10 coolest cities in the Midwest

America’s heartland too frequently gets labeled as flyover country -- the states you fly over to get between the East and West coasts. But take another look and you’ll notice that the Midwest harbors some of the country’s coolest college towns, hippest city neighborhoods, cheapest real estate, best cuisine and all-around greatest places to live and visit.

Text by Chelsea Lin | Photo editing by Mike Hipple

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Jan 30, 2013 5:43PM
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Depends on what 'cool' is. Being 'cool' is a term mostly used by young people.What does that tell you?
Jan 30, 2013 3:26PM
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So this was about the most populated cities? Cuz it couldn't have been about the coolest since they didn't mention lawrence, ks and it's 100x cooler than Kansas city or St. Louis
Jan 30, 2013 2:41PM
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St.Louis is the pits. If my family didn't live here I would have left a long time ago.
I'm seriously thinking of moving to Costs Rica.
Jan 30, 2013 1:19PM
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WHA???  MINNEAPPLE IS NUMMMMMMMMBERRRRR ONE!!!!

MPLS ROCKS....

BEST PEOPLE....

BEST GOOD TIMES............... CHICAGO>?  ICK

Jan 30, 2013 1:09PM
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My GOD !!! What a bunch of smoke screen crap!  Chicago is not cool. Chicago is a joke. Record murders for the month of January. Corrupt Government . Stupid gun laws. BLA, BLA ,BLA .  It stinks bad there too garbage everywhere. 
Jan 30, 2013 12:53PM
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Chicago?? No thanks...terrible weather, congested and now murder capital of the country.
Jan 30, 2013 11:07AM
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I lived in New York City for 10 years, from age 27-36. I was thoroughly BORED with the nightclubs (horrible pop music) after living in Minneapolis all my life. I also was surprised at the lack of quality of education evident, despite all of the universities. Sure, there was a lot of variety of restaurants and museums, but it was so dirty, and I had so little privacy. I was a designer, and had products of mine advertised in over a dozen famous magazines (like Vogue and InStyle) but I couldn't afford more than a 300 sq. ft. apartment in Queens, and had to ride the Subway everywhere. I couldn't WAIT to move back to Minneapolis/St. Paul (The Twin Cities.) I don't miss a thing. I have my favorite Thai and Indian restaurants here, easier commuting, more privacy, less filthiness, and plenty of cultural opportunities. Minnesotans love their outdoor music festivals, are well educated, and there are plenty of arty types abounding in Uptown. The writer condensed Minneapolis in an odd fashion, missing most of its highlights.
Jan 30, 2013 9:32AM
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The people that reported this must not get around much!

Jan 30, 2013 7:46AM
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You didn't iinclude Grand Rapids, the diamond ring hidden in Michigan's mitten...... and you should have! It's west Michigan's beauty coupled with a huge emphasis on the arts: Festival in June, Art Prize, Meijer Gardens. There's great shopping and restaurants galore, plus the big lake a short drive away ..... a great place to visit  ...... or live!

Jan 30, 2013 1:23AM
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Columbus ?? Really??
Columbus is the world's largest small town, and has been for quite some time. The sidewalks are rolled up at 5. It's all about Ohio State and Ohio State football and state capitol. If it wasn't for those three things, Columbus wouldn't even exist. A lot of kids I went to high school with attended Ohio State, and rhapsodized about how great Columbus is, yet every one of them couldn't wait to come home to the Cleveland area every weekend.

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