Minnesota is known for its idiosyncratic social and political orientations and its high rate of civic participation and voter turnout. Until European settlement, Minnesota was inhabited by the Dakota and Ojibwa/Anishinaabe. The large majority of the original European settlers emigrated from Scandinavia and Germany, and the state remains a center of Scandinavian American and German American culture. Minnesota's standard of living is among the highest in the United States, and the state is also among the best-educated and wealthiest in the nation.
The Natural Beauty of Minnesota
After you move, you'll want to make some time to enjoy the state's natural beauty. Minnesota's first state park, Itasca State Park, was established in 1891, and is the source of the Mississippi River. Today Minnesota has 72 state parks and recreation areas, 58 state forests covering about four million acres, and numerous state wildlife preserves. There are 5.5 million acres in the Chippewa and Superior National Forests. The Superior National Forest in the northeast contains the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, which encompasses over a million acres and a thousand lakes. To the west is Voyageurs National Park.
The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (MNRRA), is a 72-mile-long corridor along the Mississippi River through the Minneapolis–St. Paul Metropolitan Area connecting a variety of sites of historic, cultural, and geologic interest. With mountains, rivers, prairies, a Great Lake (Lake Superior) and an abundance of natural beauty, Minnesota is an outdoors-person's dream, especially if they like cold winters.
Sports fans moving to Minnesota will happy to know all four major professional leagues are represented: Major League Baseball with the Minnesota Twins, National Football League with the Minnesota Vikings, National Basketball Association with the Timberwolves, and National Hockey League with the Wild, and the University of Minnesota is part of the oldest major college conference still running, the Big Ten.