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Twin Cities Metro

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The Twin Cities Metro region includes Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington counties.

Do you want to live and work in the Twin Cities Metro region of Minnesota?

  • Research the cost of living and learn about salaries.
  • Find in demand jobs and learn how to find job vacancy data.
  • Explore education options.

To determine whether a job you're considering will pay enough to meet your basic expenses start by researching the cost of living in your area. Once you understand the cost of living learn about salaries. Next, research jobs and employers in the region. Finally, you're ready to start planning your education. Find programs and courses that match the occupations you're interested in.

What does it cost to live in the Twin Cities Metro?

The tools below can help you understand how much it costs to live in the Twin Cities Metro region of Minnesota.

Cost of Living
The Cost of Living data tool from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) calculates the basic needs cost of living, including child care, food, health care, housing transportation, and taxes. It allows you to view results by county, region, or statewide. The tool also gives you the option of a variety of family definitions, including one or two adults working either full-time or part-time, and up to four children.

The table below shows the cost of living in the Twin Cities Metro region for a typical family, considered to be a 3 person family with 2 adults working a combined 60 hours a week.

Cost of Living in the Twin Cities Metro region of Minnesota for a Typical Family
Yearly Cost $61,236
Hourly Wage $19.63
Child Care $626
Food $774
Health Care $521
Housing $1,050
Transportation $787
Other $533
Taxes $812

Source: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), Labor Market Information, 2017

From the table you can see that in the Twin Cities Metro region, in order to meet basic needs like housing, transportation, and healthcare a typical family would have to earn $19.63/hour. Find the cost of living for other family types.

Reality Check Tool
The Reality Check Tool allows you to compare lifestyle choices and salary. To build a budget for your desired lifestyle based on the cost of living in the Twin Cities Metro region select "Get a Reality Check" and choose either Anoka or St Paul - Minneapolis as your region. You'll be able to build a budget by choosing from a variety of lifestyle options for housing, utilities, food, transportation, and more. At the end you'll see the Annual Salary needed to achieve your desired lifestyle and find potential occupations.

Salaries in the Twin Cities Metro

The median wage for all occupations in the Twin Cities Metro region is $21.55/hour. The median wage indicates that 50% of workers earn more and 50% of workers earn less than this amount.

Source: Occupational Employment Statistics First Quarter 2017, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

Find salaries for specific occupations.

Hot Industries and Jobs in the Twin Cities Metro

Top Industries

  • Restaurants and Other Eating Places
  • General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
  • Insurance Carriers
  • Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
  • Elementary and Secondary Schools
  • Computer Systems Design and Related Services
  • Offices of Physicians
  • Department Stores
  • Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly
  • Other Amusement and Recreation Industries

Source: CEB TalentNeuron Recruit, 2016 First Quarter

Current Hot Jobs

View Occupations in Demand in the Twin Cities Metro region.

To find out which jobs will be available in the future check out Employment Outlook data for the Twin Cities Metro region.

Job Vacancies

Twice a year, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development conducts a survey to identify the number and location of job vacancies. The survey also collects information about training requirements and starting wages offered by employers for those vacancies.

Use the Job Vacancy Survey Data Tool to view job vacancies. Select the Change Area button to filter the results for the Seven County Mpls-St Paul Planning Region.

When comparing these occupations you should also consider job quality. Low wage occupations are more likely to be affected by high turnover. This may be the reason why they have so many openings. Some occupations are highly seasonal. The demand for these types of jobs drops in the fall and picks up again in the spring. Some openings are mainly part time and temporary. Consider all of these factors when selecting an occupation to research.

Find Employers

Top Employers in the Region

The following employers posted the highest number of classified ads in the region during the first quarter of 2016.

  1. Unitedhealth Group
  2. Allina Health
  3. Target Corporation
  4. Fairview Health Services
  5. Wells Fargo
  6. U.S. Bank
  7. University Of Minnesota
  8. Oracle
  9. Medtronic
  10. Park Nicollet
  11. Life Time Fitness, Inc.
  12. 3M Company
  13. Best Buy
  14. North Memorial Health Care
  15. Allina Health System
  16. HealthEast Care System
  17. Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
  18. Thomson Reuters
  19. State of Minnesota
  20. HealthPartners

Source: CEB TalentNeuron Recruit, 2016 First Quarter

More Tools

Use the tools below to find employers and jobs in your region.

CareerOneStop Business Finder
Use the Business Finder to find local businesses that may be hiring in your field.

Job Search
Search and apply for jobs on Minnesotaworks.net.

Plan Your Education in the Twin Cities Metro

Find Minnesota State Colleges and Universities in the Twin Cities Metro. Or locate on the map below. You can also find programs, short-term training programs, and courses in the Twin Cities Metro region.


Find an Apprenticeship Sponsor in the Twin Cities Metro

Apprenticeship programs are a good way to start a rewarding career. You can earn a salary while gaining marketable skills. In Minnesota, there are two types of state-approved apprenticeship programs. Registered apprenticeships are for Minnesotans age 16 and older. Youth apprenticeships are for high school juniors and seniors.

Find registered apprenticeship sponsors in the Twin Cities Metro.