Minneapolis is a city known by many names: City of Lakes, Mill City, the Mini Apple, and with its neighbor St. Paul, the Twin Cities. The larger of the twins, this city is a regional hub for culture, the arts, economics, sports, and entertainment. It is situated on both banks of the Mississippi River just past its confluence with the Minnesota River. Looking for a new home to purchase in the Minneapolis area couldn't be any easier than with Homes.com.
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Minneapolis is the county seat of Hennepin County, and though it is comparatively modest in size on its own, when you take into account the nearly four million residents in the greater metropolitan area, you can see that you'll be dealing with a major urban area. The city of Minneapolis is composed of eleven official communities, each made up of somewhere between four and thirteen individual neighborhoods. The city was divided into its current communities and neighborhoods during the last decade of the twentieth century as a part of the city-wide Neighborhood Revitalization Program, or NRP. In the years since, Minneapolis has seen its communities and neighborhoods benefit from an urban renewal program that would be the envy of any town. The city also has several locally recognized, commerce-driven, yet unofficial districts. Among these, Uptown is the best known for shopping; Eat Street is the best known for international restaurants; and Dinkytown is best known for its student life and proximity to the University of Minnesota. Regardless of which neighborhoods you select in searching for your new home, Minneapolis is sure to have something to match your needs and desires. The area is home to five Fortune 500 corporations: Target, Ameriprise Financial, Xcel Energy, U.S. Bancorp, and Thrivent Financial. These companies, along with the University of Minnesota, regional healthcare systems Allina Health and Fairview Health Services, Wells Fargo, and Hennepin County, are the main employers. The city is well stocked with arts and entertainment options too, and attracts national and international touring talent to its many theaters and concert venues. Minneapolis also boasts a thriving local arts scene, that includes music, theater, a collection of well-appointed museums, a robust spoken word and writing community, and several professional and collegiate sports teams, as well.
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