People and goods are on the move
With its convenient, centralized location, the Greater MSP region allows companies to maximize access to clients, suppliers, and markets on both U.S. coasts and around the world. We're well-connected and nicely networked by air, land and water.
More than 33 million passengers pass through MSP International every year, making it the 17th busiest airport in North America for passenger traffic. It offers non-stop flights to 155 U.S. cities and international markets, and is consistently lauded for its efficiency and passenger satisfaction. For those outside the region, a dozen municipal airports make travel even more convenient for private and corporate aircraft. Best of all, travelers from MSP can reach either coast in about three hours or less.
Commuters in Greater MSP enjoy the sixth shortest commute time among major U.S. metropolitan areas — and Minnesota was ranked 9th best state for Infrastructure in CNBC's Top States for Business rankings. Our mass transit system also continues to expand, including renowned bus, bike and pedestrian systems and a growing MnPASS Express Lane System that eases commute times for buses, carpools and solo drivers.
For businesses, Greater MSP is an ideal location from which to distribute products to both coasts. Our central location and quick access to I-35 and I-94, both major national thruways, makes it easy for products to arrive anywhere in the continental US relatively quickly.
Looking for ocean access? Greater MSP has it to the north, via the Port of Duluth on Lake Superior. Going South, there are three ports on the Mississippi River leading down to the Gulf of Mexico. The Lake Superior and Mississippi ports are busy and thriving, with Minnesota transporting a grand total of over 63.9 million tons of goods in 2016 alone.