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A great place to live, but you will pay for it.... - 3/29/2008
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Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis/St. Paul offers what most bigger, cosmopolitan cities do (ie. great shopping, good restaurants, and plenty from the art scene). It surprises most transplants, however, just how expensive it is to live here.
Minneapolis/St Paul is wonderful place to live, but between the extremely high and growing taxes, as well as the hefty price tag of metro housing, you need to be prepared to pay for the pleasure of living in this livable city....

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Minneapolis, MN

Expensive housing, but the buildings are "cheap" - 10/3/2013

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Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis MN - 3/26/2013

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Minneapolis, MN

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Minneapolis, MN

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Minneapolis, MN

It's ok - 10/3/2012

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Minneapolis, MN

Not great for young people of color, but plenty of - 6/24/2012

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Minneapolis, MN

Quality of Life - 5/27/2012

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television / internet service availability - 12/8/2011

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weather - 9/10/2011

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Minnecrapolis - 9/1/2011

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Minneapolis, MN

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About The City of Minneapolis - 7/13/2011

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Great place for Whites, but no minorites - 5/16/2011

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Minneapolis, MN

Todd Captures it Best (in his 1/10/2010 Post) - 3/31/2011

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St. Paul, MN

Very, Very, Very expensive to live here - 2/22/2011

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