Downtown Minneapolis’s entertainment options, high percentage of new homeowners, proximity to lakes and parks and location on the Mississippi River earned it the No. 2 spot on a Livability.com list of the top downtown areas in the United States.
Northfield, Minnesota was just named one the second best small town in the country, according to newly released rankings. The town, which houses St. Olaf and Carleton Colleges, ranked among the best locales “that inspire both creativity and activity.”
Alexandria, Minn. ranked by a travel website as one of the nation’s best small towns. Livability.com ranks Alexandria number seven on their “Top 10 Best Small Towns” list. The website calls Alexandria “one of the fastest growing micropolitan areas in the country,” with great natural beauty, a plethora of outdoor activity options and charming shops and structures.