Monday, November 2, 2009

Why Live In Minnesota?

People in other parts of the country often can’t imagine why anyone would want to live in Minnesota. Our winters are cold and long, our summers are (usually) hot, humid and over in the blink of an eye. But Minnesota has a way of growing on people. Sure, they complain while they’re here but when/if they move out of state I almost always hear them say “I wish I was still in Minnesota.”

Here, some of the good things about living in Minnesota:

  1. We have no sales tax on clothing. This includes shoes (as long as they aren’t specialty shoes like soccer cleats or golf shoes).
  2. We have no tax on food. This doesn’t include food prepared in a restaurant, but still. No tax on our food is good too, right?
  3. We have separate stores for alcohol and they close early. They aren’t even open at all on Sundays. Maybe this doesn’t seem like a plus, but it forces you to plan ahead. Life lessons people!
  4. We can say dorky things like “yah, you betcha” and other native Minnesotans don’t think we’re weird.
  5. We have Early Childhood Family Education available. I would have gone completely nuts (even more than I have) without ECFE, especially when my first child was born. I learned so much and met so many great people in these classes. Most of all I learned that I’m not the only parent struggling with issues.
  6. Our streets are clean, our crime rates are low and we have little air pollution.
  7. It’s beautiful, even in the wintertime. Have you ever seen snow that sparkles? Some snowfalls look like glitter.
  8. If you don’t like the current weather, you can be fairly certain it will be different tomorrow.

3 comments:

Holly at Tropic of Mom said...

Fun list! It sounds beautiful. I'd love to visit the Boundary Water someday. Please tell me my geography is correct and that's in the general Minnesota area...?

Heather said...

Yes! A Plus to Holly for geography! I've never been up there, but the friends that have say it really is gorgeous-in the summer of course.

Confessions of a Mom said...

I agree, plus we have all the lakes and state parks, farming, Favre, and some of the best education systems in the country. And my favorite part? "Minnesota Nice"!!!!!