A Robust Economy
Consistently ranked as one of the world’s best places to do business, our thriving economy is built on a strong foundation of well-respected companies and a highly-educated workforce.
Referred to as the Twin Cities, Minneapolis-St. Paul is the country’s 16th largest metropolitan area and the 13th largest by GDP. Approximately 65% (3.5 million) of the state’s population resides in the 13-county metro area. In addition to being the cultural center of the state (second only to New York City in live theatre per capita), the Twin Cities is instrumental in driving the state’s economy as well.
Areas within the Twin Cities region offer different strengths that support the regional economy. Industry clusters provide a large share of jobs in the metro and give the state a competitive advantage in the U.S. and global economy.