MN Top Companies
16 Minnesota Companies Make Forbes’ Global 2000 List (2011)
16 Minnesota companies are on the first-ever Global 2000 list of the world’s largest publicly traded companies. In compiling the list, Forbes considered four equally-weighted factors – company sales, profits, assets and market value.
Minnesota companies, in rank-order, include:
- UnitedHealth Group, No, 106
- U.S. Bancorp, No. 131
- Target, No. 155
- 3M, No. 190
- Medtronic, No. 247
- Ameriprise Financial, No. 371
- Best Buy, No. 388
- General Mills, No 410
- Mosaic, No. 476
- Xcel Energy, No. 545
- St. Jude Medical, No. 833
- C.H. Robinson Worldwide, No. 1001
- Ecolab, No. 1049
- Supervalu, No. 1184
- Hormel Foods, No. 1218
- Fastenal, No. 1809
Twin Cities Colleges & Universities
Minneapolis colleges and universities serve students from around the world. Here's a list of Minneapolis colleges and universities, St. Paul colleges and universities, and colleges and universities in the Twin Cities metro area.
The University of Minnesota
Campus in Minneapolis on the east & west of the Mississippi River, & a smaller campus in St. Paul.
Private Liberal Arts Colleges
> Augsburg College,
> Carleton College,
> St. Catherine University,
> Concordia University,
> Hamline University,
> Macalester College,
> St. Olaf College,
> University of St. Thomas,
St. Paul, Minneapolis.
Private Colleges & Universities
> Adler Graduate School,
> Bethel University,
Christian undergraduate, graduate, seminary, and adult education programs, Arden Hills.
> College of Visual Arts,
art and design, St. Paul.
> Crown College,
Christian college, St. Bonifacius.
> Dunwoody College of Technology,
vocational college, Minneapolis.
> Luther Seminary, St. Paul
> MCAD, Minneapolis College of Art and Design,
> North Central University,
mostly residential bible college, Minneapolis.
> Northwestern College,
non-denominational Christian college, Roseville.
> William Mitchell College of Law,
Minnesota State Universities
> Metropolitan State University,
St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses.
Minnesota State Colleges -
Community Colleges & Technical Colleges
> Anoka Technical College,
> Anoka-Ramsey Community College,
Coon Rapids, Cambridge.
> Century College,
White Bear Lake.
> Dakota County Technical College,
> Hennepin Technical College,
Brooklyn Park, Eden Prairie.
> Inver Hills Community College,
Inver Grove Heights.
> Minneapolis Community & Technical College,
> Normandale Community College,
> North Hennepin Community College,
> Saint Paul College, St. Paul.
For-Profit Colleges & Universities
> Aveda Institute,
hair styling and cosmetology, Minneapolis.
> Brown College,
radio, design, technology, criminal justice, Mendota Heights.
> Minnesota School of Business & Globe College,
Brooklyn Center, Blaine, Lakeville, Plymouth, Richfield, Shakopee, Woodbury.
> Minnesota School of Cosmetology,
> National American University,
health care and business programs, Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Roseville, Minnetonka.
> Rasmussen College,
heathcare, justice, criminal, technology, education programs,
Eagan, Eden Prairie, Brooklyn Park, Lake Elmo/Woodbury.
> Walden University,
psychology, management, administration, health and education programs, Minneapolis.
Cities For Singles?
Minneapolis #3 For Singles
Night Life: 19
Job Growth: 14
Cost Of Living Alone: 28
Online Dating Rank: 6
Percentage of population
not married: 26.4%
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MSP Innovative Technology Rankings
Minneapolis Is 4th Most Socially Networked City in America, Says Men’s Health (2011)
Minneapolis ranked fourth on Men’s Health magazine’s 2011 list of the “most socially networked cities.” Minnesota’s most populous city earned an A+ grade. Just across the river, Saint Paul ranked 29th on the list of plugged-in cities. Men’s Health compiled the list, which includes 100 major U.S. cities.
Minnesota Beats National Average for Broadband Service (2011)
Minnesota has more households with broadband service, and more residents with access to higher-speed broadband Internet (50 megabits per second or more) than the national average, according to a study conducted by Connect Minnesota in partnership with the Minnesota Broadband Task Force and the Minnesota Department of Commerce. According to the study, 72% of Minnesota households have broadband service, compared to 67% nationally. Nearly 97% of Minnesota households have access to broadband.
Minneapolis Ranks Among World’s Most Successful Cities, Reports New Scientist (2010)
Minneapolis is one of 10 U.S. cities to top New Scientist’s personality test of the world’s most successful cities. Unlike most city ratings based on per capital indicators, New Scientist adjusted for a population bias which makes large cities look more unusual than they actually are. Researchers called this adjustment “super-linear scaling.” They concluded “that some supposedly exceptional cities, such as New York, are in fact quite ordinary.
Minnesota Ranks Second Nationally in Med-Tech Jobs (2010)
Minnesota boasts the second-highest number of medical technology jobs in the country, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Advanced Medical Technology Association. With more than three times the national average. The jobs make up more than 1% of the state’s total employment, the highest proportion of any state in the nation.
Twin Cities Named 12th in Innovation by Forbes (2010)
In Forbes’ first-ever ranking of “America's Most Innovative Cities,” Minneapolis/Saint Paul ranked 12th among the 100 largest MSAs. The list is based on patents and venture capital investment per capita, as well as concentrations of high-tech, science and "creative" jobs. Not coincidentally, most of the highly ranked cities on the list boasted a major university. In the case of Metro MSP, it’s the University of Minnesota.
Minneapolis Makes “Fast Cities” List for Wireless Efforts (2010)
Minneapolis made Fast Company magazine’s 2010 list of “Fast Cities,” thanks to its efforts to make broadband available to everyone. The annual list takes the “best and boldest ideas” from across the nation and recognizes cities for the strides they’ve made.
Minnesota Ranks High in Internet Access (2010)
Minnesota is one of the top states in the country for Internet access, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The North Star State is No. 4 for individuals with access to the Internet from some location, with more than 76% of Minnesotans having access somewhere. Nationwide, the average was just over 68%.
Minneapolis vrs. St. Paul, Compared
Minneapolis, and St. Paul are commonly known as the Twin Cities. Both cities are on the Mississippi river. Minneapolis is largely west of the Mississippi river, and St. Paul is fully east of the Mississippi river. St. Paul is the capital of the state of Minnesota. They are adjacent cities that make up the core of the 16th most populace metropolitan area in the United States with of about 3.5 million people; Minneapolis proper being around 373 thousand, and St. Paul 273 thousand as of the 2006 census estimate. The remaining population is in the surrounding suburbs.
|Population (2006)||372,833 ||273,535 |
|Land Area (sq miles)||54 ||52 |
|Land Area (acres)||35,130 ||33,920 |
|Population Density per sq Mile||6970 ||5441 |
|White Persons||65.1%||67.0% |
|Black Persons||18.0% ||11.7% |
|Asians||6.1% ||1.1% |
|American Indian||2.2%||12.4 |
|Bachelors Degrees||37.4% ||32.0% |
|Total Park Area (acres)||5,844 ||4,970|
|Park Area as Percent of Total Land||16.6% ||14.7% |
|Number of US Tallest 100 Skyscrapers||3||0|
|Major League Baseball Team||Minnesota Twins|
|National Football League Team||Minnesota Vikings|
|National Basketball Association Team||MN Timberwolves|
|National Hockey League Team||Minnesota Wild|
|Women National Basketball Association Team||Minnesota Lynx|
|American Association Team (minor league baseball)||St. Paul Saints|
|National Lacross League|
"Minneapolis (city) QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau." State and County QuickFacts. Web. 17 June 2010. <http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/27/2743000.html>.
"St. Paul (city) QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau." State and County QuickFacts. Web. 17 June 2010. <http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/27/2758000.html>.
"Total Parkland as Percent of City Land Area." Total Parkland as Percent of City Land Area. The Trust for Public Land. Web. 17 June 2010. <http://www.tpl.org/content_documents/citypark_facts/ccpe_TotalAcresPercentofLandArea_08.pdf>.
National Rankings - Minneapolis
Minnesota Ranks in Top 10 for Making a Living (2011)
In a 2011 study by MoneyRates.com, Minnesota ranked among the top 10 states for ease in finding a job that allows one to live in comfort. The rankings were based on “adjusted average income,” and low-tax states did especially well.
Minnesota Reports Record Exports in Manufactured Products (2011)
Minnesota exported $4.6 billion in manufactured products during the fourth quarter of 2010 – setting a new quarterly record and rounding out a positive year, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Quarterly exports were $631 million, up 16% from the fourth quarter of 2009. Total 2010 exports were $17 billion, a jump of 17%.
Minneapolis Tops List of Best U.S. Cities for Finding Employment (2011)
Minneapolis is the best city in the country for workers to find employment, according to a March 2011 study in Forbes. Minneapolis tops the list for having low unemployment and a variety of industries where people can find work. The city received high marks for being home to several large companies that have recently stepped up their hiring. Researchers also pointed out that Minneapolis has a high standard of living, with low crime, low poverty and a relatively low cost of living – all factors that improve livability for a work force. The study was conducted by the recruiting firm of Ajilon Professional Staffing.
Twin Cities Wage Growth No. 2 in U.S. (2011)
Workers in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul region did better than their counterparts in most U.S. cities in 2010, with wages increasing 3.9%, according to statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That's the second-best growth rate among the nation's 15 biggest metro areas. The main reason: the lower-than-average unemployment rate in the Metro MSP region.
Minnesota Outpaced Nation in Biobusiness Growth (2011)
Minnesota outpaced the nation in the growth of its biobusiness technology industry by increasing the sector’s workforce by 20% and continuing to expand its strongest sub-sector – medical devices. The news was announced in a 2011 report commissioned by The BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota. While national numbers have fluctuated over time, Minnesota’s have remained consistently above the national norm throughout the previous decade.
Minnesota’s medical devices sub-sector, as a percentage of its biobusiness technology employment, was 77% during the five year span. That’s more than twice the national average.
Minneapolis/Saint Paul Among 10 Hottest Job Markets, Says Monster.com (2011)
Job-matching website Monster.com ranked Minneapolis/Saint Paul among the 10 hottest markets for job seekers in 2011. The Twin Cities market was sixth on the national list.
Forbes Names Twin Cities Among Best Job Markets in U.S. (2011)
Forbes named the Minneapolis/Saint Paul region the fourth top job market in the nation in its January 2011 report, “America’s Best and Worst job Markets.”
Minneapolis/Saint Paul’s Post-recession Economy Ranks Among Strongest in Nation and World (2010)
The Minneapolis/Saint Paul metro area has one of the top-performing economies in the United States, according to the “Global MetroMonitor” report published in November 2010 by The Brookings Institution and London School of Economics. The report compared the economies of 150 global metropolitan areas. It ranked the Twin Cities sixth among U.S. markets – and 44th globally – for the "recovery" period of 2009 and 2010.
Minnesota Is Positioned to Compete in New Economy (Minnesota 13th nationally) (2010)
Minnesota is positioned well – and better than much of the Midwest – to compete in the new economy, according to the “2010 State New Economy Index.” The study, conducted by the Ewing Marion Kaufman Foundation and The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, ranked Minnesota 13th nationally.
Minnesota Moves up in Forbes Best-for-Business List (2010)
Minnesota increased its ranking in Forbes 2010 list of best states for businesses and careers from 17th to 15th. The state earned its above-par ranking by placing fourth nationally in quality of life, eighth in labor supply, and 13th in growth prospects.
Minnesota Is Fourth in Nation for Job Market Growth (2010)
Minnesota added more jobs in the last 12 months than all but three states, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor data released in August 2010. The state added 23,200 new non-farm jobs from July 2009 through July 2010. Of the 13 states with the fastest-growing job markets, Minnesota has the lowest unemployment rate of 6.8%.
Metro MSP Ranks Top for Med-tech (2010)
The Minneapolis/Saint Paul metro region leads the nation in developing and manufacturing medical devices and equipment, according to a July 2010 economic development ranking of major metro areas published by Business Facilities magazine. The magazine also ranked the Twin Cities eighth on its list of greenest cities, and eighth for quality of life. In the same issue, Minnesota was ranked the No. 3 wind power generating state, behind Texas and Iowa. Minnesota also ranked sixth in quality of life.
Minnesota Outperforms Most States in Job Growth (2010)
Minnesota ranked 11th in a review of employment trends in the U.S. conducted by Portfolio.com and bizjournals. That’s a big jump from 2009, when the state ranked 28th. Portfolio.com.
Twin Cities MSA Ranks 14th in Total Exports (2010)
The 13 Twin Cities ranked 14th nationally in total exports produced in 2008, according to a 2010 report released by the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings. The report compared exports in the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas. The Twin Cities’ largest export industry was machinery, which produced almost $19 billion in revenues.
Minneapolis Makes Businessweek’s Top 10 Best Cities for New Grads (2010)
Minneapolis broke into Bloomberg Businessweek’s top 10 “Best Cities for New College Grads,” ranking No. 6 nationally.
Minnesota Ranks Among “America’s Top States for Business,” Says CNBC (2010)
CNBC ranked Minnesota 8th on its 2010 list of “America’s Top States for Business,” tied with Utah. The study considered 40 different measures of competitiveness, grouped into 10 weighted categories. Minnesota scored exceptionally high in two areas: its healthy, diverse economy, and its strong education system.
Minneapolis/Saint Paul Named Third Best Market for Young Professionals by Forbes (2010)
The Minneapolis/Saint Paul region placed 3rd in Forbes’ 2010 listing of “America’s Best Cities for Young Professionals.”
Minnesota Ranks 15th Lowest in Effective Business Tax Comparison (2010)
Minnesota ranked 15th lowest in the eighth annual state-by-state comparison of Total Effective Business tax Rates (TEBTR) published in 2010 by the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Council of State Taxation in partnership with Ernst & Young. TEBTR measures the effective tax rate on the private sector economy as a percent of Gross State Product (GSP). It includes ten categories of state and local taxes paid by businesses and is considered an important measure of state competitiveness. Minnesota’s TEBTR of 4.3% is the lowest in the five-state region and compared favorably against the national average of 4.7%.
Minneapolis Named “Top Ten Boom Town” for Job Growth in Next Decade (2010)
Minneapolis was named a top ten “Boom Town” by BNET, CBS’ Business Network in 2010. Like all the Boom Towns on the list, Minneapolis is home to notable research institutions, has solid technology-based sectors, and is a great place to live. It was singled out for offering “practical jobs in practically every field.”
MSP for Small Business
MSP 12th Nationally
for Small Business Creation
The Minneapolis/Saint Paul region ranks 12th in the nation for small business creation, according to The Business Journals 2011 study . The top 100 large U.S. metro areas were compared on their ability to create and develop small businesses over the last year. The Twin Cites’ performance has improved markedly since 2009, when it ranked 40th. Criteria included growth rates in population, employment and small business openings. Small businesses are defined as “private-sector employers with fewer than 100 workers.”
Source: The Business Journals
Mpls Sister Cities
Minneapolis’ Sister Cities program was established in 1961 with the first of 10 Sister City of Santiago, Chile.
- Cuernavaca, Mexico
- Eldoret, Kenya
- Harbin, China
- Ibaraki City, Japan
- Kuopio, Finland
- Novosibirsk, Russia
- Tours, France
- Uppsala, Sweden
- Newest sister city Najaf, Iraq
Minneapolis’s Sister Cities program provides global connections and exchanges between international cities and the residents of Minneapolis, for the purpose of creating cultural awareness and fostering mutually beneficial opportunities. These relationships are supported and implemented by local citizen groups in Minneapolis and have also been accredited by Sister Cities International in Washington, D.C.
St Paul Sister Cities
In 1955 Nagasaki, Japan became the first Sister Cities.
The St. Paul Sister City program utilizes the following Sister Cities International goals as Sister City committee guidelines:
- To develop partnerships between U.S. cities, counties, and states and similar jurisdictions of other nations
- To create opportunities for all people to experience and explore other cultures through long-term partnerships
- To create an atmosphere in which economic development and trade can be developed, implemented, and strengthened
- To stimulate environments through which partnerships can creatively learn, work, and solve problems together
- To collaborate with other organizations, both in the United States and in other countries, that have similar goals