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Although Minneapolis and St. Paul are known as the Twin Cities, both places are still massively different from each other. First, in terms of an individual's average monthly expenses, it's more costly to live in Minneapolis than in St. Paul. Secondly, there may be more art and theater centers in St. Paul than in Minneapolis.
Focusing on education as one of the pillars of national development, you'll find one city hosting more institutions of higher learning than the other. While history is also a significant factor to consider when differentiating between these cities, safety might be another issue altogether. One may house several of the nation's essential landmarks while the other may have a few. So, let's look at these differences in a more detailed manner below:
Looking at Minneapolis vs. St. Paul, downtown will be an excellent factor to start with. St. Paul's Rice Park is said to be far better than Minneapolis's Peavey Plaza in terms of house and food prices, as well as overall visitors' satisfaction, thanks to the stunning river bluff views.
On the other hand, the development in Minneapolis's city center stands out, thanks to the Vikings stadium's unique and state-of-the-art non-retractable roof. Further, Minneapolis hosts many bars, as well as many cultural events within the Theater District and Target Field. You also can't miss great restaurants like North Loop.
Arts & Theater
Minneapolis has the Walker Art Center and the Guthrie Theater. Additionally, the Northeast Minneapolis Art District was ranked the best in the US. The beautiful House of Balls' Allen Christian defines Minneapolis.
These are the other most sought-after landmarks in Minneapolis:
●       Weisman Art Museum: Located at the University of Minnesota, the Weisman Art Museum is an essential landmark in Minneapolis, as well as the nation, due to its magnificent architectural design. This attractive and impressive museum focuses mainly on traditional Korean, American Modernism as well as ancient American Southwest's Mimbres pottery.
●       American Swedish Institute: Consisting of both the Turnblad Mansion and Nelson Cultural Center, the American Swedish Institute provides a look at and portrays the significance of the neighboring region of Swedish heritage.
●       Nicollet: The Nicollet is the primary shopping center in downtown Minneapolis. It's mainly a pedestrian zone with large and numerous shops, galleries, restaurants, and public art displays. It is formally known as the Nicollet Mall.
St. Paul, on the other hand, has magnificent pieces of architecture, such as the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. It also has one of the most significant landmarks in the country, the Penumbra (an African-American theater company), not to mention the Lower town art scene, and an incomparable literary legacy.
Some of the other most reputable architects in St. Paul include the following:
●       Cathedral of Saint Paul: The Cathedral of Saint Paul has existed for over a century. Dated back in 1915, the sanctuary is beautifully constructed and firmly standing. You can visit here any time from Monday to Friday (7:00 am to 6:00 pm) and Saturday to Sunday (from 7: 30 am to 6:00 pm).
●       Landmark Center: Dated back in 1902, this is St. Paul's cultural center for different kinds of arts, including music, theater, and dance. The landmark is found at the center of the city's downtown.
●       Blair Arcade Building: This building is also known as Blair Flats, and is located at the corner of the Western and Selby Avenue. It has been in existence since 1887. It consists of critical social centers like Nina's Coffee, which is situated on its first floor.
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Cost of Living
According to a report analyzing the cost of living of the 75 largest cities in the United States, Minneapolis was at the 28th spot with average monthly expenses of $2,015. St. Paul, on the one hand, was at the 36th spot with ordinary monthly expenses of $1,934. While the average rent for apartments in St. Paul is around $1,469, the average rent for the same is $1,617 in Minneapolis as of December 2019. A one-bedroom apartment in St. Paul could go for $1,325 and higher in Minneapolis at $1,671.
Moreover, according to statistics, the cost of transport in St. Paul is generally cheaper than in Minneapolis. For instance, a one-way ticket in St. Paul is $2.25, while the same in Minneapolis is $2.50. Comparing other aspects of life such as food, utility, entertainment, and many more, it clearly shows that living in St. Paul could be cheaper than living in Minneapolis. That said, it pays to know some money-saving solutions, whether you’re living in one city or the other.
Last but not least, history is an essential aspect of any great city. The Minneapolis' Mill City Museum and the Basilica of St. Mary don’t go unnoticed. What's more, the Foshay Tower and the Stone Arch Bridge are essential parts of history in this city. We can't also miss mentioning the Warehouse District, which is almost a century old.
St. Paul, too, is loaded with a lot of historical landmarks. It's here that you'll find the Indian Burial grounds, the State Capitol, and the Cathedral of St. Paul. Also, there's a significant history that's found east of the river.
Final Thoughts
Minneapolis and St. Paul are both magnificent cities. They both have world-class infrastructure, significant historical landmarks, and are important hubs of the economy. There are many aspects you can focus on when comparing these two cities. Looking into the cost of living and transport, St. Paul could be better than Minneapolis. However, when it comes to other areas like education, dining, art and theater, and history, it can be a daunting task to tell which one is better since both are almost at equal levels.
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