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More women make the Twin Cities home

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twin Cities area stands beside such cities as Boston and San Francisco when it comes to attracting highly educated young women who have a choice where they want to live, new census data showed.

The metro area ranked fifth nationally by the end of the 1990s in women's earning power among about 50 metro areas of 1 million or more.

Some say the state's Nordic history that is open to women in the workplace has played a factor.

"It's a cultural thing," said Hazel Reinhardt, the former state demographer. "It's powerfully influenced by Scandinavian values. When you leave the home to work, you are not seen as 'abandoning' the home."

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