The largest city in Minnesota and home to the Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Twins, and Minnesota Timberwolves (the Minnesota Wild play in neighboring St. Paul
.) Minneapolis has a reputation for terrible winter weather, but it's not too hard to get used to it. However, in the summer, the weather is absolutely beautiful- average high temperatures are usually around 80-85 degrees (note: it seems like every year there is a week where the temperature is about 95 degrees every day) and it doesn't rain too often.
Minneapolis has a good park system and is consistently ranked as one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the country. The public transportation system isn't that great; the bus system is decent and there is only one light-rail line and one commuter rail line going through the city at the moment, though more train lines are being planned. The city really isn't that ghetto compared to a lot of other big cities- parts of it, such as North Minneapolis, are fairly bad but the rest of the city is very safe for a city its size.
Minneapolis is the only big city that is covered in snow for 4 months each year and still has warmer summers than San Diego.