Living in Minnesota

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The Academic Health Center invites you to explore the great state of Minnesota as you consider working and/or studying at the University of Minnesota. This is your guide to living in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Get to know Minnesota

Minnesota. The North Star State. The Land of 10,000 Lakes. Whatever you call it, Minnesota’s natural beauty and cultural appeal is evident everywhere you turn.


Learn more about what Minnesota has to offer by watching this short video produced by the University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.

Natural beauty
The state's name comes from a Dakota word for "sky-tinted water.” In fact, water is so abundant here that the state boasts more shoreline than Florida, California, and Hawaii combined. Its lakes and rivers, together with forests, parks, and wilderness areas, offer a wealth of recreational opportunities.

Healthy, wealthy, and wise
Minnesotans share your values of health and wellness. Always landing in the top of the lists of healthy and active states, its residents are avid bikers, boaters, golfers, and skaters. An ambitious bunch, they’re also some of the most educated and well-read. Its major cities often rank as the most literate in the country and have a per-capita percentage of college graduates, outnumbering nearly all other places. With all of those bright minds, Minnesota has cultivated a diverse economy including leaders in the medical device, animal science, food, and pharmaceutical industries. 

Twin Cities

Twin CitiesTogether, Minneapolis and Saint Paul combine to form what locals call the Twin Cities. The main University of Minnesota campus is nestled in this major urban area of 3 million residents.

It’s green and lush, just like the rest of the state, but its urban core also pulses with the energy of a vibrant social scene. Arts, culture, professional sports, shopping, and culinary experiences abound. Living here, you’ll have access to all the big city amenities you want, but with the ease and friendliness of a small town. 


DuluthContrasting with the hustle and bustle of the Twin Cities, Duluth has a relaxed atmosphere. The city of 87,000 sits in a northern, scenic part of the state on the banks of Lake Superior – the largest freshwater lake in the world. The harbor it shares with its Superior, Wisconsin neighbor is the world’s largest inland port, also making the area an important shipping locale.

Just minutes outside the city, you’ll find open spaces, flourishing forests, and amazing wildlife. Native American communities are a vibrant part of the area’s culture, and are an important part of the mission of the Duluth campus.