Best & Worst States: What is Minnesota no. 1 at?

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The United States acquired Minnesota as a territory in 1849. St. Anthony Falls was used as a source of power by early settlers to control the sawmills in the region that were later used to shape Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Fort Snelling prompted more families to move to the area as the government became involved. In May 1858, it became the 32nd state.

The state's early economy was in a constant state of flux due to the Civil War and Dakota War of 1862. When the railroad finally arrived, immigrants established an agricultural economy in the area. Innovative milling techniques improved timber production, and more goods were available on the market.

The iron ore in the region contributed significantly to the development of Minnesota as well. After the Second World War, the state's arts community flourished, and its early technology sector gained prominence. Two Harbors and Duluth provided the state with a shipping industry.

Here are the best things about Minnesota:

Best: Robust job market

CNBC ranked Minnesota as the top state in America in terms of business in 2015. There are several metropolitan areas in Minnesota with abundant job opportunities, but countless career options also exist. Best Buy, 3M, and UnitedHealth Group all have a presence in the area, plus 17 Fortune 500 companies. According to 2019 statistics, unemployment hovers around 3%, which is close to the national average. Additionally, you'll earn more than the federal minimum wage since the state requires $9.65 per hour. There aren't many rates like that in the entire Midwest. 

Best: The monstrous Mall of America

The Mall of America is a monster of a mall. The steel used in its construction weighed more than 133,000 tons. Its size makes it large enough to fit 258 Statues of Liberty inside of it. One could even fit seven baseball stadiums in there if every store had a separate entrance; there are so many there that you can't see them all at once. You can even ride rollercoasters in the indoor theme park. As a result of its size and the number of people who visit it every day, it has its counterterrorism unit.

Remember that good thing have an end, so let us examine a few of the worst thing in Minnesota:

Worst: Mosquitoes feast on you during summer

The summers are typically cool because the city is in the upper Midwest; however, it gets warm enough for insects to play.  Mosquitoes thrive in the state's thousands of lakes, which are perfect breeding grounds. Sugar beets might be Minnesota's most significant industry, but its number of bites from those bloodsucking creatures is also at the top. For a variety of outdoor activities that await you here, you'll need to utilize a good bug repellent.

Best: Caribou coffee

Washington may be known for Starbucks coffee, but Caribou Coffee is Minnesota's contribution to that conversation. You will find one of these establishments almost on every street corner in the Twin Cities if you decide to move there. Having a specialty drink by the fireplace can be a relaxing experience if you have the winter blues because it's so cold outside, and you're tired of looking at snow.

Changing your morning pick-me-up routine can be jarring for some people who are used to a different option.

Bonus: Fun facts about Minnesota

  1. Halsey Hal was the first baseball commentator to say 'Holy Cow' during a broadcast.
  2. Bloomington's Mall of America is the size of 78 football fields - 9.5 million square feet.
  3. Minnesota inventions include masking tape, Wheaties cereal, Bisquick, HMOs, the bundt pan, Aveda beauty products, and Green Giant vegetables.
  4. Duluth is accessible by ocean-going ships thanks to the St. Lawrence Seaway, which opened in 1959.
  5. Old Log Theater is the oldest continuously operating theater in the city, and Chanhassen Dinner Theater is the largest.
  6. St. Paul was initially called Pig's Eye. The settlement got its name after the French-Canadian whiskey trader Pierre "Pig's Eye" Parrant, who led settlers to the settlement.
  7. At the Mill Pond dam on the Pelican River, right in downtown Pelican Rapids, stands the world's most enormous pelican, a 15 1/2-foot tall concrete sculpture built-in 1957.
  8. One of the most extensive urban sculpture gardens in the country, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is in Minneapolis.
  9. The Guthrie Theater is one of the largest regional theaters in the country.
  10. Downtown Minneapolis is connected by 52 blocks of skyways that allow people to live, eat, work, and shop without ever leaving the area.


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