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Mayor Coleman’s back-handed compliment to Minneapolis: Congrats on No. 12 rating

Bloomberg’s BusinessWeek published a list of the top 50 cities in the U.S. this week, and the Twin Cities came out looking good.

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, in fact, tweeted his congratulations to Minneapolis for being ranked  No. 12.

St. Paul, meanwhile, ranked No. 10.

The list was based on “leisure attributes (the number of restaurants, bars, libraries, museums, professional sports teams, and park acres by population), educational attributes (public school performance, the number of colleges, and rate of graduate-degree holders), economic factors (income and unemployment), crime, and air quality.”

San Francisco was No. 1.

For St. Paul, the dramatic picture used was the downtown skyline, looking from Raspberry Island and including the underside of the Wabasha Street Bridge.

And it says:

St. Paul may be the smaller of the Twin Cities, but the state capital is also cleaner and safer, if slightly behind Minneapolis in median household income. St. Paul, which houses parts of the University of Minnesota campus, is known for its examples of Victorian architecture, such as the Alexander Ramsey House, and for its distinctive Cathedral of Saint Paul.


Bars: 51
Restaurants: 515
Museums: 19
Libraries: 26
Pro sports teams: 3
Park acres per 1,000 residents: 14
Colleges: 9
Percent with graduate degree: 10.9
Median household income: $60,987
Percent unemployed: 6.3

The take on Minneapolis:

Known as the City of Lakes, Minneapolis has some the nation’s best parks and bodies of water. Add in the cold, and you get the local University of Minnesota’s combined eleven ice hockey national championships. Downtown Minneapolis beats the cold with a unique network of connected buildings, with the City Center mall at its core.

Bars: 97
Restaurants: 969
Museums: 21
Libraries: 25
Pro sports teams: 4
Park acres per 1,000 residents: 13
Colleges: 8
Percent with graduate degree: 12.5
Median household income: $64,095
Percent unemployed: 5.7.

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Nick Magrino on 09/28/2012 - 07:23 pm.

    The St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota is actually located in Falcon Heights. Jeez, and these rankings are usually so scientific and rigorously researched! It’s almost like they’re done by folks who would think City Center deserves to be mentioned in a three sentence blurb about Minneapolis. Er…

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