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Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Are the stereotypes true? Is it actually harder to make friends in the Twin Cities?

Zoom out: New research shows Americans have fewer friends than in the past. Only 13% of U.S. adults reported having 10 or more close friends in 2021, versus 33% in 1990, Axios' Mike Allen writes.

  • 22% percent of Americans say it's been at least five years since they last made a new friend, according to May polling by the Survey Center on American Life.

We want to hear from you. We're asking:

  • Are native Minnesotans more difficult to befriend?
  • If you're from Minnesota, are most of your friends also from here?
  • How do you meet new people?
  • What advice would you give to transplants looking to form new friendships?

Our survey is short, simple and should take just a couple of minutes to complete. It runs through Thursday night, and the results will be shared next week.

Take and share the survey.

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Go deeper

How to meet new friends in the Twin Cities, according to readers

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Data: Axios poll; Chart: Will Chase/Axios. Note: Multiple answers could be selected

Last week, Axios Twin Cities asked its readers to share their experiences making friends in the metro.

Yes, but: It's not impossible, if you know where to look.

What they're saying: "It's about putting yourself out there. Friends are made through work, volunteering, at the gym or other ways like meeting friends of friends, joining a group that shares similar interests." — Linda B.

  • "It takes effort once you're beyond your last year of school, but that holds true regardless of the 'where.' It's as easy to find groups and events here as anywhere else, if not more so, in my experience." — Dan W.
  • "Reach out yourself. If you are new, be the one to introduce. If they are new, be the welcome person."
  • "Befriend people that aren't from here. And get a dog."

Of note: Some readers who took our survey selected multiple methods for how they met their friends.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
1 hour ago - Energy & Environment

China vows end to building coal-fired power plants abroad

Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo: Mary Altaffer - Pool/Getty Images

Chinese President Xi Jinping told the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday that his country "will not build new coal-fired power projects abroad" and plans to boost support for clean energy in developing nations.

Why it matters: The pledge, if maintained, would mark a breakthrough in efforts to transition global power away from the most carbon-emitting fuel.

House Democrats strip Iron Dome money from government funding bill

Photographer: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images

House Democrats on Tuesday stripped $1 billion for Israel's Iron Dome defense system from its short-term government funding bill after backlash from progressives, people familiar with the decision tell Axios.

Why it matters: There has never a situation where military aid for Israel was held up because of objections from members of Congress. While the funding will get a vote in its current defense bill, the clash underscores the deep divisions within the Democratic party over Israel.

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