Living in Minneapolis
Posted in the Minneapolis Forum
#1 Apr 30, 2013
I am pondering a transfer and move to Minneapolis area for a larger salary and better position.
I was born and raised here in Georgia and only traveled mostly through the Southeast USA.
I am a little apprehensive on how my family and I might fit in there. I know people are pretty much the same wherever you go but any thoughts you might have about moving to your area would be greatly appreciated.
#2 Apr 30, 2013
We don't like any southern hicks around here. We have enough Gigg Ger lovers as it is.
#3 Apr 30, 2013
You are smart in checking on where to live before moving there.
Of course the safest way to check on an area is to move there and rent, that way you will experiance first hand what life is like before commiting to a purchased home. You can rent storage for large items if you don't want to move then into a rental unit.
If you qualified the type of family you have it might help: how diverse environment you desire, do you prefer urban or suburban living, do you want public transit to move about on, is GLBT living important, do you want the lowest crime area, is access to a lake important, airport access/noise, church access, want some acres 3-5 or more, where will you work in a city/suburb, and any other variables that are priorities to you and family.
Aspects of living in Minnesota you need to consider that concern some:
Weather, it gets below freezing starting in October and doesn't thaw until March. In fact in January/February it may not rise to abouve 32 degrees for the 2 months. Many years we get a couple of weeks where it gets -20 in the night. The wonderfull lakes grow ice during this period of cold.
Of course the cold brings snow enabeling:
cross country sking, Minnesota has few big hills
ice fishing the ice gets thick enough to walk on
winter photography (it is beautiful)
Summers are variable and most residents go north to vacation on a lake, many own a lake home. Minnesota state parks are nice and offer alternatives to lake home ownership. And private resorts are also available, 5 STAR etc.
One item you might not like is the Minnesota state bird, mesquito. You see that bug loves to bite people and carries some dangerous illness. Of course recently the deer tick has introduced a number of new illnesses and is respected for its danger.
Minnesota taxation is HIGH and getting higher because voters guided liberals into state Government, consider that.
In summary the cold weather is the biggest shock if you haven't been here. Summer is all over the map with hot and humid and dry dusty and uncomfortable at times.
The area in which you live has a huge influence on how you will like/dislike Minnesota. From crime ridden Minneapolis to very private and secure North Oaks. From old metro towns like Stillwater and White Bear Lake offerring old houseing to Eden Prarie, Maple Grove, Woodbury, Forest Lake and other suburds with large lots and low crime rates.
Minneapolis and Saint Paul proper continuously struggle to maintain roads/bridges, education and control crime. Minnesota offers wonderful welfare benefits which draw many from Chicago, Gary Indiana, and other blue cities out east. Many of these opportunists jump on the offer of handouts based on the number of kids they have AND pump out more and more welfare dependants. Recently Minnesota has spread out the welfare dependants and associated crime has followed into suburbs etc.
Be careful where you move to, some areas have high intensity Section 8 houseing and DFL/socialists won't tell you where that is.
#4 Apr 30, 2013
Fascinating that you exemplify the hickish behavior so remarkably well that you had attributed to us born in the South.
Surely this is not typical of our Northern brethren? Well?
#5 Apr 30, 2013
That was great.A few times I moved into rental property and was unhappy from the first day cause I didn't ask. I think your comments are very helpful.
#6 Apr 30, 2013
Don't mind him. He is just odd.
#7 Apr 30, 2013
The place is actually New Brighton MN. Thank you for the advise.
I cannot imagine -20 degree temperatures. We only get below freezing a relatively few nights of the year.
I will be coming there to visit and tour the facility before I make my decision.
My teenage son is really into football and some baseball to a degree. We have never participated in any of the activities you mentioned because it rarely snows, maybe once every 3-4 years.
I had to Google "GLBT" to learn what that is, is that really that important for housing?
We like country living if possible, absolutely no urban, crime or projects.
The usually I suppose, good schools, family oriented neighborhoods, traditional values, etc.
Thank you again for an idea of what to expect and look for.
#8 Apr 30, 2013
New Brighton is a nice area a newer suburb with the values you look for.
Visiting Minnesota during warm months will trick you if you don't understand the cold winter months. Said that I always say you CAN put on enough warm cloths to allow you to be warm, you can't take off enough cloths to be cool. We live with windows open during summer and on average use AC 2 weeks a summer, when it's over 90 and too hot to sleep.
Those sports your son is interested in are alive and well, PLUS hockey, hunting, fishing, soccer, and all other sports. When summer arrives the summer sports take off big time.
New Brighton will provide you a short commute if you are considering working in the northren suburbs. For example you wouldn't want to live there and work in Eden Prarie. I forget to focus on Twin Cities "freeways", they are NOT freeways as they are ranked poor because of regular predictable congestion. MnDOT says we have 2 seasons: winter and road repair. They will NOT add lanes needed to move the masses of vehicles or maintain safe bridges, you must be away of the falling of the I35W bridge.
BTW I like to live east of my place of employment because when the sun gets lower in the sky in fall and spring you don't have the sun in your eyes driving to/from work, a little tip.
If you are serious about living on a couple of acres in the country there are houses available but are a distance out from core cities. However many commute from Hudson Wisconsin and points east, a long drive. A good realtor can help out, there are still foreclosed houses available.
The following MnDOT WEB site provides roadwork, traffic flows, cameras on the Twin Cities Metro "freeways".
I hope I'm not providing to much info but you know there is no such thing as too much information, and the only stupid question is the one not asked.
#9 Apr 30, 2013
Are you calling me Surely? Hill Billy.
#10 Apr 30, 2013
Thanks for the info. You're quite the information station. Do you work for the chamber of commerce? At first I thought this was a copy and paste. Thanks again for writing a short story.
#11 Apr 30, 2013
Maybe you can get together with the Georgia poster. He's probably black. And you know how they like their white women. Chunky and ugly. Kind of like you.
#12 Apr 30, 2013
Crapass "thought" ??? Nope....
#13 Apr 30, 2013
Do you really think the chamber of commerce would write what I wrote?
They are very PC and wouldn't say anything negative about the Twin Cities and let the suprises hit new people hard.
I wonder what the chamber would respond with if asked by someone from out of state what to expect? Would they "sell" one area not considering priorities?
#14 Apr 30, 2013
I am white, if it matters.
#15 Apr 30, 2013
BTW, my comment about living east of where I work is germain in Minnesota because during winter months you end up driving to and from work in the dark.
The daylight hours in winter in Minnesota is about 8 hours.
So for a period of time in spring and fall you end up driving with the sun just at and just above the horizon which blinds drivers causing some car crashes. If you live east of where you work the sun is at your back and not in your eyes.
I don't know if this is a factor in Ga or not, but is a factor in Minnesota living.
#16 Apr 30, 2013
Thank you for all the info. It was 85 here today and won't be long until its hot.
I am sure we will have to invest in many winter clothes if we do move there, thank you again for all the information and your input.
You are very kind.
Since: Jul 10
#17 Apr 30, 2013
one thing you could do. is go thru your local police station. or if you have any relatives in the LE, talk to them. since the police do talk among themselves. they do keep track on what areas are high crime vs lower crime. as well as what type of crime is on the average tends to take place in any given area.
found this out when I moved out. that my dad contacted my cousin(nephew by blood) who was a Minneapolis police officer. he told my dad the stats on the area that I've been in for decades.
if you do rent. make sure that they are not being owned by a 'front' for some management group that might be running several 'front's at one time. there is one group here in the metro that is doing just that. my husband ran into them when they bought the apartment he was living in before moving into our condo here.
#18 Apr 30, 2013
Minnesota temps bounce all over. It was 82 on the past Sunday, tomorrow it will be 45, these are high temps. We normally make the transition to warmer weather in earky April, this year we are a month late, Minnesota.
A good example, 2 weeks ago we got 23 inches of snow up north and snowmobiling was possible and temps were -30 at 10 in the morning. YES that is 30 below zero in April at 10 in the morning. We had a blast and loved the reprive from spring. To this day northren lakes have 30+ inches of ice on them and ice fishing goes on.
Take care and I'll answer any new questions factually, from what I know.
#19 Apr 30, 2013
Sangelia makes good points.
You may also find out into on New Brighton here:
The city WEB site:
A private WEB site on New Brighton:
I have had friends and relatives live in New Brighton and there are no issues there from them.
#20 Apr 30, 2013
Minnesota has 100,000 Somali Muslims. Svengoolie has had sex with about 1000 of them.
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