Minneapolis is 4th-Most Socially Networked City

On a new list compiled by Men's Health magazine, St. Paul ranked 29th and earned a B- grade.

If you live or work in Minneapolis, chances are good that you have a Facebook page, a Twitter account, and/or a LinkedIn page.

The city ranked fourth on Men's Health magazine's just-released list of the “most socially networked cities.”

Minnesota's most populous city earned an A+ grade and ranked just behind Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, Georgia; and Denver, Colorado-which took the top three spots, respectively.

Men's Health compiled the list, which includes 100 major U.S. cities, by calculating the number of Facebook and LinkedIn users per capita-looking at overall Twitter usage. The national magazine also factored in traffic generated by the major social networks, including Myspace, Friendster, Reddit, and Digg, and looked at the percentage of households that check out chat rooms and blogs.

Men's Health found St. Paul to be significantly less socially networked than Minneapolis, ranking it 29th and assigning a B- grade.

Behind Minneapolis and rounding out the top 10 on the list are Seattle, Washington; San Francisco, California; Orlando, Florida; Austin, Texas; Boston, Massachusetts; and Salt Lake City, Utah-in that order.

Among Minnesota's neighboring states:

  • Madison, Wisconsin, ranked 15th and earned a B+.
  • Des Moines, Iowa, ranked 42nd and earned a C+. 
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin, ranked 45th and earned a C+.
  • Fargo, North Dakota, ranked 46th and earned a C+.

The least socially networked cities, according to Men's Health, are El Paso, Texas; Laredo, Texas; Stockton, California; Lubbock, Texas; Bakersfield, California; and Fresno, California, in that order-all of which earned failing grades.