Which twin is better?

Yesterday I got a call from someone who wanted to know which city is better to live in St. Paul or Minneapolis? Even though the cities are called twin cities there are some big differences.

St. Paul has more of a small town feel where as Minneapolis feels more like a big city. The good news is that the cities are right next door to each other. It is easy to live in one city and take advantage of all that both cities have to offer.

Housing is a little more expensive in Minneapolis than it is in St. Paul. The minimum wage is higher in Minneapolis than it is in St. Paul. Property taxes are higher in Minneapolis but they include more services like trash removal and alley plowing.

The cities have very different personalities.  I think both are great places to live but the cities are not identical twins.

chart of median home prices
Median Home prices Minneapolis and St. Paul