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3 Facts to Know Before Moving to Minneapolis
Are you anticipating your big move to Minneapolis? Rest easy because Minneapolis is the 9th best place to live in the United States.
You can also enjoy low unemployment rates and home prices well below other major metropolitan cities like Los Angeles and New York City.
But that’s just the start.
Here are more facts about moving to Minneapolis to make your transition even easier.
If you haven’t packed warm clothes yet, we suggest you stock up now. You might want to add a pair of snow pants to your wardrobe if you don’t already own a pair!
Yes, folks, Minneapolis gets cold–exceptionally cold. However, it’s far more manageable than people think. The coldest months are January and February where it’s not uncommon to see temperatures fall below 0 or even -15 degrees. An average winter day in Minneapolis is usually 10 degrees.
Keeping this in mind, expect snowstorms and even an occasional blizzard as well. It’s important to take necessary precautions during these months and stock up on snow shovels, windshield scrapers, car covers, weather seal tape, and portable power sources. Download a good weather app so you can be prepared for what is coming.
The good news is Minnesota has the tools and equipment to handle snow removal quickly and efficiently.
Minneapolis may be known for its cold winters, but don’t be fooled, it’s also prone to sizzling hot summers. If you’re moving to Minneapolis during warm weather months, take the following precautions:
- Keep young children and pets cool at all times
- Keep plenty of water on hand
- Take plenty of breaks
- Leave any heavy lifting to professionals
- Start in the morning while it’s still cool
- Take extra care of items that don’t fare well in hot weather
Preparing for severe winters and summers is not only safety precaution, but saves money on last-minute supplies, bills, and even your health.
A City for the Arts
Minneapolis is home to a flourishing arts scene where there is something for everyone to appreciate!
Local musicians have a strong following, and popular music fans are fortunate enough to have a choice of concerts to see on the weekends.
There are three major art galleries, demonstrating Minneapolis’ appreciation of the arts through these highly recognized museums.
Also, the performing arts are stellar. The Minnesota Orchestra performs in Orchestra Hall, and national and international artists perform modern and classical dance at Northrop Auditorium.
The theater district, on the west side of Minneapolis, boasts numerous outstanding theater venues. The most notable is the Guthrie Theater. Located on the picturesque Mississippi River, the Guthrie Theater complex has three individual stages, a full-service restaurant, two casual restaurants, and a cocktail lounge and is home to some of the most acclaimed theater in the country.
Outdoor Activities Rule
Even with the extreme weather, Minnesotans embrace the great outdoors and enjoy tons of outside adventures in the land of 10,000 lakes.
Minneapolis alone has more than 22 lakes! Residents and visitors kayak, canoe, and jet ski in the summer, then when the winds change, the lakes freeze and the snows fall, people ice fish, cross country ski, or lace up a pair of skates and play pond hockey!
Minneapolis has also become a haven for bicyclists and is rated as a top city for biking. You can enjoy the Minneapolis bike tour, the city’s bike share program, and several scenic bike trails.
Moving to Minneapolis Starts Now!
Feel a little more confident about your big move?
Don’t forget; a new chapter awaits in Minneapolis. The last thing you want is a stressful move to get in the way of settling in. Keep these facts on-hand when moving to Minneapolis, and don’t hesitate to call a professional to cut down on moving day stress.
A successful move is priceless.