Is Minneapolis the worst place to live in Minnesota?
If we're to believe online content farm 24/7 Wall St.'s latest listicle -- and we shouldn't -- the answer is a resounding, click-attracting "yes."
The "study," which is headlined "Worst Cities to Live in Every State," required three bylines to produce, none of whom arrived at the more accurate alternative header: Major Cities in Every State. That's because much of the data used to determine "worst" -- crime rates, cost of living, poverty rates, etc. -- are reflective of most urban centers, not necessarily overall quality of life.
When 24/7 Wall St. places Minneapolis in its dubious cross-hairs, it points to a poverty rate (19.5 percent) that's nearly double the statewide average (10.2 percent); living costs that soar 4.3 percent (!) above the national average; and the fact Minneapolis is "by far" the most violent city in the state.
For a state like Minnesota, which has few population-dense cities from which to choose, you'll hardly find any "worst" candidates, considering the criteria. Here are some other shitty places to live, according to 24/7 Wall St.: Anchorage, Honolulu, Des Moines, Louisville, Tucson, Omaha, Las Vegas, Fargo, Memphis, Rapid City, Cheyenne, Salt Lake City, and Milwaukee.
Before you relocate to Willmar, consider the following:
-- Minneapolis is the fittest city in the U.S.
-- It's the cleanest
-- It's third-most literate (and fourth for garden gnome appreciation!)
-- It's tied (with St. Paul) for the best parks
-- Crime rates have been dropping in Hennepin County for years
-- At the Capitol, Minneapolis-St. Paul plays the villain, but, ultimately, pays the bills
-- All this amazing stuff
Does Minneapolis have problems? Sure, all major metropolitan areas do. The achievement gap, police shootings, North Side neglect, affordable housing, and other issues will challenge the area for years.
That said, Minneapolis rules. But, if you wanna vent and talk a lil shit, join this ragingly popular Twitter convo sparked by City Pages writer Jerard Fagerberg, who happens to be a proud Minneapolitan.