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Minneso-tops: Where Our State Tops the List

15 measures of a state that MN dominates in!

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    MN is more than a just fly-over state. Find out where we shine!
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    Fitness: Minneapolis was named “The Fittest U.S. City” in 2013 for the third annual year by Time Magazine. The Twin Cities boast high levels of physical activity, low rates of heart disease and ample availability of public transportation and parks. Image Source: PracticalPedal
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    Beer: Minneapolis ranks 6 in U.S. for best microbrew beer cities according to out of state visitors. Unsurprisingly, the city also has the tenth highest population of craft beer drinkers according to City Pages Image Source: Flickr
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    Hipster Status: Buzzfeed named Minnesota the Most Hipster State in the U.S., in 2012 beating out New York and Oregon. The state’s music scene, “Lumberjack chic” fashion and trendy areas like Northeast Minneapolis help the state maintain a presence on “Most Hipster” lists. Image Source: Trenddelacreme
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    Freezing Weather: Some awards you don’t want to win. The coldest metro area in the past 30 years according to the Weather Channel is Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. Second on the list: Anchorage, Alaska. Image Source: Flickr
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    Biking: Bicycling Magazine has consistently ranked Minneapolis as a top 5 city to bike in. Their most recent list placed the city 2nd in the country. The Nice Ride bike-share system, festive community bike tours and abundant cycling paths deserve credit for the feat. Image Source: Flickr
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    Trails: American Trails named Minnesota Best Trails State for biking, cross-country skiing, off-roading activities and hiking. Image Source: GSP
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    Green Baseball: Target Field is the the MLB’s “greenest” ballpark. Did you know the Twins capture and reuse rainwater? The organization also rampantly recycles and donates unused food to charity and for every broken wooden bat, 100 new trees are planted! Image Source: Flickr
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    Theater Opportunities: Minneapolis is home to the most theater seats per capita in the country. Image Source: Flickr
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    Literacy: Minneapolis is the third most literate city, behind Washinton, DC and Seattle, WA. Image Source: Flickr
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    State Fair: The Minnesota State Fair is one of the largest and most attended state fairs in the nation. Image Source: Flickr
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    Acceptance: Minneapolis has been topping “Gay Friendly” lists for years, thanks to pro-LGBT legislation and an abundance of queer culture.The Advocate named Minneapolis/St. Paul the 10th Gayest American city of 2013. Image Source: Flickr
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    Museums: Minneapolis has over 60 museums in the area, a number only surpassed by Chicago and D.C. Image Source: Flickr
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    Shoreline: Minnesota has one of the highest amounts of shoreline with 90,000 miles. If you combined California, Florida and Hawaii’s shorelines, Minnesota would still triumph. Image Source: Flickr
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    Anti-Smoking: Minnesota is touted as a stringent anti-smoking state. 1975’s Clean Indoor Air Act marked revolutionary smoking restrictions and legislative trends continue today. Image Source: Flickr
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    Scandinavians: Minnesota claims the highest Scandinavian American population out of any state with an estimated 1,269,320 population. Image Source: Flickr