The areas to the north and east of downtown Minneapolis are popular residential neighborhoods with hidden pockets of art, food, and nightlife. Across the river from downtown, Northeast Minneapolis features less expensive housing, the Mississippi River, and easy access to city life. Northeast Minneapolis is also home to the University of Minnesota. Living close to the university in an area known as "Dinkytown" means plenty of cheap eats and entertainment.
Sister cities Minneapolis and St. Paul share the qualities that make Minnesota such a great place to live, yet each city maintains its own identity. With 3.3 million residents, the Twin Cities metropolitan area is diverse and lively. The cities are quite multicultural, with African-American, East- and West-African, Hmong, Latino, White, and Native American communities.
Both Minneapolis and St. Paul are rich in parks and waterfront areas, with hundreds of lakes and wetlands, the Mississippi riverfront, creeks, and waterfalls. Average temperatures range from the 20s in January to the 80s in July, and residents of the Twin Cities truly experience all four seasons in a year. Both cities are full of venues for theater, live music, and readings: Minnesotans consider the area the capital of the arts in the upper midwest.
Minneapolis and St. Paul offer many affordable and engaging neighborhood options. Wherever they choose to live, corps members find it easy to get around the region. The geographic span of the Twin Cities is relatively small, and you can drive between the two most distant schools where our corps members teach in about 25 minutes. Most often, corps members choose to live in a community near or within an easy commute to their school.
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