Minneapolis/St. Paul Joint Air Reserve Station
760 Military Hwy, Minneapolis, MN 55450
In Minneapolis, the summers are warm and wet; the winters are freezing, snowy, and windy; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 9°F to 83°F and is rarely below -11°F or above 92°F.
The warm season lasts for 3.9 months, from May 22 to September 17, with an average daily high temperature above 71°F. The hottest day of the year is July 18, with an average high of 83°F and low of 65°F. The cold season lasts for 3.3 months, from November 26 to March 4, with an average daily high temperature below 36°F. The coldest day of the year is January 22, with an average low of 9°F and high of 24°F.
The wetter season lasts 5.8 months, from April 10 to October 4, with a greater than 25% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 41% on June 20. The drier season lasts 6.2 months, from October 4 to April 10. The smallest chance of a wet day is 8% on February 3.
Cost of Living
Compared to other cities in Minnesota and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Minneapolis, MN is 106, which is 4% higher than the Minnesota average and 6% higher than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Minneapolis, MN are 2% higher than the average for Minnesota and 7% higher than the rest of the country.
Getting to Know the Area
Minneapolis/St. Paul Joint Air Reserve Station is located in the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Saint Paul, the state capital of Minnesota, forms the “Twin Cities” with neighboring Minneapolis. It’s home to the Science Museum of Minnesota, with its dinosaur specimens and immersive theater. The Minnesota History Center has interactive exhibits about the region’s history. Nearby is the beaux arts Cathedral of Saint Paul. The Cass Gilbert–designed Minnesota State Capitol features paintings of Civil War scenes.
The city’s Como Park Zoo & Conservatory has snow leopards, Galapagos tortoises, and botanical gardens. Acclaimed writer F. Scott Fitzgerald once lived on Summit Avenue, which is known for its Victorian buildings. The imposing James J. Hill House, the former home of the railroad magnate, is now a museum. Life in the late 1800s is re-created with period furnishings at the Alexander Ramsey House. Parks and trails hug the shores of the Mississippi River, which is popular for boating and bird watching.
Minneapolis is known for its parks and lakes. Minneapolis is also home to many cultural landmarks like the Walker Art Center, a contemporary art museum, and the adjacent Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, famed for Claes Oldenburg’s “Spoonbridge and Cherry” sculpture.
The city’s other notable art museums include the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the ultramodern University of Minnesota’s Weisman Art Museum. In Downtown, the Mill City Museum recalls Minneapolis’ industrial history on the grounds of a former mill, while the historic Guthrie Theater presents Shakespeare plays and contemporary productions. A scenic bike path and cross-country skiing trails wind past the city’s main lakes, dubbed the Chain of Lakes. The neighborhoods of Uptown and North Loop draw visitors to their boutique shops, chic cafes and bars.
For more information about the Twin Cities, visit http://mspmag.com/.