Active Adult Living in Minneapolis
You may not know much about Minneapolis, or you may have lived there your entire life, but beyond the city’s “Minnesota Nice” reputation, there’s a lot to love about this beautiful and cosmopolitan metro area. Read on to learn more about why retiring in Minnesota may just be the right move for you and what it is like living in Minneapolis.
Minneapolis Lifestyle Guide For Active Adults
Minneapolis, the capital city of Minnesota, dates from the mid-19th century when it was settled primarily by Scandinavian immigrants. The city still pays homage to its Nordic roots through hygge: the on-trend lifestyle movement that emphasizes minimalist style, coziness, and comfort. With this and other Scandinavian design influences, history, and food styles to enjoy, active adult living in Minneapolis can be both relaxing and enjoyable. Here are some of the top things active adults in the area can come to enjoy. Uff da!
Minneapolis Attractions and Amenities For Seniors
If you’re a public radio listener, you are already familiar with one of Minneapolis top free attractions-- the Minnesota Public Radio, home to Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion show. Indeed, throughout Minneapolis, if you are a fan of the arts, you are sure to find something to enjoy. With an emphasis on the arts and the area’s history, there are scores of museums and performance venues for active adults to explore.
For the theater buff, it’s been said that Minneapolis has more theater seats than New York City. While that may be an urban myth, Minneapolis indeed has a thriving theater district, with performances you’re sure to love. Consider visiting the Minnesota Orchestra, which has its own Hall downtown, or make a stop at the stunning Guthrie Theater, the largest and most beloved venue in town. Featuring everything from Shakespeare to Steel Magnolias, the Guthrie Theater offers performances year-round and features discounts for adults 65 or better.
Minneapolis is also host to several special events throughout the year that can be enjoyed by active adults and people of all ages. From special events like the Aquatennial Festival in July, the Holidazzle parades in December, and the Loppet Cross-Country Ski Festival and Races in February, there is a little something for everyone. And of course, the Minnesota State Fair, situated between Minneapolis and the neighboring “twin” city of St. Paul, is one of the largest and most exciting events of its kind in the country. Occurring in the late summer and, the fair offers you the opportunity to rub elbows with 1.7 million of your friends and neighbors over its 12-day stretch.
If you are looking for something a little quieter or more secluded, Minneapolis also offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy nature. Active adults can partake in hikes, nature walks, and more in one of the city’s numerous parks and natural spaces. While Minnehaha Falls may be the most famous, other top parks for nature walks include Westwood Hills Nature Center, the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, and the Lyndale Park Rose Gardens.
Cost of Living in Minneapolis
The cost of living in Minneapolis is generally favorable compared to the national average. While housing and transportation are slightly more expensive than elsewhere, groceries, health care, and utilities tend to be below the national average, making the area more affordable for active adults. The one exception is heating fuel, which is quite pricey due to those long Minnesota winters.
Minneapolis’s cost of living is also impacted by Minnesota’s general tax policies which, according to smartasset.com are not necessarily retirement tax-friendly. While property taxes are close to the national average, Minnesota does tax Social Security retirement benefits as well as other forms of retirement income, which you may want to take into consideration.
That said, if you do decide to call Minneapolis home, one major benefit you’ll find about the area is the unique and distinct neighborhoods that the city offers. From inner suburbs that feature unique characters and subcultures, to outer exurbs that provide a comfortable suburban living, Minneapolis offers a variety of options for your housing dollar, and each offers a distinctive beauty and unique amenities.
Minneapolis Climate and Weather
Any conversation about living in Minneapolis would be incomplete if one did not talk about Minneapolis’s climate and weather. While there is no denying – Minnesota does get cold, there is good news for those who decide to retire in Minneapolis—you do get a balance of warm and cold weather throughout the year. You can expect five months of winter, five months of summer, with one month each of spring and fall. The bad news? When it’s cold, it’s cold.
You can expect your long winter to stretch from November to April with temperatures rarely rising above freezing, and that cold weather will bring several feet of snow and below-zero temperatures at times.
How do you survive the long, cold winter? Here are some tips for active adults who decide to brave the Minnesota weather:
- Be prepared. Ensure that you keep a stocked pantry and that you don’t get behind on your grocery shopping. Invest in long underwear and quality outerwear to stay snug. You will also want to consider good boots and even snowshoes -- yes, people here really do wear them.
- Learn how to properly care for your car in the winter. Learn how to install tire chains, how to start your car without flooding it, and the best way to ensure your car is properly warmed up before you drive away. Be sure to keep an emergency kit and warm blankets in the trunk, just in case of a breakdown or delay.
- Get out and move! You’ll feel better if you get out and get some sunshine. Learn about cold-weather activities like snowshoeing, ice skating, broomball, ice fishing, and even dog-sledding. Life in Minneapolis could open you up to a whole new world of sporty possibilities.
And of course, as an active adult, you can always enjoy the winter by choosing to “snowbird” it to another warmer location.
While one may not necessarily think about Minnesota for retirement, there is so much to love when you live in Minneapolis. And with Del Webb, one of the nation’s leading builders of 55+ communities, you can enjoy the vibrant and active lifestyle you have always dreamed of in our premier active adult communities in Minneapolis. With rich amenity offerings and access to the thriving Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, Del Webb helps you make the best out of your Minneapolis retirement.
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