MINNEAPOLIS, MN

Claim to fame: Down-to-earth residents and a plethora of lakes.

Little-known fact: It’s been rated the fittest city in America three years in a row.

Where you’ll work: There’s a healthy finance sector and a growing biomedical industry, plus the HQs of Target and Aveda.

Where you’ll eat: The Twin Cities are a foodie paradise, from the James Beard- nominated Butcher & the Boar to the much-hyped Heyday.

Where you’ll hang: Young singles congregate in the Whittier neighborhood, at chill bars like Eat Street Social and quality thrift stores like The Lost & Found.

Oddball date: Head to Wabasha Street Caves, a Prohibition-era club built into the sandstone, for live music and dancing.

Insider tip: Compared with the Coasts, it’s a “friendly dating culture,” says Laura, 30. And it may be their Scandinavian roots, but men here seem “noticeably taller.”

Guy you’ll meet: He’s “beardy, charming, and active,” says Mandy, 25.

By The Numbers

Ratio: 1.074 men per 1 woman

Well-being: 16th out of 189 metro areas

Unemployment: 4.1 percent

Wage gap: -20¢

Violent crime: 8.77 per 1,000 people

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The Best Cities for Single Girls  was originally published on wzakcleveland.com

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