelor’s degree only: 31%
  • Adults w/ a graduate or professional degree: 20%
  • Degree holders w/ a STEM degree: 39%
  • Median annual earnings: $42,119
  • Median home value: $250,400
  • Both husband and wife in labor force: 64%
  • Unemployment rate: 4.2%

Close to Saint Paul, residents in Minneapolis benefit from two major business centers when seeking employment and educational opportunities. Key industries in the Twin Cities region include healthcare, manufacturing, and government. In addition, the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul region is home to more Fortune 500 companies per capita than any other region in the world. Among all the cities on this list, Minneapolis has the highest percentage of married couples with both partners in the workforce.


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