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Minnesota - A Family-Friendly State

Updated on February 9, 2018

Whether you’re in the early planning stages or you’re a few years deep into parenting, it’s never the wrong time to assess your situation and see if a positive change is in order. The pressure is always on for you to create a happy, safe and opportunity-filled life for your children, your partner and yourself. Wouldn’t it be nice to feel confident that your family has what they need to thrive?

When it comes down to it, making decisions based on what’s going to work best for the way you want to raise your children should be your top priority. As you know, one of the most important decisions you have to make in the planning process is where. Where do you want your kids to call home? Where do you want to work for the next 18+ years of your life? What kind of community do you want your children to identify with? Everyone has a different version of what’s perfect for them and doing your research will help you figure out what that looks like. Clearly, if you’re reading this right now you’re ahead of the curve.

Minnesota, a state known for being home to the Twin Cities, over 10,000 lakes, plenty of things to do no matter your budget and a below-average unemployment rate, can be the place where your entire family finds happiness and comfort. Everyone has different priorities, but when it comes to our children we’re likely to put education, safety and security above all else.

A quick look at Minnesota will reveal that it can check each of those boxes. Take a look at some of the state’s best qualities making it the perfect place to settle down for new or established families alike.

Minneapolis was rated America's Healthiest City in 2015.

— Livability

In terms of health and wellness, Minnesota is rated number three in the country for its health care. Not only can you rest easy knowing that your children will have access to quality care, but your family as a whole will feel safe and secure as adults are getting the care they need to be around for the long-term.

Minnesota is also home to America’s Healthiest City according to Livability. Minneapolis has a major focus on health and assures that its residents have access to a variety of healthy activities including hiking, biking, swimming, kayaking and more. More than 87% of the city’s residents prioritize physical activity and make time to exercise on a regular basis. Being in a town that strives to be healthy will make it easier for you and your family to do the same.

Education is a priority

Educational opportunities will make all the difference in the lives of your children. The things they learn and experience in their early education will be a major force in helping them succeed later on in life.

Out of all 50 United States, Minnesota is rated number eleven for its focus on education. This is mostly due to its overall score as the eighth best state for Pre-K-12, averaging the scores for Minnesota in terms of college readiness, high school graduation rate and math/reading test scores.

Textbook learning is reinforced everywhere

For your children to reach their full potential, it’s important that there are educational opportunities available beyond the bell. In Minnesota, there are a ton of kid-friendly museums that will expose your children to history, science, art and more. Many of them also give your family the chance to do some hands-on learning, introducing them to different career paths they could one day follow.

At the Minnesota Children’s Museums in St. Paul and Rochester, children and adults will learn through play. The two locations have repeatedly been rated among the top children’s museums in America. New exhibits are introduced frequently. Your kids will have so much fun, they won’t realize they’re learning along the way.

Another Minnesota family favorite, The Works Museum combines hands-on fun with the elements of engineering and design for kids of all ages. At their Experience Gallery, kids will have the opportunity to explore and learn by playing with the most basic aspects of engineering.

The Duluth Children’s Museum is all about imagination. There are several exhibits, programs and activities centered around creativity, playing and learning. This museum even has a stage where children can dress up and perform their favorite song for their family.

Fun for everyone in the family

No matter the age or interest, the state of Minnesota has something to offer. For the sports fanatics, the Twin Cities house a professional football, baseball, hockey, men and women basketball teams. For the outdoor enthusiast, there are a plethora of trails and parks across the state. For art lovers, there are many known theaters and galleries. Some of the most known are the Guthrie Theater, Cedar Cultural Center and the Walker Art Center. The Mall of America alone can satisfy every need for the shopaholics. It is the nation’s largest shopping and entertainment destination, with 520 stores, 50 restaurants and the largest indoor Nickelodeon theme park for the little ones.

© 2018 Haley Kieser


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      2 years ago

      Great read. Love that health and education are a top priority. I had no idea that Minneapolis was voted the healthiest US city a few years back - good for them.

      I would love to check out Moose Mountain someday... Thanks for sharing!

    • Haleykieser profile imageAUTHOR

      Haley Kieser 

      2 years ago from Arizona

      @jaldy - The one downfall about Minnesota... Vikings football. Go Pack!

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      2 years ago

      Not to mention...Vikings footballs!!! SKOL

      Great read, I really enjoyed this.

    • Haleykieser profile imageAUTHOR

      Haley Kieser 

      2 years ago from Arizona

      @Jayson - Glad you enjoyed the article! I encourage you to visit. I think you'd be surprised how much Minnesota has to offer.

    • Jayson Goetzz profile image

      Jayson Goetzz 

      2 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      I have several friends from Minnesota who can't say enough positive things about it. I haven't been out yet myself, but it is at the top of my list. Great article! Might've inspired me to take the leap, haha

    • Haleykieser profile imageAUTHOR

      Haley Kieser 

      2 years ago from Arizona

      @Bede - Yes, the bugs can be worse than other areas. I think that speaks for the Midwest as a whole. And an appreciation for the cold is a must!

    • Bede le Venerable profile image


      2 years ago from Minnesota

      Good job Haley. I've lived in Minnesota for the last 20 years, and I can attest that it's a good place with friendly people. The bugs in the summer can be annoying and you have to have some appreciation for cold weather...other than that, it's great.

    • Haleykieser profile imageAUTHOR

      Haley Kieser 

      2 years ago from Arizona

      @Lauren Flauding - If you love the cold, Minnesota is a great place. I encourage you to visit during both times of the year. Summers are beautiful. And if you are okay with cold, I'm sure you will fall in love. I'm in Arizona right now as well. The Midwest was a great getaway and I miss it so much!

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      Brad Flenn 

      2 years ago

      I've been to the Minnesota Children’s Museums in St. Paul, it's a great place to take kids. I used to take my neighbor's kids there when I was babysitting for them. I would definitely recommend taking your kids there!

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      Lauren Flauding 

      2 years ago from Sahuarita, AZ

      I’ve always wanted to visit Minnesota and have actually toyed with the idea of raising my kids there, so these are some good things to think about, especially the educational opportunities. And I love the cold! (We’re currently in Southern Arizona and the heat is killing me!)


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