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    The 11-county region is anchored by three thriving urban centers –Minneapolis, Saint Paul and Bloomington – known collectively as the Twin Cities.

    As the 16th-largest metro area in the United States, the region is one of the most economically diverse and culturally vital in the country. It is home to more than 3 million people, 19 Fortune 500 companies and thousands of pristine lakes. Its reputation forinnovation is legendary. Its workforce is one of the best educated in the country. 

    Minneapolis-St. Paul ranks fifth in the United States for the percentage of the population with a bachelor's degree or higher education. Forbes ranks our area one of the best cities for working mothers.


    Top-Ranking Business Climate

    Despite our reputation for cold winters, the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region boasts one of the hottest business climates in the country.

    • MarketWatch named us “the best metro area for business” in America in both 2007 and 2008.
    • American City Business Journals listed us among the “top 10 metro areas for small business” for two years straight in 2007.
    • Site Selection singled out the region’s business climate as one of the top five in the country in 2007.
    • The state won similar kudos from the Corporation for Enterprise Development in 2006. It gave Minnesota straight A’s for vitality – one of only two states to earn a perfect score.
    • MarketWatch recognized our phenomenal concentration of corporate giants – including 34 Fortune 1000 companies and 15 S&P 500 firms in 2008. Those numbers are the second highest in the country.  




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    MPLS Regional Chamber
    81 South Ninth Street, Suite 200
    Minneapolis, MN 55402 
    Phone: (612) 370-9100
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