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America's Top States for quality of life: Take a bow

The Stone Arch Bridge crossing Mississippi River at Saint Anthony Falls in Minneapolis, MN

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The North Star State has something to offer almost everyone. Enjoy the natural beauty of the North Woods or the cosmopolitan sophistication of the Twin Cities. And everyone, it seems, is "Minnesota Nice"—so much so that the crime rate is among the nation's lowest. The home of the famed Mayo Clinic is one of America's healthiest states, and the environment is among the cleanest. But if you're not a fan of winter, beware. With an average annual temperature of just 41.2 degrees Fahrenheit, Minnesota is one of America's coldest states. But they'll tell you—nicely—that they know how to adapt.

2013 Quality of Life Rank (Points): #3 (242)

2013 Overall Rank: #15

2012 Quality of Life Rank: #5

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