Working in Minnesota

If you’re considering working in Minnesota, here are some facts about the information technology industry, business environment, and the Twin Cities region.

  • Eight Minneapolis-St. Paul-based companies are among the largest software companies in the world.
  • A number of major companies have data centers in the Twin Cities — Target, Unisys, United Health Group and Thomson Reuters.
  • According to the 2009 Forbes “Most Wired Cities” report, Minneapolis ranked seventh among the 30 most wired cities in the country.
  • About 8.5 percent of all jobs in the state are in science and technology (STEM) occupations. Most STEM workers are in information technology and computer-related disciplines.
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul ranks among the top four “Best U.S. Cities for Business” for 2009, according to MarketWatch.
  • The Twin Cities are considered to have a high quality of life.
  • The Minneapolis-St. Paul area is in top rankings of Forbes’ ranking of America’s Best Cities for Young Professionals, with recent positions from 3rd to 10th place.
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul workers have one of the nation’s fastest commutes, outperforming other big markets.